Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Project #4 - Snowman Tassel

Cheri @ It's So Very Cheri is hosting a party called "I Made My Own Tassel". I had never made a tassel before but I've seen some fabulous tassels on several blogs and thought it sounded like a fun project and something that I could incorporate into my holiday decorations or give as a gift. Be sure to check out Cheri's blog to visit all of the participants or better yet, create your own tassel and post to Cheri's party.

Since I had never made a tassel before I googled "tassel tutorial" and I was directed to a wonderful blog called BeTasseled. Heather @ BeTasseled does a great tutorial on making a tassel and I followed her step by step directions to make my holiday tassel. If you're interested in making a tassel I would recommend following the link above to Heather's blog for her fabulous tutorial.

See this little snowman? I made this papier mache snowman during my papier mache crafting phase in 1996. It has been sitting in a drawer in my studio and when I saw it I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my tassel (if anyone is interested in a tutorial on how to make the papier mache snowman let me know...I'll do a future post on making these).
































Knowing the snowman was going to be the focal point of my tassel,  I gathered all of my other materials....wood candle cup, fringe, ribbon, pom poms...to begin my project.  I choose a red, black and cream color scheme to go with my dining room decor.















Following Heather's directions, I layered and glued my materials to the candle cup and my tassel began to take shape. My final touch was to take my papier mache snowman (wearing a new color coordinated scarf and newly painted ear muffs) and glued it to the top of the candle cup. I added a ribbon to the top for hanging and here's my completed tassel.






























                                            
This project did not take much time (I spent more time at Hobby Lobby deciding on the fringe and ribbon) and the total cost was around $3.00 (not including the snowman).
I am happy that the snowman I made 13 years ago is getting a new life as a tassel.

Jane

40 comments:

  1. Well, that hardly looks like your first effort at tassel making. It's fantastic! Are you going to be selling them?
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  2. Love it! Especially since you were able to bring your little snow man from years ago to new life.

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  3. That looks AWESOME! How sweet is that that you were able to use the snowman that you made 13 years ago.

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  4. I LOVE IT. Your snowman is so cute and I love the color combination. These are so fun to make and don't take much fringe at all so they are really pretty inexpensive.

    cheri

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  5. Cute! And you started this so now you must continue...I want info on your little snowman. It is my latest obsession...I'm decorating with snowmen for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  6. He is so cute...I also tried to make a tassel...and you will NEVER see it posted on my blog!! I think I have to go back to step one and start all over!

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  7. Jane this is just the cutest. Great job!

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  8. Jane ~ Not only is it fantastic that you reused your snowman, but I love the way your tassel turned out! The ribbons and trims are so pretty and I love the update to the snowman's attire. : ) That black and red ribbon with the snowflakes is perfect!

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  9. Jane, your little snowman is adorable, and he looks great as a tassel. I'm sure he looks smashing in your dining room. I see your blog is decked out for the holidays. Is that you in front in the header pic? So cute!

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  10. Jane, that is absolutely darling! Great results on your first time. I've been wanting to make them myself, but needed a kick in keester to get started. This is just what I needed to see, a blog party on tassels!

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  11. Jane, I love the new look of your snowman! And it looks relatively easy too. I'm loving all of these projects you've been sharing. Go Jane, Go Jane!!

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  12. I forgot to say that I love your new header! That picture is so perfect! Don't you miss all of that tinsel? Always my favorite part of decorating the tree, the throwing on of the tinsel!

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  13. Oh my gosh, I think that's the cutest tassel I have ever seen! I need instructions on paper mache, I havent done that since I was a kid and you know that was a loooong time ago! Love your project girlfiend!!!! XoXo

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  14. Hi Jane,
    You've given your little snowman a great life as a tassel. What a sweet little ornament he will make hanging somewhere in your home.
    Hugs,
    June

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  15. It came out sooo cute! Your so crafty, thanks for sharing!

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  16. i love when i see something that i've made and then get an idea of how to remake it - such a satisfying feeling, isn't it? this is really cute!

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  17. How cute! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Your little snowman is a cutey whatever you do with him. I have never seen great tassles like this before. I visited a few of the other blogs to see what everyone is doing. Cool stuff! I would love to know how to make the little paper-mache snowman. He is just adororable! Best wishes, :) Tammy

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  19. Have I ever told you how talented I think you are?
    I have been looking at some of the tassels being made this week and I think they are all very clever.
    It makes me wish, not for the first time after reading one of your posts, that I had a Hobby Lobby here in Normandy.
    Love the new header & background btw.
    Maggie

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  20. What a darling Snowman! Great for a Gift Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Diane

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  21. Wow Jane...is there no end to your crafting skills? That snowman looks GREAT! And the tassel is even better! Thanks for the "head's up" about the tassel party...I'm heading over for more inspiration.

    Lisa

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  22. It's so cute! Thanks for the pictures and lesson. I would love to make one of these- maybe after I get my other million projects completed!~ Love it!

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  23. He is so cute and really works as a tassel. Love it! You used the perfect fabric and trim to match him. Well done, Jane, as always!

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  24. That is so gorg! I will need to make one like this! TOOOO CUTE!

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  25. Jane,
    How cute! I am getting that inspired feeling, like making a tassel might be in my near future. You are so creative. By the way, great choices on the ribbon and fabric!
    Dee Dee

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  26. I just finished making a snowman tassel 10 minutes ago! This is so great, Jane. I'd love a tutorial on making the snowman. I can do basic paper mache, but what did you use for the form?
    I wish I had my tassel ready on Monday.

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  27. Oh Jane, He is so adorable! I love him perfect tassle topper he makes.

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  28. Hi Jane!

    That came out so adorable!! That's it, I gotta make some myself now!! LOL

    Hope you are having a great day Jane!

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  29. It's fabulous!!! I should get on the tassel making bandwagon. But I've got so many bandwagons to get on, I can't make up my mind which one. Before I know it, I will be left in the dust.

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  30. That is so stink'n cute!!!

    Jane I emailed you a few days ago. Not sure if it went in your spam though. That happens a lot with my email address.

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  31. Just too CUTE!!!!
    I am "tassel" disabled...I love them and am scared to make one. I tired once...not pretty..
    Just love your snowman!
    Deb :)

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  32. So pretty - I love the colors you used - I am so inspired to make a tassel!!

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  33. Very cute and I love that you used the snowman for it!

    pk @ Room Remix

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  34. he is almost vintage, he looks so much happier!!! about the glitter comment, my 16 year old is with you, he doesn't like the glitter on his clothes..lol

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  35. Well this is just adorable!! You need an Etsy shop girl!! I think I could keep you in business all by myself!!

    So cute!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  36. Okay, this is a super cute tassel. He really was perfect for this project.

    Chelsea

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  37. Nice tassel and that snowman is cute! I haven't been able to find any fringe yet so need to get to a bigger town. :(

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  38. This is so cute! I loved the snowman all by itself....even more so as a tassel!

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  39. oh my gosh, your snowman tassel is A-DORABLE!

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