I’ve been loving using my new Lilly Pulitzer agenda this week, but I need something to mark what page I’m on. Now I could use a basic paper clip, but that would be boringgggg! Today I’ll be teaching you how to make a jumbo tassel paper clip, and if you want to learn how to make one, then click the link below!
– Multiple skeins of embroidery floss (the more thread you use, the thicker your tassel will be!)
– Good scissors (aka not your kitchen scissors)
– Jumbo gold paper clip (make sure your paper clip is coated to prevent tarnishing!)
– Charms or embellishments
Cut though one end of your skein, and unfold it from the paper labels
You should be left with a big pile of thread. If you’re using multiple colors like me, then keep reading. If you’re only using one color, then skip to step three! I took a small section of each color, and arranged them in a new pile.
Gather your pile of thread, and pull it through your paper clip half way
Wrap the “neck” of your tassel with an extra piece of thread. Simply wrap until it feels secure, and tie a knot.
At this point your tassel should look like this:
This really isn’t the look we’re going for, so we’re going to need to give our tassel a haircut. I recommend dipping your tassel in a cup or sink full of water. Not only will you be able to cleanly cut your tassel, but the pieces of thread will no longer be wavy.
After I trimmed my tassel’s “dead ends”, I gently combed the thread with a wide tooth comb. I left my tassel on my bathroom counter to air dry, but if you were on a time crunch (or if you’re just really impatient), you could use a hair dryer.
Later that day, my tassel was dry enough to add embellishments! I chose to add a fun charm from an old ban.do phone case. I simply slid the charm on to the paper clip, and voila!
I love how it turned out, and I think it matches my agenda perfectly!
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial!
See you next time!