How to make tassels with yarn

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Tassels with Yarn

Moving on from the colorful world of effectively dyeing yarn at home, let’s transition to another creative endeavor – learning how to make stylish tassels using yarn. Tassels are a versatile and fun way to add texture and flair to your DIY projects. Whether you’re looking to jazz up a handbag or add some bohemian charm to your home decor, tassels are an easy and affordable way to achieve the desired look. This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating tassels with yarn. It’s a DIY tassel tutorial perfect for beginners and experienced crafters alike.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to make tassels with yarn
  • Create a tassel template out of cardboard
  • Wrap the yarn around the template to create the tassel
  • Customize your tassels with different colors and embellishments
  • Incorporate tassels into your DIY projects for added texture and charm

How to make tassels with yarn

Gather Your Materials

Before starting your tassel-making endeavor, gathering the necessary materials is essential. Fortunately, this craft only requires a few items, most likely already in your crafting stash. This project is perfect for yarn crafts enthusiasts looking for tassel craft ideas or a fun DIY project.

Materials: Yarn Scissors Cardboard template (or stiff paper)
Optional materials: Beads Jewelry findings Embroidery floss Glue

To make your tassel, you’ll need yarn; the thicker, the better. You can combine a single or multiple colors to craft engaging and playful designs. Scissors are necessary to cut your yarn to the desired length and trim the finished tassel. Creating a cardboard template will make it easier to wrap the yarn consistently and maintain a uniform size. Avoid using flimsy paper for this part, as the cardboard creates the tassel head.

Additionally, some optional materials can be used to customize your tassels. Beads can be added during the wrapping process or attached at the end. Jewelry findings such as earrings or keyring hooks can be used to turn tassels into accessories. If desired, you can use embroidery floss to tie the top of your tassel instead of using the yarn tails. Glue can also secure your tassel, though it’s only sometimes necessary.

Create a Tassel Template

Once you have gathered your materials, you can create a template to simplify the tassel-making process. Commence by cutting a cardboard piece to match the size and shape you desire for the tassel. The size of the cardboard will determine the length of the tassel, so keep this in mind when choosing the size.

Next, make a small cut at the bottom of the cardboard. This is where you will wrap the yarn around the template and secure it later. Ensure the cut is small enough so the yarn will not slip out but big enough to insert the yarn easily.

Finally, cut a long piece of yarn and tie it around the top of the cardboard, leaving enough length on the ends to tie onto the tassel once it is complete. This will secure and remove the yarn from the template once the wrapping is complete.

Secure and Remove the Yarn

After wrapping the yarn around the template, it’s time to secure it and remove it from the cardboard. Trim a small yarn segment and insert it between the cardboard and the wrapped yarn. Tie a knot tightly to secure the wrapped yarn together.

Now, gently remove the wrapped yarn from the cardboard template. Take caution not to unravel the yarn while removing it from the cardboard. Keep the knot securely tied while pulling the wrapped yarn out of the cardboard.

Once you have pulled the yarn out, cut another small piece and tie a knot around the top of the tassel, approximately 1 inch down from the top, to create the tassel head.

Create Your Tassel

Once the yarn is secured and removed from the cardboard template, it’s time to trim the tassel to the desired length and shape. Cut through the loops at the bottom of the tassel using sharp scissors. Be sure to cut evenly across to create a clean and uniform look.

Tip: To achieve a dramatic effect, experiment with cutting varying lengths of the loops or trimming the ends of the tassel at an angle for a unique look.

Now that your tassel is trimmed to perfection, it’s time to create the head of the tassel. Cut a small piece of cardboard and wrap a strand of yarn around it several times. Tie the strand tightly at the top to secure the loops. Slide the loops off the cardboard and fold them in half to create the head of the tassel.

Trim the Tassel (Optional)

If you want to add more texture and interest to your tassel, consider trimming the head into a different shape. For example, snip the corners to create a fringe-like effect or round the edges for a softer look.

Tip: For an ombre effect on your tassel, employ varying shades of yarn during the wrapping procedure. Then, trim the ends to produce a gentle transition from one color to the next.

Create the Tassel Head

Before attaching the tassel head to the main body of the tassel, you’ll need to create it. Cut a piece of cardboard a little longer than the desired length of the tassel head. The width of the cardboard can vary depending on how thick you want the head to be.

Wrap your yarn around the cardboard until it’s thick enough to form the head. Use the same color or a contrasting color to create a different look. Once you’re satisfied with the thickness, tie a knot around the top of the yarn bundle to secure it.

Slide the yarn bundle off the cardboard and cut another piece of yarn that’s long enough to wrap around the top of the bundle several times. Tie this piece tightly around the top of the bundle, leaving a long tail that you’ll use to attach the head to the tassel body.

Use scissors to snip the loops at the bottom of the bundle and trim any uneven pieces to create a neat, rounded head.

Customize Your Tassels

Once you have mastered the basic tassel-making technique, the possibilities for customization are endless. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Add beads: To add some sparkle and dimension to your tassels, thread beads onto the yarn before wrapping it around the cardboard template. You can blend and pair diverse colors and types of beads to craft one-of-a-kind patterns.
  • Experiment with yarn: Instead of using one solid color of yarn, try using multiple colors or types of yarn to create a more textured and exciting tassel. You can even use different textures, like mohair or metallic yarn.
  • Get creative with trim: Add some extra embellishments to the ends once you trim your tassel to the desired length. You can tie on additional pieces of yarn, attach pom-poms or tassels, or even glue on some feathers or sequins.
  • Play with size: Feel free to use the size of your cardboard template. You can create tassels in various sizes, from tiny ones for earrings to large ones for home decor pieces.

Whether you want to create a bunch of identical tassels for a project or make each unique, the customization options are endless. Engage in enjoyable experimentation with various materials, colors, and textures to fashion tassels that are genuinely distinctive and unmatched!

Incorporate Tassels into Your Projects

Now that you’ve learned how to make tassels with yarn, it’s time to put them to use in your DIY projects. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add tassels to a scarf or shawl for a pop of color and texture.
  • Create a tassel garland for party decor or spruce up a bedroom or living room.
  • Use tassels as zipper pulls on jackets or bags for a unique touch.
  • Add tassels to the corners of a tablecloth or napkins for a bohemian-inspired look.
  • Make a tassel necklace or bracelet by attaching tassels to a chain or cord.

Remember that there are limitless possibilities when integrating tassels into your projects. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different colors, sizes, and shapes.

Now that you know how to make your tassels and have some ideas for using them, it’s time to start your next DIY project!


With these simple yarn tassel instructions, you can easily create custom tassels to add personality to your DIY projects. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or new to the game, making tassels with yarn is a fun and versatile craft that anyone can enjoy.


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