How to Make a Tassel With Waxed Cotton

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Add charm to your jewelry by creating your own custom tassel with waxed cotton cord.

Time: 5 min
Skill Level: Easy

Creating tassels are quite fun to make, it can be done with various type of string or strand as long as you make the proper adjustments to accommodate the thickness of the materials you are using. It can also be finished with many types of beads to finish. Here are some examples:

Things You'll Need

  • 1.0mm Waxed Cotton Cord
  • African Brass Disc Bead
  • Brass African Ball Bead
  • Wire Cutters (Scissors)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Determine Your Tassel Length

Decide how long you want your tassel to be. For this particular tutorial, we will be making a tassel with a finished length of 1 ½ inches. Multiply your finished length by two and add some (in this case, the result would be a bit more than 3 inches). Then, fold over a long piece of cord 3+ inches at a time, approximately 10 times similar to the photo below.

Step 2: Cut two pieces of cord

Cut two 7 inch pieces of cord.

Step 3: Find the middle point

Take one of the spare 7 inch cords you cut, and tie a knot around the middle of your stack.

Step 4: Start forming the tassel

Pinch and fold the stack in half until its opposite ends meets at the bottom.

Step 5: Secure Top of Tassel

One quarter of an inch below the top of the fold you created, tie your remaining 7 inch cord around the stack to secure your bundle.

Step 6: Create the Fringes

At the bottom of the tassel, cut each folded strand of cord so it is opened and split in two.

Step 7: Even the Ends

Measure 3 inches down from the fold of the tassel, and trim the fringes so they are even and match your desired length.

Step 8: Decorate & Finish

You may consider adding a bead to the top of your tassel for style. Then, create a regular loop knot at the top of your tassel for security.

Step 9: Congrats! You May Now Use Your Tassel

Now that you made a finished tassel, use it creatively in your own custom jewelry designs!

Tips & Advice

  • When creating tassels always test how the character of the material you are using. This will guide you if it will fit the aesthetics your piece.
  • Adjust your measurements when creating your tassels some materials needs a little more or less depending on how it ties together.


Tassels are a great way to add a custom finishing touch to your jewelry pieces, with the type of materials you have you can pick a material that compliments your custom pieces.

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