5.24.2010

Boutique Tassels - Tutorial

The Soul Sisters convened for my birthday at the beginning of the month. 4 out of 5 sisters celebrated the afternoon away at Marzipan's house (maybe our last gathering there before she moves!) We ate Devil's Food Cake with Oreo Icing



and learned how to make tassels. For reals, it was the best day ever.

Want to join us? Okay, we'll need to gather some supplies:

Boutique Tassles

Various trims, ribbons, and do-dads
A small terra cotta pot or knick knack with a base
Glue gun




I found these ceramic fleur-de-lis things at the Dollar Tree for our day of tassel making, but my first tassel was made with a mini-terra cotta pot as you'll see in most of the photos.

We take our tassels seriously...just look at the concentration. I believe this is the only birthday party ever where a craft table was whipped out from hiding and each guest traveled with their own glue gun.



I'm not even going to try to make this complicated. Listen, just do this:

hot glue random trims and fringes around an object.

There. That's all there is to it! Seriously. See?

Begin with your longest stuff and end with the shortest stuff:



Now, there are a bunch of variations. Like, glue the same trim around your object upside down:



Now, flip it over and it looks a little thicker:



Try looping some ribbons here and there:



Add some beaded trim, some pom-pom trim, anything you want. You can even make some ribbons dangle from the bottom. Just layer and layer, keep it interesting with lots of textures and shapes. Use your imagination! When using the terra cotta pot, you can layer all the way to the top.



Once I reached the top I glued a little bird ornament up there (it is actually the bottom of the pot since we turned it upside down). I, then, turned some feathery trim upside down and glued it around the tippy top. Look, it made a nest for my birdie!

The bird came with a string to hang it, easy peesy!



Now, look at some of the tassels we made with the ceramic figures!



We followed the same concept and glued trim just around the base. We layered, and layered...



Note: Trim is expensive! Start to collect your trims over time. Look in the clearance aisles in your craft and fabric stores, wait for things to go on sale, use your coupons!

Now, don't forget Tutorial Tuesday tomorrow. Grab a button and link up your own tutorials. "Teach me stuff" and you could win a prize. Oh, and it's a great prize this week...

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22 comments :

  1. Ah, that looks so fun! They turned out great! I want to have a craft day with my gals! And I want a slice of that cake!

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  2. These are so cute...It's on my TO-DO list!!

    Stop over for a chance at a CSN Lantern giveaway - patti

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  3. ok, those are so freakin' fun!!! definitely have to do those with my sissy!!

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  4. How cute!Thanks for sharing your lovley work!

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  5. I just bought some of those at the dollar store too. I spray painted them fun bright colors and they turned out great. Now I think that i will have to make some tassels out of them. Great job.

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  6. Love it--what a fun friends project!

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  7. This is really pretty!

    Thanks for sharing

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  8. Cute stuff!

    And that devil's food oreo cake looks DIVINE!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

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  9. These turned out sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I definitely want to try thes!

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  10. This is a really cute idea! And what's even better is that it looks like you girls had an awesome time doing it. I hope you had a marvelous birthday!!

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  11. How much fun is that?! Happy belated birthday. :) The cake looks great too. Wish I had a cool crafty group.

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  12. Those are just incredibly cool!

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  13. How fun are those? And the possibilities are endless!
    Cake, crafting and girlfriends, what could be better?

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  14. That looks like so much fun! Now I want to dig out my ribbons and trim and get busy... ;)

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  15. Love.
    I saw these in a boutique here in St. Louis for $45.00 EACH.

    Whaaat?

    thanks for the tute.

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  16. These are very cute. I have seen tassels around quite a bit...but I'm never quite sure what I would do with them, especially bigger ones like you all made. If you get a chance, would you post some ideas of how to decorate with these guys? Thanks!

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  17. WOW! All the tassels turned out so great!!! So chic looking!

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  18. Hellooo! That is fabulous! I love how it turned out and what a fun thing to do with friends! Great blog by the way.
    Karin

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  19. That cake looks awesome! And the tassels...I need some extra time, you make such cute stuff!

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  20. Cute tassels!What a fun birthday celebration.

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  21. This project was featured at the Trendy Treehouse. Be sure to stop by for a button!

    http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2010/05/more-feature-favorites-from-around.html

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial and great pics. I tried to make a bunny tassel once, and it completely kicked my butt! I had the layers all wrong and it looked like it'd had a bad haircut!!

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