How to Make Decorative Graduation Tassels

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Graduations are full of tradition, whether it is a high school celebration or a higher degree party. One of the most symbolic objects of a graduation is the tassel. Ever since the tassel has been hung over a rear-view mirror of a car, the graduation tassel has been a popular symbol of this momentous occasion. Luckily, this iconic object is simply to make, so anyone can use it to decorate a party!

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn, string, or embroidery floss in color to match the décor
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Craft needle
  • Embellishment charms (such as a year charm)
  • Book or cardboard
  • Decide on the length of the fringe of the tassel.

  • Find a book the length you decided on or cut the cardboard to the desired length.

  • Loop the string you are using around the book or cardboard at least six times

  • Cut the end of the string.

  • Carefully remove the loops from the book or cardboard and tape the loops to a work surface so they do not unwind.

  • Cut a piece of string the length you need for the top of the tassel. Make sure to double the length you want before you cut the piece.

  • Thread the craft needle with your top piece and loop the string through one end of the taped tassel loops and tie to secure.

  • Take another piece of string and wind it around the loops about a quarter of an inch from the top to make the top bundle of the tassels.

  • Cut the loops on the opposite end to create the fringe, and your tassel is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the length of the loops smaller for shorter tassels to be used on cards and decorations.
  • This same method works to make tassels for bookmarks, jewelry or scarves.

References

  • Photo Credit Paul Lowry:Flickr.com, Marni:Flickr.com
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