Hi all! It’s Lori from Greco Design Company here today to share with you my DIY Tassel Keychains. These are fun, super trendy items that can be used for so many different purposes – and would make really sweet gifts for Mother’s Day or for that special teacher too!
I’ve seen these embellished tassels everywhere – on necklaces, attached to purse zippers, on sandals and as keychains. I love them! And you can really have fun making them and adding some beads or charms to make them more personal. Today, I’ll show you the step-by-step technique that I thought worked best. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, these would be such a thoughtful gift for the special mom, sister, daughter, grandmother or friend in your life.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
Embroidery thread in the color(s) you choose (I used 2 or 3 packs her tassel)
White hemp fine cord
Gold metallic stringing .003 (found at Michael’s but not online)
Large clasp or lobster clasp with split key ring (found at Michael’s but not online)
First, cut a piece of the hemp cord about 12″ long and loop it through the bottom ring of the clasp. Tuck the ends through the loop and pull until tight.
Thread your beads through the hemp cord as you’d like them.
Next, take your embroidery thread and slide the wrappers off. They’re already wrapped in a 6″ loop so just layer your colors on top of each other and tie the ends of the hemp cord tightly around the center of the threads. Trim the leftover hemp cord.
Then, fold the two ends of the embroidery thread down and tie another piece of hemp cord down around the folded thread – about 1/2″ down. Tie 2 knots and trim off any excess hemp cord. This gives a nice circle shape at the top of the thread and just under the beads.
Tie a piece of your metallic stringing around the white hemp cord and then continue to wrap it tightly around the hemp cord until you cover it completely. I tied the end of my metallic stringing to one of the strands from the first knot. Trim off any excess stringing.
Arrange the bottom of the tassel and cut the folded ends with sharp scissors.
Give the ends of your tassel a little trim so the ends are even.
I added a personalized charm to one of my tassels by attaching it right onto the key ring.
Now you have a fun beaded tassel keychain! Use different colored treads and beads to change up the look.
You can also use these tassels as an embellishment on your favorite purse. Or you can use a metal jewelry loop instead of a key ring and add it to a necklace chain. This is a great Mother’s Day gift or it makes a pretty graduation gift topper!
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Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!