I didn’t originally plan for this post to fit in with the 4th of July holiday, but it ended suiting the day really well, so here you have it! Of course I hope you won’t feel limited to using this tutorial for just one occasion. These quick and easy DIY Tassel Napkin Ties and Gift Toppers can be color-customized to suit any decor or holiday…and they take only minutes to make! I hope you’ll enjoy creating them as much as I did!
DIY Tassel Napkin Ties
You will need:
- Embroidery Floss (1-3 colors per tassel) – I prefer the Size 5, Cotton Perle Embroidery Floss from DMC but feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand
Start by wrapping your first embroidery floss color around the four fingers on your non-dominant hand. Wrap the thread snuggly as you wind around your hand, but not so tight that it pulls your fingers on top of one another. For these tassels here I wrapped the floss around my hand 40 times. Snip the end and carefully remove the thread bundle from your hand. Repeat with your second color.
Carefully snip each thread bundle at the bottom and drape them over your thumb side by side. Gently straighten out any overlapping threads. It’s okay if the bottom ends are a tad uneven at this point.
Place your two thread bundles atop a long length of contrasting embroidery floss, leaving a long thread tail of 6-inches or more on one side. TIP: At this stage, I prefer to use the entire spool of contrasting floss instead of cutting it, so that I make sure to have enough for wrapping. Tie a very tight double-knot around the top 1/3 of your thread bundle. Do not cut your thread yet!
Begin to tightly wrap the long end of your contrasting thread around your thread bundles, starting where you tied your double-knot, and working your way upward. Make sure that the 6-inch thread tail remains uncovered. Wrap as far up the tassel as you’d like and then wrap back down until you reach your original starting place. Double-knot the loose end (the one you just used for wrapping) with the 6-inch tail you left in the previous steps. Cut the loose thread so that it is the same length as your thread tail (you should now have two long tails of contrasting thread). Trim off any uneven threads from the bottom of your tassel.
Woohoo! You just made your first tassel!!
Now if you want to jazz your tassels up with some glittered stars you will need:
- Heavy-weight paper / card stock
- Star template (optional) | you can also cut them freehand like I did here
- Elmer’s or craft glue
- Small paintbrush
- Fine glitter(s)
- Mini hole punch (optional) OR pushpin
Cut stars from heavy-weight paper (or download my printable star template). Work on top of a piece of scrap paper and use a paintbrush to coat one side of each star with craft glue. Generously sprinkle glued surface with glitter and let dry. Punch a hole in each star using a mini hole punch or poke a hole with a pushpin.
Thread stars onto your tassels, tie a knot to hold them in place, and you’re done! Tie finished tassels around rolled napkins for a festive table setting…
…Or use them to top gifts! Enjoy! xo Ez