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How To Make A Tassel Out Of Yarn in 3 Minutes 

Learn how to make a tassel out of yarn with this easy tutorial. This is a quick and affordable way to jazz up home decor or add a decorative flair to clothing. See the video tutorial below.

Never underestimate the power of a tassel! Whether you are adding an accent to clothing or home decor, this fast tutorial will help you bring it all together in no time at all.

You could even use these as tie-backs for curtains or as an addition to a wood-beaded garland.

different sizes of yarn tassels laying in a pile

The great thing about this craft is that it fits every decor. Traditionally, tassels are used in more formal settings. But the yarn gives it a cozy vibe, so it fits perfectly with our boho-farmhouse vibe. You can even add additional decorative details with funky hues or unexpected details.

Using yarn takes away the formal dining-room vibes and gives the room a cozy, hygge feel. I stuck with a neutral-colored yarn, but you can use any color you choose.

Plus, different sizes and textures of yarn will add even more interest. This project is super simple and easy to customize to your own unique style.

This is a great project for filling in those holes where you just need a little something to fill the space on a shelf or coffee table. Plus, you can follow along with this quick tutorial in about 3 minutes with supplies you probably already have around the house!

Yarn Tassel Video Tutorial

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Working with yarn is super easy and an inexpensive way to create plenty of DIY crafts, like this yarn wall art, mini gnomes, or these boho yarn Christmas trees.

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Supplies & tools needed for DIY yarn tassels: 

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Book or stiff piece of cardboard
supplies for diy yarn tassel including yarn, book and scissors

Make this craft your own

The great thing about these DIY tassels is that they can be customized to any size or color tassel you want!

I used a neutral-colored thick and chunky yarn to create a tassel about 2 inches in diameter and about 10 inches in length. But, you could make a larger or smaller tassel and customize it accordingly!

Want to make a smaller tassel or a mini tassel? Use thinner yarns or even embroidery floss or embroidery thread!

showing different sized yarn tassels
Using different size objects to wrap the yarn around will result in different size yarn tassels

Feel free to use multi-colored yarn, different colors, textures, etc. You could even use small adornments like beaded strands, pom poms, wooden beads, etcetera. There’s no wrong way to complete this craft.

There are so many different great ways to use this tassel around your home. Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Curtain tie-backs, like this
  • Hang on drawer pulls on a nightstand
  • Drape over a doorknob, as we have on the barn door of our master bathroom
  • Loop through a vintage key to display
  • Use as a fan pull
  • Attach to the corner of throw pillows
  • Make a yarn tassel wall hanging (keep scrolling for our version)
  • String together for a yarn tassel garland
  • Add them to your Christmas stockings, along with these DIY stocking tags
  • Use them as Christmas ornaments

You could even make several mini tassels as I did for this framed Christmas tassel tree project!

No matter how you choose to use this simple yarn tassel, this is the perfect way to add a little flair to your home decor. Let’s get started with this easy tassel-making technique!

How To Make A Tassel Our of Yarn: The Easy Way (Step-by-Step Instructions)

yarn wrapped around book to make a tassel

Step 1. Wrap the yarn.

To start, grab your book and wrap the yarn around long ways. You can use any size or thickness for the book.

The larger the book or object, the longer the tassel will be. That’s the easiest way to change the length of the tassel. A stiff piece of cardboard or even a piece of plywood will work in a pinch.

I even used a wire grate for the largest tassels I made. Just use what you have.

For the smaller tassels, I used a small book to wrap yarn tassel strands.

wire grate for large yarn tassel
I used a wire grate for the longer tassel that I made! This gave me extra long strands!

Wrap the yarn around the book several times the long way. The amount of yarn wrapped controls the thickness of your tassel. So the more wrapped yarn, the thicker the tassel will be. Keep wrapping if you want fluffier tassels.

Continue wrapping until you are satisfied with the thickness.

tying a knot in yarn at the top of the tassel to secure

The next step is to add another piece of yarn to the top to secure the yarn strands and tie a double knot. This should be in the center and will be used to bunch all of the yarn strands together. 

This works well when you’re using a hardback book because you have a little bit of wiggle room where the pages go in a bit to fit the piece of yarn in.

However, if you have trouble getting the other piece of yarn tied on while the yarn is wrapped around the book, no worries. You can always add this piece after you cut the yarn (which is explained in the next step).

This piece will be your tie for the tassel. You can use this to attach the yarn tassel to another decorative object or tuck it under.

cutting yarn at the bottom to make a tassel

Step 2. Cut the Yarn.

Holding the yarn in place on the book, use scissors to cut the yarn in half at the bottom of the book. The bottom of the tassel doesn’t have to be perfect. We will shape those up after we finish the tassel.

yarn gathered and trimmed

Depending on the thickness of the yarn, you might have to go back over the yarn pieces to cut all the way through. If you are using a super thick, rough yarn, kitchen shears or some type of sharp scissors might be a better solution.

Step 3. Finish the Tassel.

Next, cut another strand of yarn. Tie this piece about an inch down from the fold of the tassel. Make sure to add a secure tight knot here.

This creates a decorative knot for the head of the tassel and gives your DIY yarn tassel a traditional look. Wrap the excess around the knotted area for a more distinct look.

adding a decorative knot to the top of the tassel

You can also attach a wood bead or other decorative accessories to the top of the tassel to add even more flair. This is definitely a part of the tassel that you can totally make your own!

adding finishing touches to yarn tassel

Finish the tassel by trimming the ends of the yarn for an even and finished look. You can also keep the loose ends long so they hang down with the rest of the yarn tassel strands.

It helps to hold the tassel up vertically and then hold the ends of the tassel together with your index finger and middle finger while cutting to get a nice straight line.

trimming strands of yarn for tassel

Now, your yarn tassel is ready to display!

finished yarn tassel

How To Make A Yarn Tassel Wall Hanging

Now you can choose to use your tassels any way you want, but we created a yarn tassel wall hanging by grabbing a large stick from the backyard (about 3-4 feet in length). We hung that on the wall in our living room by tying some yarn to it and then adding a Command hook to the wall).

stick hanging on the wall with a command hook and string

Next, I tied on all of the various-sized yarn tassels that I made. I love the different sizes, shapes, and textures. But if you wanted a more cohesive look to your yarn tassel wall hanging, you could use the same type of yarn and make them all the same length.

finished diy yarn tassels hanging form stick on the wall
yarn wall hanging with stick and different size tassels made with yarn
I love these yarn tassels look hanging on the wall from this stick

To use the yarn tassel wall hanging creatively during the Christmas season as an advent calendar countdown until Christmas.

I purchased this gorgeous set of advent cards from Etsy and then used wooden clothespins to clip them into place on the strands at the top of the yarn tassels. More details on this boho advent calendar coming soon!

Yarn tassels hanging from stick with advent calendar cards clipped to the strands to countdown to christmas

Once spotted in the most formal of dining rooms, this is now a trendy staple that will fit any home decor. It is a great way to add a little something extra to your next project.

Where will you display your yarn tassel?

How To Make A Tassel Out Of Yarn

How To Make A Tassel Out Of Yarn

Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn how to make a tassel out of yarn in just three minutes with this easy step-by-step tutorial.

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Book or stiff piece of cardboard

Instructions

  1. Wrap the yarn around a book or stiff pieces of cardboard. The larger the book or object, the longer the tassel will be. That’s the easiest way to change the length of the tassel. Continue wrapping until you are satisfied with the thickness.
  2. The next step is to add another piece of yarn to the top to secure the yarn strands and tie a double knot. This should be in the center and will be used to bunch all of the yarn strands together.
  3. Cut the yarn on the bottom of the book.
  4. Cut another strand of yarn. Tie this piece about an inch down from the fold of the tassel. Make sure to add a secure tight knot here.
  5. Lastly, trim the ends of the yarn for an even and finished look. It helps to hold the tassel up vertically and then hold the ends of the tassel together with your index finger and middle finger while cutting to get a nice straight line.

Notes

Now you can choose to use your tassels any way you want, but we created a yarn tassel wall hanging by grabbing a large stick from the backyard (about 3-4 feet in length). We hung that on the wall in our living room by tying some yarn to it and then adding a Command hook to the wall).

Next, I tied on all of the various-sized yarn tassels that I made. I love the different sizes, shapes, and textures. But if you wanted a more cohesive look to your yarn tassel wall hanging, you could use the same type of yarn and make them all the same length.

I purchased this gorgeous set of advent cards from Etsy and then used wooden clothespins to clip them into place on the strands at the top of the yarn tassels. More details on this boho advent calendar in this post!

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