How to Make DIY Yarn Tassels

Tassels can transform so many items in your home: baskets, pillows, throws. Make your own DIY tassels with these easy instructions and start embellishing your decor.

DIY Yarn Tassels

DIY Yarn Tassels

Tassels can transform so many things in your home: baskets, pillows, throws. Make your own using yarn and start embellishing your decor.

Photo by: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

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Materials Needed:

  • yarn
  • scissors
  • stiff piece of cardboard
DIY Yarn Tassels: Materials

DIY Yarn Tassels: Materials

For this project, you'll need yarn, scissors, a stiff piece of cardboard and tacky craft glue.

Photo by: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Choose the Right Yarn

When choosing your yarn, think about the type of tassels you would like. Thicker yarn will produce fluffier tassels, while thinner yarns will produce smaller, sleeker tassels. Don’t be afraid to mix yarns, if you would like to make a tassel with a bit more texture.

Wrap Yarn Around Cardboard

Use a piece of cardboard that’s the size of the tassel you’d like to make. Leave a tail of yarn on top, and begin wrapping the yarn around your cardboard.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Wrap Yarn Around Cardboard

DIY Yarn Tassels: Wrap Yarn Around Cardboard

Use a piece of cardboard that’s the size of the tassel you’d like to make. Leave a tail of yarn on top, and begin wrapping the yarn around your cardboard.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Continue Wrapping

Wrap yarn until you have created the level of thickness you would like to achieve with your tassel. This will vary depending on the type of yarn you are using.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Wrap Yarn Around Cardboard

DIY Yarn Tassels: Wrap Yarn Around Cardboard

Use a piece of cardboard that’s the size of the tassel you’d like to make. Leave a tail of yarn on top, and begin wrapping the yarn around your cardboard.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

When you’ve finished wrapping, cut the yarn evenly with the bottom of your cardboard.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Finish Wrapping Yarn

DIY Yarn Tassels: Finish Wrapping Yarn

Wrap yarn until you have created the level of thickness you would like to achieve with your tassel. This will vary depending on the type of yarn you are using. When you’ve finished wrapping, cut the yarn evenly with the bottom of your cardboard.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Finish Tassel

Cut an additional piece of yarn that is approximately 12” to 18” long. Slip this piece of between the wrapped yarn and the cardboard and tie a tight knot.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Tie Additional Piece of Yarn

DIY Yarn Tassels: Tie Additional Piece of Yarn

Cut an additional piece of yarn that is approximately 12” to 18” long. Slip this piece of between the wrapped yarn and the cardboard and tie a tight knot.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Then slip the yarn off the cardboard, and cut through the bottom loop to create the tassel.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Remove Tassel From Cardboard

DIY Yarn Tassels: Remove Tassel From Cardboard

Slip the yarn off the cardboard, and cut through the bottom loop to create the tassel.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

DIY Yarn Tassels: Cut Through Bottom Loop

DIY Yarn Tassels: Cut Through Bottom Loop

Slip the yarn off the cardboard, and cut through the bottom loop to create the tassel.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Add Finishing Touches

Cut an additional piece of yarn 6” to 8” long and tie it around the top of the tassel.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Add Finishing Touches

DIY Yarn Tassels: Add Finishing Touches

Cut an additional piece of yarn 6” to 8” long and tie it around the top of the tassel.

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Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Trim the tassel to make sure all the ends on the bottom are even.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Trim Bottom of Tassel

DIY Yarn Tassels: Trim Bottom of Tassel

Trim the tassel to make sure all the ends on the bottom are even.

Photo by: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Dress Up Your Decor

Using the longer tail pieces on top, we tied our tassel onto a basket for a simple, stylish update. You can also sew them onto a pillow or blanket.

DIY Yarn Tassels: Dress Up Your Decor

DIY Yarn Tassels: Dress Up Your Decor

Using the longer tail pieces on top, we tied our tassel onto a basket for a simple, stylish update. You can also sew them onto a pillow or blanket.

Photo by: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

1 Deck, 3 Global-Inspired Looks

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3 Budget-Friendly Facelifts

If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor space but don’t want to spend a lot of cash, we have three makeovers inspired by three different countries — Mexico, France and Morocco — to help get some ideas flowing. We used existing furniture and simply added accessories, plants and curated decor to completely transform the look of this patio.

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Before: Versatile Basics

Start off with a few key pieces, and don’t be afraid to use the furniture you already have. Double-duty pieces are always a great idea too, such as these two wicker stools that can also be used as side tables or put together as one coffee table.

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Look #1: Mexico

Bright colors, patterns and cacti all work together to create a patio inspired by the vibrant spirit of Mexico. Layered rag rugs and a traditional chiminea also help to set the scene. 

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Lively Accents

Fun details bring some personality and vibrancy to the outdoor space. A colorful pom pom garland is simply strung across a vintage easel and paired with a large succulent plant. On chilly nights you can hang cozy blankets on the rungs of the easel to switch up the look even more.

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Multifunctional Furniture

Small wicker stools also work as side tables for serving drinks and snacks. Don’t be afraid to bring some of your indoor decor outside (if weather permits), like this fab small faux fur pillow or this indigenous concrete statue.

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Statement Pieces

Include a few standout pieces in your outdoor decor. This faux cattle head acts as a piece of outdoor art when simply leaned against the wall next to some colorful pillows and succulents. A large vintage wooden bowl serves as a faux planter for a cactus.

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Authentic Details

Reinforce the design and style of your patio with carefully curated details like these trays, which feature unique Mexican tiles and pair perfectly with our DIY tile coasters. Learn how to make these easy coasters >>

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Hardy Plants

Use plants of all sizes as decor. Pick up inexpensive baskets at the thrift store and simply drop some small plants and cacti in the baskets. You can then put the baskets all around your space to bring some lushness and life to your patio.

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Look #2: South of France

Soft creams and yellows, baskets overflowing with flowering plants and beautiful floral patterns call to mind the relaxed, yet chic style in the South of France. Use a natural sisal or jute rug to let the colors and patterns of your decor pop.

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Inviting Textures

Easily create a French-inspired vibe with textiles, pillows and wicker decor. Use a tablecloth on your existing side table. Large Euro shams are perfect to use on Euro pillows, and can easily be switched out and washed.

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Vintage Baskets

Vintage picnic baskets stacked around your space will create a unique and collected feel. Lavender plants smell delicious and will bring a lovely pop of color.

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Delicate Touches

Floral linen napkins and delicately ruffled bowls and dishes are another great choice for creating the French vibe. Simple bud vases with delicate flowers will look great on your faux table, created with the two wicker stools.

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Soft Palette

Whitewashed terra-cotta pots and ceramic pitchers work together to set the scene. Start out with a few creamy pillows and add to your collection over time. Yellow and blue is a classic color scheme that also feels very French. Learn how to whitewash terra-cotta pots >>

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Pretty Flowers

Flowering plants peeking out of a basket is an easy addition to make to any outdoor space. Purchase a number of plants and group them together inside a basket, and use them in several spots around your patio. A simple small chair is an easy addition to any of your existing furniture.

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Look #3: Morocco

Tassels, fringe and metallic lanterns all call to mind the magic of the Moroccan desert.

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Lush Layers

Moroccan-style poufs are an easy way to transform the look of your space. Pair them with plush pillows and a variety of throws to create a comfortable outdoor oasis.

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Easy Embellishment

Add tassels to baskets filled with pillows and extra throws to carry through the Moroccan vibe. Full, lush plants work particularly well with this style as well. Learn how to make easy DIY tassels >>

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Plenty of Pillows

Pillows adorned with pom poms and tassels are a Moroccan mainstay. Double-sided pillows (colorful on one side and neutral on the other) allow for complete flexibility in your outdoor space.

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Cozy Throws

Use vintage pieces of fabric or throws to cover your outdoor seating to create some extra style layers. Again, the wicker stools work perfectly as a makeshift coffee table.

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Extra Comfort

Keeping extra throw pillows and throws on hand means that you can easily switch up the look of your Moroccan-inspired patio.

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