When I was a kid we always decorated the tree with Christmas tree icicles, so I threw some in the cart this year. Then I wondered if I could use them to make cheapie tassels instead.
After some clumsy attempts using twine and ribbon to fashion the tassels, I pulled out some craft wire and voila! They’re super quick, about $1 each, and you can even leave them up for New Year’s. You’ll need:
• Tinsel, one 1,000 strand package per tassle
• About 10 inches of Fine-gauge craft wire per tassel
First you’ll make the wire loop that lets you hang the tassel. Loosely fold the wire in half.
Form a loop by giving the tail wires a couple twists.
Poke one end of the wire beneath all the strands of tinsel.
Pull the wires downward and gather the tinsel into a tighter bunch.
Twist the tail wires together to enclose your bunch of tinsel.
Carefully pull your tinsel out of the package.
You should have something that looks like this now.
Fold your tinsel down with a wire protruding from each side of the bunch. If you give the bunch a little twist, it will make a more attractive tassel head.
Now it’s time to secure the tassel head by wrapping the tail ends of the wire around the top of your bunch. Start with wrapping one wire tail in the direction of your twist until it’s wrapped all the way around.
Now for the second wire. You shouldn’t have to do anything special to finish the wires off, they should just lay flat with a pinch.
Now you have a tassel! Boom. Straighten out any tangeled strands by combing fingers through, or if you’re a perfectionist, you can use a wide-toothed comb. Gentle, my friend.
Clip away any uneven ends or unruly strands.
Yay! Now you can make one thousand more. And then heck, make yourself some pants. Let’s go dancing.