Tutorial Week: Cranberry Tassel

Tutorial Week Day 3: So I about wrote this really lame Cranberry/Turkey/Thanksgiving pun, but I resisted. Can you believe Turkey day is tOmMoRw? I’m so not ready! Better hit the grocery store. ugh! Sorry, today I have the much requested Cranberry Tassel Tutorial for you. The tassel I made for the tutorial is slightly different than the original, but I like it better! Anyways, off we go!
  • Cranberry Star Ornament (I got it at the dollar store)
  • rotary fabric cutter (or you can use a yardstick and scissors)
  • scissors
  • white burlap
  • hot glue gun
  • small plastic bottle that you can cut up
  • coordinating ribbon
  • 6″ of thin gauge wire 
  • wire cutters (c’mon girls, get them REAL tools out! lol)
First you’ll cut off the strange wired greenery at the top of your star with your wire cutters. (yours may not have it) To do this, I had to remove a couple “cranberries”. Save them.
Now hot glue that “cranberry” or two to cover the greenery’s spot. (if  the spot isn’t quite covered, don’t worry, a little later we’ll take off a couple more berries that you can put there.)
Next you’ll cut your burlap for the tassel. Be sure to lightly spray it with a water bottle before hand. This really does help with the mess. Trust me! You’ll cut 1″ strips across the entire length of your burlap. (I think it’s 36″?)
I cut 5 strips, but only used 4.
Now start with one end of one burlap strip and start looping it around.
When your tassel looks the way you want it to, hold the top in place….
and wrap your 6″ of wire around the top to hold the burlap strips in place. Try to wrap the wire close to the top so that it won’t show later. Feel free to tweak your strips and arrange them. When you wrap the wire around the bundle, it changes how they fall a little.
Next you’ll make your tassel topper. Cut your plastic bottle in half or so. (I used the wire cutters to do this.) You want your bottle to be about 1″ tall.
 Now hot glue ribbon around your bottle.
Cover the top of the bottle with ribbon as well because it will show a little.
Put plenty of hot glue on the inside of the bottle and stick the top of the burlap bundle in. Hold in place until the glue cools. Be sure that the wire around the burlap isn’t showing.
You’ll then hot glue the cranberry star onto your topper. I removed a couple berries so that the tassel fit snug in the star. You can glue these to the top as well.
And there you go!
Just for comparison, here’s the original Cranberry Tassel:
Better picture (and lighting) by far! oh well. I didn’t have time for a better pic of my tutorial tassel.
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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    YAY, Linda, I was so hoping you would do a tutorial! You ROCK!! Thank you so much. Your cranberry tassel turned our gorgeous and now I feel comfortable to attempt this on my own.

    ~Happy Holidays~

  2. 2

    Linda~I just love your tassel…thanks for showing us each step on making it…I sure hope I have some time this hoilday season to make one!


  3. 3

    Ok, so cute! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  4. 4

    that's darling! I am gonna try it out myself!

  5. 5

    I would have never thought that cute thing would have been that easy to make.

  6. 6
    The DIY Show Off

    I love it. It's one of the prettiest tassels I've seen! Great job! I'm really loving your projects! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. 7

    This is sooo pretty! I have seen that ornament at the dollar store… Now I can't wait to see it as a tassle!!

    I am filing this (of course) at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks so much for a great tutorial!!

  8. 8

    soo beautiful TFS :D