DIY: DIY Hula Tassels

August 13, 2015

DIY Hula Tassels | damask love

I’m willing to bet all the loose change in my purse that 99% of you have extensive friendship bracelet experience. And just so you know, it’s fair to estimate that there is at least $14.22 of loose change in there and that’s enough money for like 2.2lbs of gummi bears from that overpriced candy shop in every mall on the planet.

Okay. Back to the friendship bracelet conversation. I’ve made about 17 grillion of them in my lifetime. I distinctly remember one summer where I was basically running my own one-woman sweatshop for friendship bracelet production. I would safety pin them to my shorts and walk around with embroidery floss dangling from me like a trail of TP on your shoe. Friendship bracelets were a big deal in the 80’s. They just were. Along with big bangs, scrunchies, layered socks and L.A. Gear sneakers. Today, I’ve outgrown friendship bracelets. And scrunchies. And layered socks. And big bangs. But if you give me some L.A. Gears, I will most definitely rock out like Zack Morris. And for those times when I’m jonesing for a friendship bracelet, I’ve got a project that jives with my current crafting sensibilities. It’s still colorful and it still uses those beloved skeins of embroidery floss.

SuppliesWhat you need:

  • Six skeins of assorted embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Strong crafting glue
  • 2 pairs of jewelry pliers
  • 1 medium sized jump ring (located in the jewelry findings section of the craft store)

StepOut1Okay – now before you start using a collection of four letter words, this project is easy. EASY. Don’t be fooled by the number of steps. I literally photographed every. single. thing for this tutorial to be sure you see exactly what’s going on. In actuality, this tassel will take about 15 minutes to assemble. Service announcement over. Let’s do this:

  1. Remove the sleeves from one of the skeins of floss
  2. From the remaining five skeins, cut even lengths of floss measuring approximately one yard
  3. Starting about one-third the way up the skein of floss tie one of the strands once around (no need to tie a knot)
  4. Once tied, begin looping the strand around and around the full skein
  5. Once you have looped the strand around a few times, tie it off as shown
  6. Now add the second strand color by tying it onto the skein just as you did the first color

StepOut2

  1. Continue looping the second strand around as shown
  2. Continue adding color strands and looping until you have looped around the middle one-third of the skein. Be sure to tie off each color strand before moving on to the next color.
  3. Use scissors to trim off the excess strands
  4. Bend the skein in half
  5. Tie on the last color strand as shown
  6. Loop the strand around as shown and tie off

StepOut3

  1. Add a dab of craft glue
  2. Use finger to smooth the loose end into the craft glue. This will ensure that everything stays together and doesn’t unravel.
  3. Trim off the bottom of the skein. HINT: Dip the bottom portion of the tassel into water before cutting. This makes it much easier to cut a clean even line.
  4. Use pliers to open jump ring
  5. Thread jump ring through the top of the tassel.
  6. Attach jump ring to zipper pull and close with pliers.

DIY Hula Tassels | damask love

I’m calling these “hula tassels” because they sort of look like little hula dancers, right?! I love ’em and by my math, you only need about $4 in embroidery floss to make them!

DIY Hula Tassels | damask love

DIY Hula Tassels | damask loveAnd now you must, must, must make a pit-stop at the Commonthread blog. Commonthread is the new home of DMC Thread – the makers of basically every yarn, embroidery and sewing fiber you’ve ever seen. You know that wall of rainbow embroidery floss at every craft store? Yeah – that’s DMC. I’m excited to be partnering with Commonthread to bring you a Damask Love take on their goodies. Be sure to visit their blog to see more deets on this post as well as an adorable pair ice cream sundae sneakers by my girl Kelly of Studio DIY.

Much love to Commonthread for partnering with Damask Love on this post. I received payment, product or both in exchange for this original content. All project ideas, photographs and wackadoo stories are all my very own.

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43 thoughts on “DIY Hula Tassels”

  1. THOSE are dang stinkin cute!! I can honestly say I’ve never made a friendship bracelet…..(the horror of it…I know!) I did do the big 80’s bangs, layered socks and those horrid scrunchies! Yikes!

  2. So cute!! I think they do look like little hula dancers! You chose great colors–love them! I never made a friendship bracelet, wore double socks or had “mall bangs”, but i did sport a couple of custom scrunchies and… *gasp*… bows! Let’s go to step class now…

  3. These are so fun!!! And yes, I mean 3 exclamations’ worth of fun 🙂

    In addition to now wanting to add one to every dang zippered thing I have, I also want to make one as a pendant for a necklace and little ones for earrings. Love the happy colors. I’m also very thankful to you for sharing something I can do with the gobs of DMC floss I HAD to buy in most every color years ago when I did cross stitching.

    Your blog is so fun—I really enjoy reading it and seeing the talent you share!

  4. These tassels are really nice Amber. I made some cosmetic bags and I will have to make some for them. Never did the friendship bracelet though. That was probably something my younger sister would know about, since she’s a 70’s baby. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old
    room mate! He always kept chatting about this.

    I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a
    good read. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This was the sauce with sprinkles! I made one double thick with 2 skeins of varigated, multi color floss. Turned out so RAD that I attached it to my jacket zipper pull, pulled the zip up to make a turtleneck with the tassel front and center. It made me happy all day! Thank you, now I can make more to match my friendship bracelets (I got over carrying a can of Aqua Net in my purse, but friendship bracelets…never!).

  7. Boy howdy, these are so cute!!!! Guess I can make it through husbands football watching and make these!!!
    Woot, woot!!!
    I make madras pouches out of scrap fabric. You should too!!! They’re easy and screaming out for these!

  8. I’m in love with these tassels! Now I’m thinking of ways I want to use them for and with other craft projects. I’ll be sending people back here for your excellent tutorial for sure.

  9. You left out permed hair (or, better yet, as if it wasn’t enough of an entity on its own, a “perm”). I’ll admit it, I permed the s*** out of my hair, right until it singed off all of my bangs and I walked around middle school like alfalfa (there’s another reference the young generation won’t understand) for 6mos. After that catastrophe, the perm and I went our separate ways. (ps did anyone else ever perm just their bangs? )

  10. I love this tutorial! I am so glad I found you! I too, made friendship bracelets like crazy as a kid. In fact, I found my treasure trove of embroidery floss in the basement and got started making tassels. It pays to hang onto some things for 25 years I guess. Thank you!

  11. I made friendship pins (safety pins with tiny beads) and friendship bracelets. Thanks for calling up that fun playground memory from the early 80s! Hey, if there are any Type A Newbie Crafters reading this tutorial, I just wanted to add that you don’t use the whole yard you cut! And there’s tons left over. Buy extra of your “base” tassel color and make more. Y’all probably knew this, but I panicked at first. Thanks for the clear step-by-step photos!

  12. These are great! I can’t wait to make these and put them on a few of my vintage clutches. They will great!

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