Dress up your home with these gorgeous and easy to make DIY Suede Tassels!
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Are you a craft supply hoarder? I am, for sure. I’ve been holding onto a piece of blue suede for years, waiting for just the right project.
Well, I found it! I decided to create some DIY Suede Tassels to dress up my living room lamps, and that pieces of blue suede I was hoarding was the perfect material.
- 5/8-inch wood beads
- gold craft paint
- small paint brush
- small piece of suede or other heavy material
- fine gold chain
- small jump ring
- round and/or needle nose pliers (you’ll need two)
- circle part of a toggle clasp
- 3/8-inch wide ribbon
- hot glue gun
Start by painting the bead, using the gold paint and brush. When you are finished, set the bead aside to dry.
Tip: Push the bead onto the end of a pen, so you can paint around it easily.
On the back side of the suede, draw a line 1/2-inch from the edge of the long side. Then, measure and draw lines 1/4-inch wide, starting at the bottom of the piece and ending at the 1/2-inch line. This will be your fringe.
Using your scissors, cut along the fringe lines, stopping at the 1/2-inch mark. Make your cuts as straight as possible. Set the suede aside while you work on the chain.
Separate a 13-inch piece of chain. Slide both ends of the chain onto a small jump ring or an open link from the chain, like below (I used a large jump ring so it would be easier to see), holding each side of the split ring with a pliers. Gently twist the ends of the jump ring shut so the chain is connected in a loop.
Check out these detailed instructions on how to open and close a jump ring, if you need more help.
After you’ve created the chain, grab the toggle clasp. You are going to attach the chain to the clasp with a lark’s head knot.
Begin by pulling the chain halfway through the big loop in the clasp, as in the first picture below.
Then, pull the chain you just pulled through the clasp back through the center of the chain (center picture).
Continue pulling the chain until the knot is tight, as in the third photo below.
Run the chain through the small hole on the toggle clasp and then through the large bead. Make sure the ends of the chain are even, as shown below.
Using the glue gun, place a spot of glue above the second fringe (stay in the 1/2-inch uncut section). Press the chain into the glue, keeping the bead as close to the edge of the suede as possible.
Add a little glue to the end of the tassel to hold it together, as shown below.
Press the ribbon into the glue and then wrap it around the tassel, sealing with more glue, if necessary.
Have you done any home improvement or DIY projects lately?