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making a paper tassel

November 11, 2011

Chances are if you look inside your mailbox, you’ll find an assortment of junkmail paper.  And this time of year,  that paper assortment is close to perfect.  Considering it’s junk mail.

Perfect for making all sorts of goodies.  One of my favorites is a paper tassel.  I started making them recently and have been experimenting with papers, in search of the best mixture for a tassel.

Start with 3 sheets of paper – the thinnest pages from a catalog or magazine make the fluffiest tassel.  Counter-intuitive, I know.  But it’s true!  Select paper colors and designs that work well together.

Trim your page to a height of 4 to 5 inches and cut the other two pages to the same dimension.  Then slice each one across into a fringe, leaving about an inch at the top.  Layer the three sheets together and roll up jellyroll style.  This very thin paper is fragile, so roll carefully.

Take a sturdy straight pin or needle and pierce through the bundle about a half inch from the top.  Wiggle it around to try to enlarge the pin hole. Remove the pin, holding the tassel securely and thread a short piece of narrow wire through that pin hole.  Wrap the wire around the bundle, twist it and snip the ends.

Create a hanging loop by tying a hitch knot on the wire in the middle of the bundle.  Crochet thread works well.

For the finishing touch, wrap a long strand of crochet thread around the top and tie on a vintage button.


They’re a wonderful home sweet homemade substitute for a gift bow and they make the prettiest additions to the Christmas tree too.

Thank you so much for dropping by!




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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2011 2:17 am

    ADORE these tassels, Diane!

    And I TOTALLY love how you cleverly displayed them on boots. How cool is that?

    GREAT photos! What an awesome selection of boots you have! Love that first pair!

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful day!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. November 11, 2011 11:39 am

    Oh wow right up my alley for my blog name! So easy as well! thank you

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  3. November 11, 2011 12:33 pm

    Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. November 11, 2011 6:49 pm

    Those are so cute! I like the buttons on the top.
    You do have quite the collection of boots!

  5. November 14, 2011 5:24 am

    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. November 23, 2011 1:44 am

    Before the tassels, I love that first pair of boots. Now the tassels, how cute is that. I’m going to try making some. They look great on the boots. Great sense of display. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, and thanks so much for sharing at Sunday’s Best!

  7. November 24, 2011 5:06 am

    Great idea for all that junk mail! You have just relieved me of the dread I feel everytime I make another pointless walk to the mailbox. 🙂

  8. November 26, 2011 2:41 am

    It’s so hard to believe they are made from paper. What a great boot collection too! Thanks for sharing at Sunday’s Best =)

  9. December 17, 2011 1:23 pm

    You did it AGAIN! I do love your paper crafts! As you say, these would be beautiful gift package embellishments. I love how you chose to display them for the photos. Bravo! Pinning!!


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