DIY Ombre Tassel Necklace


Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a lovely (long) weekend! I've been meaning to make a tassel necklace and share the tutorial here for about a month, and could never find time to do it. But it's finally here and I'm excited to share the simple how-to. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!


You will need :

- White embroidery thread (100% cotton). 5 sets of 30 strands, each strand measuring 24" + 6 extra strands, each measuring about 4" + 5 extra strands, each measuring about 12"
- Scissors
- 4" long piece of cardboard (width doesn't matter)
- Dye (RIT dye is available at Joann’s or Michaels for around $2.50)
- Table salt
- A bucket of cold water
- Hot water
- Rubber gloves
- 5 small recipients, plastic or metal. If you can't find 5, one will be enough (you'll just have to dye each tassel one by one in the same recipient, as opposed to dyeing all 5 tassels at the same time in different recipients). The recipient needs to be bigger than your tassels (i.e. at least about 2" in height).
- Teaspoon or small syringe
- Chain necklace
- Needle

STEP 1 : MAKE FIVE TASSELS




1. Start with a set of 30 strands, each strand measuring 24". Wrap the thread tightly around the cardboard.

2. Gently pull the thread off the cardboard.

3. Tie the center with an extra piece of thread (about 4" long).

4. Cut the loop ends at both sides.

5. Pull down the fringe and shape your tassel.

6. Take an extra strand, about 12" long. Wrap it around your tassel (about 0.4" from the top), knot firmly and trim.

7. Trim to make the fringe on the bottom clean and straight. Notice that I haven't been very successful at that ;)

8. Cut the top thread (the one we used to tie the center at step 3).

9. Repeat all these steps to make 5 tassels. Dont' worry : once you've made the first one, you'll be able to whip a bunch out in no time.


STEP TWO : DYE THE TASSELS

If you have five recipients, you can dye your five tassels simultaneously. If you have only one recipient, just dye your tassels one by one.



1. Fill each of your recipients with about one table spoon of salt. Salt will help drive the dye onto the fabric.




2. Put your rubber gloves on, as you're going to pour the dye. If you have a syringe, you will be able to be very precise measuring the quantity of dye, but using a spoon will work very well too. I tried both and both went fine!

3. In the first recipient, pour just a few drops : about 0.5ml or 1/10 teaspoon. Pour dye in all recipients at an increasing progression, at a difference of about 0.5ml each time. The last recipient should have a quantity of dye of about half a teaspoon.

4. Now fill each recipient with hot water and wait a few seconds for the salt to dissolve in the water. 

5. Place each tassel in each recipient, starting by the last recipient (the one that contains the largest quantity of dye) making sure the tassels are fully immersed.




3. Wait just a few seconds before starting to take out the lightest shade first. Wash out the excess dye in your bucket of cold water. Then take out the next tassel, and repeat until all five have been washed out. Let them dry (mine took about 3 hours to dry).


STEP THREE : MAKE THE NECKLACE

Insert an extra piece of embroidery thread through the eye of the needle, and tie it to the chain, or the clasp of the chain. Use the needle to guide the chain through the top loop of each tassel.


You're done, enjoy your new necklace! Let me know if you have any question and I'll try my best to help you.


53 comments:

  1. It looks so beautiful! But I think that's too diffucult for me...

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    1. Oh it's really easy! Once you've made the first tassel, it goes like a charm :)

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  2. That came out great! Would love to make one that went from turquoise to mint green.

    www.geenarose.blogspot.com

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    1. I wanted to make one in mint but couldn't find any mint dye.. I hope you can find some :)

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    2. Me too! I also would love to make one in shades of coral. Any tips?

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  3. This is so sweet! Reminds of me of a cute schoolgirl look :)


    Cathy Trails

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  4. Adorei essa ideia! Beijinhos pra ti, Cá.

    www.rosaacessorios.blogspot.com.br

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  5. That is so precious! Dying sounds like such a fun thing to try too :)

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! Yes, dying is super fun :)

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  6. This is very cute and original
    Thanks for sharing!
    http://ilovedoityourself.blogspot.fr/

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  7. This is one of the coolest necklaces, evah! I going to try it! And I will able to wear it in university too, it's not very fancy. Perfect.

     In Whirl of Inspiration

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    1. Why thank you so much Debbie! You're the sweetest!

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  8. Great tutorial!!!! And amazing pictures...Congratulations!!!
    Hugs from Spain,

    Martina.

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  9. awesome idea! Im with geena rose I think turquoise would be good too.
    -Taryn

    sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com

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    1. Agreed! I'd love to try it in turquoise but I can't find any turquoise dye..I'll keep looking. Thanks so much for your comment :)

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  10. Oh so pretty - totally love it! What a great idea! Just ombre dyed a crocheted wool scarf myself. If you like to see it:
    http://www.lebenslustiger.com/serendipity/archives/117-Ombre-Crochet.html
    Have a wonderful day, Anette

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    1. Your scarf looks absolutely gorgeous! Have a wonderful day too :)

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  11. What a wonderful Idea. And such a nice tutorial. I love the necklace.

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  12. Don't know if it's something that I would personally wear, but I love the colours and it is very interesting.

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    1. Well maybe you could make a tassel garland instead of a necklace? Or add tassels to a neutral pillow?

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  13. This is lovely and easy to make!! a must have for the summer!!! it would be cool to try it in different colours and different tones so could go with most of the outfitts! :) thanks for sharing!!!:)

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    1. Thank you so much Lilly! And I agree that it would be fun to try it in other colors..I think I'll try a classic off-white to dark grey next. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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    2. Gray ombré sounds lovely!

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  14. This is adorable! I'm addin this to my summer DIY list!

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  15. This is so incredibly cool! Your talent never ceases to amaze me!!
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

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  16. I absolutely LOVE it, it's georgeous! Congratulations ;)

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  17. SO Pretty! What a beautiful tutorial. Thank you for sharing!! :)

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  18. simple and so lovely!!!
    thanks for sharing this tutorial (nice pics!).
    xxxx Alessandra

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  19. I LOVE this! Might have to make a trip to the store!

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  20. Oh, this is lovely - your blog name is so apt :o)

    Found you via Pip at Meet Me At Mikes, what a lovely gal she is, glad she mentioned you and this fab tutorial.

    Can't wait to have a mooch about xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Emma! I'm so glad that your comment made me discover Meet Me At Mikes :)

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  21. Found your tutorial on Pip at Meet Me At Mikes - how fabulous - I must try this!

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  22. This is absolutely FANTASTIC!!I'll do it! :D:D

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  23. Hi Clemence! This is gorgeous! I'm definitely making one this weekend. I'll tweet you a pic when it's done. Christina x

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    1. Thanks so much Christina, I can't wait to see the pic!

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  24. It sure looks like you had a fun time! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Hi! I featured this DIY on my blog, hope that's okay :))

    New post on SEARCH IN FASHION - Top 5 weekly picks: Tassel DIY

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    1. Of course, thanks so much for sharing :)

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  26. thanks for posting.

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  27. I would love to know where you come up with these ideas! They're so clever and beautiful. I love the pink and red colors you choose :)

    xo.

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  28. This is lovely. I rather like this idea. New follower!

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  29. Hi! I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. How many "skeins" of embroidery floss did you use? I had one and was cutting it and ran out before I had enough threads to make one tassel. Are you separating the largers strands into smaller strands? I appreciate it!

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    1. Hi Jill, I'm terribly sorry for my late reply. I missed your comment. If I remember well, I think I used about one skein of embroidery floss per tassel. I used thin embroidery floss and wanted my tassels to be thick, so it did require quite a lot of floss! My embroidery floss was made of 4 strands twisted around each other and I separated it to have 4 individual strands. Hope that helps!

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  30. Gorgeous!

    Sadly I found your entire tutorial scraped on another site - here: http://mostlovely.net/diy-ombre-tassel-necklace/
    As a fellow craft blogger I hate that there is someone taking advantage of your time and creativity :(

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    1. Unfortunately this happens all the time :( So sad. Thank you so much for the heads up, I really appreciate it!

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