Friday, February 10, 2023

For the Love of Beads!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
but they're now packed away and my mantel was bare...

       By the 12th day of Christmas, all decorations were boxed up and stored away leaving the house looking pretty bleak. Definitely needed to jazz it up a bit......  I love bead garlands and Valentine's Day is coming up so adding some simple "no hassle" tassels to a plain, red string of beads seemed like a good place to start... and this was quick'n EZ to do.

To make the ribbon tassels you'll need:

  • Assortment of 1/4" ribbons (about 10" long)
  • Red foam heart
  • 2 White 3/8" beads for each tassel
  • Red chenille stems
  • Thin string
  • Scissors
  • Stylus, small knitting needle, or toothpick 
        I used about 10" of 5 different ribbons for each tassel. Gather the ribbon lengths together then fold in half. Use thin string to tie them together at the fold. Pull together as tightly as possible then knot to secure.  Push about 1/2" of one end of 1 1/2" of chenille stem under the knotted string at the top of the fold.

        Use the stylus, to poke a small in the bottom point of the heart. Thread one bead onto the chenille stem then push the stem into the bottom of the heart until the bead is firmly against it.  Make a hole in the top of the heart then insert the end of another piece of chenille stem. Thread the second bead onto the stem the bend the top of the stem into a 'U' shape. This will be the hook to hang the tassel onto the string of beads. That's it! 

        I already had some red yarn tassels, so using pieces of chenille, I added a white bead at the top of each one  to hook them onto the garland. 

        This "no hassle tassel" is really easy to make and with so many ribbons to choose from, it's the perfect decorative accent for all kinds of celebrations! Hope you enjoy them too.

Yours truly,

Julie 💝


Ribbons used to make the tassels were provided by Gwen Studios and are available online at Michaels, JoAnn's and Walmart.

Look for more ribbon project inspiration on the DCC blog!