Monday, February 1, 2010

Thrifty tassel

Today's post is going to be a quick one - I just want to show off the tassel I made. I initially made this to hide some ugly (an exposed screw after I hung a chalkboard), but it didn't work for that so it's just hanging around being cute.

I started with half of a wooden thread spool that I found. After painting it black and threading some twine through it for a hanger, I just started layering on whatever I could find. I wrapped it with burlap first, then cut that into strips and pulled out the bottom strings to make it fringe-y. Then I added some fabric from an old curtain and ribbon left over from making hair-bows. I didn't have a clue how to finish it off, so I just coiled twine around the top, hot-gluing as I went.

I've been admiring cute tassels in blogland for a while now, but I never really thought I could do it. I didn't follow all the rules on this, but it was an easy one to get started on. I think I'll be trying another one soon - it was fun!




  1. Cute tassel. I have been tinkering with the idea of making some myself. Thanks for visiting my blog. I started laughing at your post just befor this entry...The BBQ (that is so my husband) and pickle/cream cheese/ham...I though no one else in the world did them except my husbands family. LOL Have a great week. :o) Stop by anytime.

  2. Love the tassel. I have a bunch of wooden spools around here. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. Thsi is lovely! and I can't wait to see what other tassels you come up with :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  4. Hello Amanda,
    Your tassel looks outstanding...I so need to make one! Hope you have a FUN day!


  5. Cute tassel. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  6. Amanda, This is my first visit and I just wanted to drop in and say hello and tell you that I love the tassel. I am adding you to my list of bloggers and hope you will come and see me.


  7. Isn't it nice to make something that can go anywhere? : ) Great job! I'm an AL girl, too! Lived in North AL until college! Have a great day!

  8. You are so crafty and don't even know it :) I remember in high school we would always do the projects at your house :) Love the tassel!

  9. Wonderful idea of how to beautifully put to decorative use an old wooden spool!..,Love that tassel!..,

    I want to warmly invite you with the 'click of your mouse' for afternoon tea, for Wednesday Tea!.., (Yesterday my blog experienced technical difficulties and thanks to Cheri's helpful info @ happy To Design, I was able to remove a widget and voila it's fixed)!..,

    I'm so tickled to actually be able to send and recieve snow and to be able toinvite you to visit my little corner of the blogging world for tea!!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen