If you haven’t yet jumped on the “tassel bandwagon”, maybe this tutorial will change your mind. I love a good tassel & I think everyone needs at least one! For the past few weeks, I’ve been searching and searching for something I could use for a topper for a Spring tassel. I’ve seen some cute ones here & there in blogland, but I just couldn’t find the right thing I could use to make one for my house. I also wanted to be able to use it for a while after Easter, so I didn’t want to go with a bunny. Then, finally, it hit me! And this little tassel came to be. This is a super-easy project, great for a first-time tassel-maker. (This is only the second tassel I’ve made myself, so trust me, you can do it.) Here’s what you need: a mini terra cotta pot, a few miniature flowers (mine came from Hobby Lobby, of course), several colors of ribbon, a few inches of pom pom trim, and an empty thread spool.
The little pot will be the topper, obviously, so start by threading a thin ribbon through the hole in the bottom of the pot. (If your pot doesn’t have a pre-drilled hole, you can drill one with a small drill bit.) Tie a knot in the ribbon on the bottom of the pot. This will be your tassel’s “hanger”. These little pots usually come in packs of 4, so you can make a few of these OR use them to make a bunny or bird topiary. (Click here & here to find out how.)
Next, use your hot glue gun to glue a few flowers into your pot. Be careful to keep your hanging ribbon out of the way & centered.
Next, glue the empty thread spool to the bottom of the pot. This will serve as a foundation for your ribbons & trims. Some people use the wooden spools found in the wooden craft aisle at your favorite craft stores for this part. I have also used a couple of mini empty ribbon spools glued together.
The only thing left to do is add your ribbons. Choose whatever ribbons or trims you like in varying widths & patterns. The only rule is that you make it look the way you want it. I like to start at the top & work my way down, layering & looping, making sure to get the spool covered so it doesn’t show. And really, the more ribbons & trims you use, the better.
The last step is to cover the raw ribbon edges at the top by gluing on some pom pom trim or another ribbon, or both.