Go green and recycle. Make some cute ribbon tassels that can be used for anything. You can make these tassels to hold back your curtains or decorate a pillow. Whatever you wish, it's up to you.
- You'll need 1 100g skein of Darn Good Yarn's Around the World Sari Ribbon. You can also substitute this skein with the variety of other sari ribbons Darn Good Yarn carries. They come in solids, mixed prints, eye-lashed, and silk varieties.
- CD Case or heavy cardboard that has the same dimensions (this determines the length of the fringe of the tassel so you can make it as long or short as you'd like)
- Fishing Line
- Seed Beads
- Other Embellishments (large beads, buttons etc)
- Wrap the yarn around the CD case (or heavy duty cardboard). Do this until it bulks up to your desired "poofiness". For the tassel pictured, it was about 25 times.
- Cut the remaining ribbon
- Take a 7 inch piece of ribbon and thread it through one side of the loops. You need this because you can use this ribbon to attach it to whatever you had in mind. Make it longer if you say had curtains that were very bulky. If you are having a tough time getting the ribbon through the loops, go ahead and go to step 4 and then carefully go back to this step.
- Slide the recycled sari ribbon off the CD case.
- Cut another piece of ribbon about 6 inches in length. This will tie the tassel together. So, tie it close to the top of the loops you just passed that ribbon from step 3. Make a neat and tight square knot for this part. this is especially important if you're not going to add additional embellishments. You can tuck the ends of this ribbon underneath this band to make them lie flat.
- It should really look like a tassel now! But you must cut and trim the bottom loops. Make sure to get them all and arrange the recycled sari ribbon so there is equal poofiness.
- Go ahead an embellish as you see fit. Get funky! Try beads, buttons or leave it as is.