DIY Leather Tassel

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Are you guys in love with tassels as much as I am?? Well, if you are looking to spruce up your purse or your keys, you’re in LUCK! You can make your own Leather Tassel with little effort and they look better than the ones you can buy at the store (in my opinion).

You can get two tassels with the size Leather I used for this tutorial. And if you make shorter tassels you can definitely get more out of it.
Here’s what you need:

  • Sharp scissors (I had to buy heavier duty scissors than my dollar store ones!)
  • 8.5″X11″ piece of Leather (I found mine precut that size at Michael’s)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Keychain ring
  • Oversized lobster clasp

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Directions:

1. Cut about an inch off of the top length of Leather (the 11″ side)img_7695

2. Cut the fringe, spacing each cut about 1/4″ apart. You can eyeball it pretty easily. (I found it easiest to keep the cuts steady by keeping the bottom blade of the scissors consistently touching the tabletop I was working on)img_7682

3. Take the strip you cut off the top in step 1 and cut it in half lengthwise againimg_7685

4. Cut two 3″ strips of Leather from either of those lengths of Leather.

5. Find the cut amongst the fringe that is closest to the center and continue the cut all the way up to the top. You are creating two separate fringed pieces here (so you can have two complete tassels in the end). img_7683

6. Take your glue gun and start gluing and rolling your Tassel. Take your time so you don’t burn yourself. And don’t put too much glue down so it doesn’t ooze out the sides. img_7696

7. Half way through rolling your Tassel, take the 3″ strip of Leather and add the keychain ring to it and glue the ends together. Lay this piece down and glue it so you will continue to roll it into your Tassel base. img_7687

8. Complete gluing and rolling your Tassel. Add the lobster clasp to the keychain ring.

9. Clean up any stringy strands of hot glue left over and admire your handiwork!

I made this turquoise Tassel a long time ago (probably 6 months ago now) and it has held up perfectly! That was something I was worried about when making these-that they would unravel or not last with everyday use. img_7745

I added it to my purses for a punch of color and I made this brown one for my fall/winter bags. It even looks cute on my wristlet! img_7749

I’m telling you, these are so simple to make and they look SO fashionable. No one will ever guess you made this yourself. And since it’s real Leather it has such nice movement to it. img_7754

What do you think? Would you try making these? Make one and gift one! (It’s what I did!)

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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