[The DIY Files] don’t tassel me, bro.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!


it’s a tassel-off! or not.

This heat wave hitting the country this summer has led to fewer layers of clothes being worn, the focus of the outfit now shifts to accessories, especially the uptick in layering accessories to take an outfit from one level to the next, . Depending on which aspect you want to focus on — the wrist, neck, or fingers — layering and stacking elements simple elements can bring a big impact to your look.

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left to right: necklace [baublebar] / chain necklace [nastygal] / green necklace [couturecandy]

In terms of necklaces, the easiest way to layer is with one or two longer, simple pieces — so this tassel necklace is the perfect foundation piece to add to your collection. Project FIRST then a few ways to style the piece.

Materials you’ll need:

  • 28in of chain (or your desired length, the tassel should hit mid-torso) for the actual necklace
  • additional 4 in of chain for adding to the tassel
  • 3 jump rings
  • 1 clasp
  • 36 inches of string/cord in a neutral color. You want to calculate the total string length needed by increasing the number of pieces x the thinner the cord or string is. So I ended up with embroidery string that was 36 in long –> cut into 6 x 6in pieces –> folded into half for a total of 12 x 3 in pieces. Yeah, there’s some math involved here…
  • 1 head pin
  • 1 cone-shaped bead
  • round-tip, needle-tip, wire-cutter pliers
  • 1 bead or charm to add as ‘weight’ for the tassel


The steps for the necklace below!

1. Cut the cord/string into 6in long strips for the tassel, since these will be going through the loop of the headpin and will be hanging at half their length. I began with 36 inches of thread, cut into 6 strips of 6 in each.

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2. Taking the head pin, create a half-loop — like a hook– at one end.

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3. Gather your strips of thread and fold into half, leaving an open space for the hook to go through. Put the hook of the head pin through the loop.

4. Adjust the thread to be at the half-way point, and close the half-loop of the head pin.

5. Put the head pin through the cone-shaped bead, cut any excess and turn the pin’s end into another loop.

6. Take the smaller chain (for the ‘anchor’ of the tassel) and open one link and slip it into the loop of the head pin.

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7. Attach the charm or single bead to the other end of the extra chain.


8. Take the tassel + charm combination with the head pin and attach to one of the jump rings.

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9. Slip the jump ring through one end of the chain for the necklace and slip it to the half-way point. Keep it stable.

10. Attach a jump ring to each end of the chain, then a closure clasp to one end.

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..and you’re DONE!

A preview of how to wear this necklace 3 different ways… 

(A) …WITH a statement collar necklace.


varying tones of silver with a brightly colored statement necklace = serious style.

(B) …WITH mixed metals.


bright silver + gold toned rosary and other adornments = very \m/

(C) …WITH *another* long necklace.


tassel necklace + Phalanx Says from m!spunktuation = light but with an impact.

The deets will be up on Wednesday for a layering lesson on necklaces with how.what.wear.

The DIY Files… beating the Monday blues one project at a time.

— Nita


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