May 20, 2014

DIY: beaded tassel bracelet

It's summa, summa, summa (accessory) time!  Long summer days at the beach or pool requires no fuss, hassle-free, worry-free accessories.  You know what I'm talking about - who wants to fret about fine jewelry that might break/get lost in the water or fade from chlorine damage?  Easy is the way to go.  Throw on some fun beaded bracelets with a little tassel flair and be on your leisurely way.

It's just as easy to make as it is to slip on/off.  Layer and stack them up for added fun.  Just like with good company - the more the merrier.  

Materials (all supplies purchased from Michaels or other craft stores):

- Beads ($3-$9 per string)
- Stretchy jewelry string (size 0.5mm - $3)

- Gold loop connectors ($5)
- Embroidery floss ($0.79 each)
- Super glue (optional)

- Scissors and jewelry pliers


To make the bracelet, measure out the size of the bracelet you need with the stretchy jewelry string and cut.  String the beads then tie a double knot.  Snip the remaining pieces off.  You can place a drop of super glue on the knot to ensure it stays put.

For the tassel, take a long piece the embroidery floss and wrap it around your fingers several times in a circular motion.  Keep the circle in tact, then take another piece of floss and wrap it around the top of the circle tying a knot.

Next, snip the bottom of the circle.  Take another piece of floss and tie it around the top of the tassel with another knot.  Then take the edges and wrap it around the top a few times.  Tie another knot and cut the remaining pieces.

Then, cut the entire bottom of the tassel evenly.  Using the pliers, open the gold connector and loop it through the top portion of the tassel.  Lastly, loop the connector onto the beaded bracelet and close it.

xoxo, NB

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