How to Make Tassel Gift Toppers December 11, 2018 With Christmas well on its way, we’re about ready to turn up the holiday music, grab a mug full of something warm and begin the gift wrapping! This year we’re elevating our wrapping with an easy, handmade gift topper tassel that adds to your presentation without adding hours onto your wrapping time. It’s simple to make and is a playful addition to your gifts. You can even use this tassel to dress up a holiday card for neighbors or coworkers! Here’s What You’ll Need: + Yarn + Scissors + Small rectangular object, such as a gift card or credit card + Wooden beads (optional) 1. Throughout the tassel-making process, there will be three pieces of yarn in play—the yarn that will tie around your envelope or gift, your tassel yarn, and one last piece to tie your final knot. First up: cut the strand of the yarn that will wrap around your gift and set aside. The bigger your gift, the longer this piece will need to be. 2. Now we’ll begin working on your tassel. Take the roll of yarn and begin to wrap it vertically, somewhat tightly, around your small, rectangular anchor object—such as a gift card or credit card. For a larger tassel, wrap yarn around the card 20-25 times. For a smaller tassel, wrap yarn around the card 10-15 times. When you’re finished wrapping, the two end pieces should dangle and will become part of the tassel once you complete step three. Pick up the first piece of yarn you cut, loop it underneath your wrapped yarn, and slide it to the top of the card. Secure your tassel by tying a tight knot at the top of your card. 3. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the yarn at the bottom of the card. 4. At this step, your tassel should now be formed and unattached from the card. 5. Cut your third piece of yarn, around 10 inches long, and lay it underneath the tassel. 6. Tightly wrap the piece of yarn a few times around the tassel towards the top—where the arrow in the photo is pointing. Notice the difference in the tassel’s shape from step 5 to step 6. Once it’s tightly wrapped, tie a knot and leave the two ends hanging at similar lengths as the rest of the tassel. 7. Trim the ends so that all pieces of yarn are even at the bottom. 8. Your tassel is complete and you’re ready to top your card or gift! If your first piece of yarn ends up being too short to wrap around, you can simply tape the ends on the back to get the same look. Optional: Before wrapping the tassel around a card or gift, string beads (we used wooden beads) on each end of your yarn. This is an example of a larger tassel, made by wrapping more yarn several more times in step two. We hope this inspires you to add a little something special to your Christmas gifts this year—whether it be a handmade tassel or even a thoughtful handwritten note. Happy wrapping!