How To Make Ribbon Tassels


7-19-14n 168 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.comI may have mentioned once or twice how my decorating process usually works.

Some ideas have been swimming around in my head forever, just patiently waiting for their moment to shine.

And then there are those other ideas (a bit bold and pushy) that will just pop into my thoughts out of nowhere and demand to immediately be brought to life.

Thus, the Ribbon Tassel was created.

Now, tassels are nothing new, by any means.  They are typically a more traditional or formal decorating choice.  But for some inexplicable reason, (as I was hard at work on another project), I happened to glance over at my glittered smile pillow and immediately had the idea of adding tassels to the corners.  Normal, right?

7-18-14n 059 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.comSo, I immediately headed down to the craft store.  But instead of colored thread, I decided to try satin ribbon cording.

For no particular reason, other than because I liked the color and it was on sale.

Ribbon Tassel Collage numbered1) I started off cutting a piece of cardboard from a cracker box.  I then cut two pieces of ribbon and put one on each side of the cardboard, but soon realized that I only needed the top piece.

2) Starting in the back, I began wrapping the ribbon around the cardboard, perpendicular to the ribbon pieces.

3) When I thought it was thick enough, I tied the top ribbon securely.

4) I flipped the cardboard over to the back and cut it across the center.

5) Then, I folded the ends of the ribbon over and tied the top with another ribbon piece.

6) Behold, a tassel!

7-18-14n 006 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.comHere is my glittery smile pillow before.  A little plain around the edges.

7-19-14n 164 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.comAnd here is the pillow sporting its fancy new tassels.  I’m definitely a friend of the fringe.

I like how everything turned out, but the cording was a tad slippery to work with.  I would like to try making some tassels with flat satin ribbon or colored embroidery thread next time.  It would be a fab topper for a gift, too. 

So, what about you?  Are your ideas usually well-behaved and orderly?  Or do you tend to battle ideas that are somewhat wild and quite demanding?  And how do you really feel about ribbon tassels on glitter pillows?

~Gina (aka Miss Charming)

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  1. these are awesome! love how shiny and pretty they are!

  2. what a cute update!
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  3. Miss Charming says:

    Thank you, Stephanie! I’m now looking around to see what else I can throw a tassel on.