Here lately I have been totally enamored with anything colorful and the more colors the better. Heck, rainbow is just about the best thing in the world, right now, if you’re asking me. And since bright colors make me happy, I’m totally going with it.
And so the other day I was at the craft store looking for pre-made tassels that were bright and colorful. You see I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to make my own but the moment I noticed the price I decided that it just wasn’t worth it. In fact, I decided that a lot of things weren’t worth it as I noticed the price of things has really skyrocketed lately. I think they’re depending on those 40% off coupons way too much I’m going to show my displeasure by buying as little as I can. Now I know that crafting is like, my main gig, and that I simply must buy craft supplies to get ‘er done but I’ll do the best I can!
At that moment, when I really started to look and noticed just how high prices had crept up on me, I went from being shocked to being ticked. Do you do that? Start off with a “how dare they!” to a “oh, heck, no they didn’t! I’m not going to stand for this BS!” I do that all of the time. Get myself all worked up in a tizzy as I’m walking and thinking until my face gets a little red and my heart is beating a little too fast over something as silly as, what I feel to be unreasonable ,price hikes in my fave craft store :)
As stood in the ridiculously long line (see, now I’m just irked and every little thing is suddenly a much bigger thing :) and I decided I was going to make my own friggin’ tassels and that I was going to look at the dollar store for supplies because, hey big craft store, NO.
And so it was at Dollar Tree I found 3 spools of colorful baker’s twine, at about 32 feet apiece) for $1. OMG. Now how is it one store can charge just over a $0.01 a foot for something and the other store charges almost $0.05 a foot? It doesn’t seem like that much when you’re looking at cents, but while the dollar store version is around $0.33 apiece, the craft store version is a sky-high $1.52. Now even if you used a 40% off coupon on THAT ONE THING you’re still paying $0.91 per 32 feet versus that thirty-three cents. Nuts, right?
And as it just so happens, 32 feet is the PERFECT amount for the most darling little baker’s twine tassels we’re about to make. Want to see how to make these beautiful little pops of color for about $1 for 3? Let’s get it!
For this project you will need:
- Baker’s Twine
- Embroidery floss (optional)
- Good, sharp scissors
- Large jump rings (optional)
So I literally made a whole mess of these things and I eventually found what I think is the best, quickest and easiest way to make a tassel. Nearer the beginning each one would take about 5 minutes, but I got to where I made a whopping 7 in only 15 minutes so, BA-BANG! And, yes, I’m totally the type of person that would sit there and time myself like I’m on some tassel making game show or something…
Before we start, I have 2 options for you to wrap and tie up these tassels to perfection (which we’ll actually do a few steps down in the tutorial, just want to make sure you reserve enough baker’s twine out of your bundle as necessary.
The first option your tassels is to leave an extra 1 – 1.5 feet of baker’s twine out of your bundle to use to wrap and secure the tassel. The other is to use embroidery floss in a matching color. After testing it out and making both kinds I decided that I distinctly prefer the contrasting solid color wrapped around the twine to finish mine, but do what you like best.
Okay, let’s get it for real… to start wind your baker’s twine around your hand leaving a tail of about 6-8 inches.
Trim that tail and use it to tie around one side of the bundle while still on your hand. This takes some time to get the hang of, but if you wrap on your “other” hand so that you can tie with your dominant hand it gets easier and easier.
Pull the bundle of of your hand and straight across from your tie holding the string together snip all of the twine in half. See how we’ve already got the basic tassel shape? We’re chugging right along!
Now the key to a clean looking tassel, and trust me I had forever to work this out, is to smooth down the tassel like a well coiffed Cousin Itt. You want that business super smooth with each piece of string dangling as straight down as possible. That’s to say not crossed over to the other side or something. You can use the string in the middle of the bundle to hold onto will brushing the strings straight down with your fingers, FYI.
Once smoothed out, using your bundling string, tie a knot right where you want to start the wrap.
Tightly bind the tassel together by wrapping the string around and around as neatly as possible. Finish it up near your knot or other tail of the floss.
If you bring your string to meet up with that first knot, you can knot the string twice to secure, and then nip the excess string and push that knot beneath the binding.
I did some tassels this way and some not because it was a part of the whole learning curve, but trust me, with this little step your tassels will look far more professionally made.
Boom! Look at t hat business. Isn’t it so cute? Grab your scissors (better scissors are going to make your life so much easier, go with good and sharp) and trim up the tassel to be nice straight across the bottom.
Because I am all about rainbows right now, I went ahead and made almost the whole rainbow spectrum for my new baker’s twine tassel stash!
If you’re going to be using these guys in jewelry projects, you can easily incorporate a large jump ring into the top of the tassel. Simply follow that center string, the one that is now acting as the cord to hang/dangle the tassel by, with an open jump ring.
Close it up and twist it so that the opening is hidden inside of the tassel’s top. You can always add some glue to ensure that the ring doesn’t twist around but I worried I’d mess up and get glue on the strings making weird, chunky clear mistakes on my tassels once dry.
And now these guys can be strung onto a chain or used in your jewelry projects. Cute, right?!? And ONLY about 33 cents apiece and about 5 minutes each, what a steal, right? Now, I say ONLY because I have no clue how much tax is in your area and so I don’t want to break hearts in the areas with crazy high sales tax :) but any way you slice it, at 3 for a buck plus tax, that’s one super cheap baker’s twine tassel!