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Yarn tassels are super easy and quick to make! With just some yarn and a piece of cardboard, you can make a yarn tassel in five minutes!
You can make your tassels with knitting yarn, crochet thread, or embroidery floss. Start with a basic tassel and move on to some of the fun and simple decorative tassel variations shown below.
I have made many tassels throughout the years and I’ll share all my tassel tips and tricks to get you started.
Love Tassels? How about making some fluffy DIY pom poms to go with your tassels? A classic combination!
How to make a basic yarn tassel
You can use a special tassel maker, but you don’t need to. If you have a piece of cardboard, you can easily make your own tassel template!
Enjoy this DIY tassel step-by-step tutorial. Leave a comment down below if you have any questions or to tell me about the tassels you made!
Scroll down for extra tips and tassel variations!
- small piece of cardboard
- sharp scissors
- yarn needle or crochet hook
- Cut a piece of cardboard about 3.5″ x 4.5″. See the tips section below on how to size your cardboard.
- Wind your yarn around the 3.5″ length. The exact amount of yarn you need will depend on the size and thickness that you want to end up with. (I wrapped around 15 times for this tassel.)
- After your last wrap, cut off your yarn at the bottom of the cardboard,
- Place a 10" piece of yarn under the top edge of the wrapped yarn and tie a knot.
- Carefully cut the loops at the bottom and remove the cardboard. Tighten your knot.
- Wind another strand of yarn tightly around the tassel, about 3/4 inch below the top. Wrap the yarn around about 4-6 times and tie a knot.
- Pull the ends of the wrap-around yarn into the tassel with a crochet hook or needle so that the ends become part of the tassel.
- Trim the ends.
- Using the string at the top of the tassel, attach it to whatever you have created it for!
Tassel making Tips
- The amount of yarn needed to make a tassel depends on how long and thick you want your tassel to be.
- You can adjust the length and thickness of your tassel by changing the size of the cardboard template and how many times you wind your yarn around.
- Cut a piece of cardboard about an inch taller than the height that you would like your finished tassel to be.
- If you want to make a small tassel, use a smaller template and wrap your yarn around fewer times. Thinner yarn like crochet or embroidery thread works well for small tassels.
- Use sharp scissors. Trust me, it makes a world of difference and will speed things up quite a bit.
Handmade tassels are great to add that finishing touch to your knitting, macrame, or crochet projects.
You can incorporate tassels in so many crafts. Use them to embellish hats, purses, and blankets. They are also fun to add to bookmarks or decorate your scarf with a tassel or two.
DIY Yarn Tassel Variations
Want to fancy it up a little? Try one of these other easy types of yarn tassels.
Split Double Tassel
This is a super easy tassel variation. Start by making a regular tassel.
Separate the tassel fringe in half. Wind and tie yarn near the bottom around the two separate halves. Trim each end.
Adding beads in the head of your tassel gives it a perfectly full and round top.
Make these with one or multiple beads along the tassel fringe.
When following the basic tassel steps, insert a wood bead under the tied portion at the top. Bring the yarn around the bead to cover it. Wind and tightly tie a piece of yarn below the bead to hold it in place.
Another fun variation is this braided yarn tassel. Again, start with making a regular tassel. Make the fringe a bit longer. Separate the fringe in three equal parts and braid it. Wind a piece of yarn around the tassel on the bottom and tie a knot.
If you enjoyed this project, you might also like my other yarn crafts. Fun and easy tutorials on how to make braided yarn dolls, pom poms, yarn wrapped wreaths, or learn how to make a woven yarn wall hanging from start to finish!