Make an Oversized Tassel Necklace

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Finished Oversized Thread Tassel Necklace DIY

Tassels have become a well-established element of DIY jewelry. These fun and flirty embellishments are easy to make and require only a few inexpensive materials. Keep reading to see how to make your own tassel and transform it into a handmade statement necklace.

Supplies for the Oversized Thread Tassel Necklace


– Scrap cardboard (2 x 3 inches)
– 8 to 10mm jump ring
– Large metal bead
– Adjustable ring blank with loop
– Head pin
– Embroidery thread (1 skein)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Scissors
– Chain (about 30 inches) + jump ring

Closeup of jewelry supplies

An adjustable ring blank with a loop is typically used for creating rings with charms. You can find these on Etsy or Ebay, and sometimes at your local craft store.

Creating a thread tassel from scratch

1. Hold the embroidery thread against the cardboard, placing the end at the bottom.

Creating a thread tassel from scratch

2. Begin tightly wrapping the thread around the cardboard.

Wrap thread around cardboard to create a tassel

3. Wrap it around the cardboard 30 to 45 times, according to how thick you want the tassel.

4. Gently open the ring blank.

Handmade tassel pendant

5. Slip the opened ring blank underneath the thread bunch. Make sure you do this on the side that does not include the end of the thread.

Handmade tassel pendant

6. Close the ring.

Handmade tassel pendant

7. Rotate it so the loop faces outwards.

Handmade tassel pendant

8. Carefully remove the entire bunch from the cardboard.

Handmade tassel technique

9. Place an 8-inch strand of thread underneath the tassel, right below the ring blank.

Handmade tassel technique

10. Tie a tight knot, wrap the ends around the tassel, and tie another knot. Repeat once more, then trim the excess thread.

Trimming bottom of thread to create a tassel

11. To complete the tassel, use the scissors to cut the bottom.

Head pin and metal bead combined to form a connector

12. Add the large metal bead to the head pin. Trim the head pin using the cutting portion of the pliers, leaving a little more than 1/4 of an inch.

Head pin and metal bead combined to form a connector

13. Use the round-nosed tips to create a loop.

Attaching metal connector to tassel pendant

14. Attach it to the ring blank/tassel pendant.

Jump ring attached to metal connector

15. Attach the 8 or 10mm jump ring to the top of the metal bead.

Use a jump ring to connect chain with a pendant

16. Add the pendant to the chain.

Connect the ends of chain with a small jump ring

17. If you haven’t already, connect the ends of the chain with a smaller jump ring.

Completed Oversized Thread Tassel Pendant  DIY

Now you’re ready to rock your brand new necklace.

Finished Oversized Thread Tassel Pendant

I love the way the fuchsia thread pops against an all-black ensemble. If you have a favorite color combination, feel free to use more than one color thread!

Finished Oversized Thread Tassel Necklace DIY

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)

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