How to Make Tassel Cords

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How to Make Tassel Cords
Learn how to make homemade tassel cords. (tassels image by Gina Smith from

Tassel cords can have many functions in a home. They can be used as pulls on lamps and curtains or as decorations for furniture and clothing. You can buy these elegant finishing touches in a speciality store, but they will be costly and may not look exactly as you'd like. This is a simple, inexpensive project that doesn't require time. You'll get the look you want for your tassel cords and save a lot of money.

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Things you need

  • Yarn or tassel rope
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard

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  1. 1

    Determine the length, thickness and number of strands you want for your cord. If this is your first project, start with a four-strand tassel made of a light to medium weight yarn or rope. Measure and cut the yarn three times longer than your cord. For example, if your cord will be six inches, cut 18 inches.

  2. 2

    Lay the strands of yarn on a flat surface. Knot one end of the strands together, keeping them even while you tie the knot. If a helper is available, ask her to hold one end of the yarn. If no one is available, tie the knotted end to a cabinet or door handle. Hold the pieces of yarn together and begin twisting to the right, keeping the yarn taut as you twist. Twist until there is just enough left to tie a knot at the other end. Tie the knot.

  3. 3

    Place the cord to one side and begin the tassel. Measure a piece of cardboard the width and length of your tassel. Start winding the yarn around the cardboard working the direction of the length. Carefully loop one piece at a time around the cardboard. Stop when the cardboard is full.

  4. 4

    Thread a piece of yarn through the top yarn at the top of the card. Make a loop with this piece by tying it in a loose knot. Smooth out the yarn around the cardboard and cut through the bottom layer of yarn. Now tighten the loop you made on top and carefully remove the tassel from the board. Slip the end of the cord through the loop you made on the top of the tassel.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to make the joining of the tassel and cord stronger, stitch the cord onto the tassel using a needle and thread that closely resembles the colour of the cord.
  • Never hang a cord or have tassels dangling above a baby’s crib.

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