DIY leather tassel necklaces

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i am a creative down to the core, but i don’t capture my projects as often as i’d like to because i do most of my creating at night.  night time is great for crafting but bad for blogging (no light = bad pictures).  but yesterday, when the kids were at school, i made the grown up choice to create this tutorial instead of napping (and totally regretted that decision by 3pm)!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i created these leather tassel necklaces several months ago with some left over supplies after closing my shop.  i kept a couple for myself and love to wear them layered together.  i can wear them long or short since they are adjustable.  i have been asked for a tutorial several times after wearing them in my what i wore posts.  so here you go!

diy leather tassel necklaces

you need a handful of supplies for this project.  i got this 3 pack of tools at walmart several years ago with needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and side cutters.

diy leather tassel necklaces

you can find leather tassels all over the interwebs, but i found some here.  i got mine with antique bronze caps, but there are a couple other options.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

an unnecessary addition, but super cute, i add a wire wrapped bead to the end of each necklace.  any beads will do, i just had these glass beads from walmart.

other supplies needed:

about 32″ of chain – i chose antique bronze (similar here)

2  4mm jump rings (similar here)

1  6mm jump ring (similar here)

1 head pin (similar)

1 lobster clasp (similar)

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i’ll take you through step-by-step, but you can see the basic order (above) to putting together this necklace.

diy leather tassel necklaces

this requires some cooperation between your right and left hands, since you’ll need to use both the needle nose pliers and the round nose pliers (or any 2 pairs of tiny pliers).  begin by opening the smaller jump ring just enough to add the lobster clasp and one end of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces

once those 2 pieces are on the jump ring, close the ring using both pliers.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

next take the larger jump ring and slide the tassel onto it, and the chain inside the ring, then close the jump ring.  its important that you put the chain inside the jump ring rather than a loop of the chain through the jump ring.  once the ring is closed, you want the tassel to move freely along the chain, not be stuck on one loop of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

next make the wire wrapped bead.  this is a little tricky, so here’s a great tutorial, but i’ll try to walk you through it.

diy leather tassel necklaces

slide the bead onto the base of the head pin.

diy leather tassel necklaces

using the needle nose pliers, hold the wire about a 1/4″ up.

diy leather tassel necklaces

bend the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

diy leather tassel necklaces

wrap the wire tight around the pliers, tighter than i did here!

diy leather tassel necklaces

holding the needle nose pliers in one hand, take the round nose pliers and grab the end of the wire, and wrap it around the head pin, just above the bead.  then clip off any remaining wire left.

diy leather tassel necklaces

it takes a few tries to get this right, be patient.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

take the smaller jump ring, open it, and add the wire wrapped bead and the end of the chain, then close the ring.

diy leather tassel necklaces

all done!  layer a couple of your favorite colors for a lightweight addition to your outfit!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

let me know if you have any questions!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

Comments

  1. 1

    These are so cute! I’ve never tried jewelry making, but I’d love to tackle these!

  2. 2

    Awesome- thanks for sharing !

  3. 3

    I’ve been eyeing your tassel necklaces on your WIW posts and have been hoping for a tutorial. I just ordered the tassels and will whip some up soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. 5

    What a great project! I made some this morning with tassels found at JoAnn’s. Not as wide of a color selection as on Etsy (only blue, green and two shades of pink) but I didn’t want to wait for them to ship! These are so cheap and easy to make.. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  5. 6

    wow, you’re fast! share them on instagram or Facebook and tag me (if you’re on either) so i can see them!

  6. 8

    I love the fun colors you chose! I’m incorporating that shade of green and turquoise into my color scheme décor this year. Thanks for the great idea.

  7. 9

    hi this nice tutorial i see and will usefull to peoples who love making fashion tassel necklaces in housing like me. thanks sharing

  8. 10

    hey Lindsey- love your blog- you have inspired me to renew an interest in fashion and putting some thought into my outfits ! Great decorating ideas as well. in what increments do you order the chain if you are making a few necklaces? Thanks for the how-to! super cute!

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