How to Make Tablecloth Tassels

by Jordan Whitehouse

To add elegance to your home's interior you don't always need to purchase expensive new furniture, tablecloths or curtains. Instead, you can just add small details, such as tassels to your tablecloth. But tassels can be quite expensive to buy as well. Thankfully, however, tassels are easy to make with just a small length of yarn and a couple of other tools you probably have at home.

Items you will need

  • 4-inch long piece of cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
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Step 1

Determine how long you'd like your finished tassel to be; cut a 4-inch long piece of cardboard to a height that corresponds to twice this length. For example, if you'd like your tassel to be 5-inches long, cut a piece of cardboard that is 4-inches long and 10-inches wide. Fold the piece of cardboard in half width-wise.

Step 2

Cut a 12-inch long piece of yarn and pass it through the open end of the folded piece of cardboard. Have equal lengths of yarn on either side of the piece of cardboard.

Step 3

Wrap yarn around the middle of the long sides of the folded cardboard 80 times. The width of the bundle you make by wrapping should be approximately 2 inches.

Step 4

Make a tight knot around the end of the yarn bundle along the open end of the piece of cardbaord with the piece of yarn from Step 2. Cut along the opposite end of the yarn bundle to release the tassel from the cardboard.

Step 5

Cut a 12-inch long piece of yarn and wrap it around the yarn bundle ten times approximately 2 inches below the tied end. Secure the end of the piece of yarn to the tassel with a small dab of glue from a hot glue gun.

Step 6

Bunch a corner of your tablecloth and tie the tassel to the bunch with the piece of yarn from Step 2.

Tips & Warnings

  • The tassels can also be made with string or embroidery floss.

About the Author

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jordan Whitehouse has been writing on food and drink, small business, and community development since 2004. His work has appeared in a wide range of online and print publications across Canada, including Atlantic Business Magazine, The Grid and Halifax Magazine. Whitehouse studied English literature and psychology at Queen's University, and book and magazine publishing at Centennial College.

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