July 19, 2016

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Clever Poppy is all about giving you the chance to take time out to create something beautiful for your home, without the hassle of sorting out instructions, figuring out where to buy supplies and creative planning. I hope you enjoy seeing what we have to offer, and feel inspired and confident to give some creative DIY a go...

DIY Luxe Leather Tassels, by Clever Poppy

Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with at the moment. It's got a gorgeous luxe feel and knowing you are using a quality product makes all the difference. These days you can get beautiful colour options too - I'm in love! 

This blog is all about teaching you how to make a simple leather tassel. They are super easy to make and can be used in multiple ways, each time adding that luxe detail that takes your decor to the next level.

For making the tassel, you will need:
  • Leather - you want a nice flat piece, in your chosen colour. You could also use suede or vinyl if you wish. For mine, I found the most beautiful range of leather at The Fabric Store (www.thefabricstore.co.nz or www.thefabricstore.com.au). They have bins which have offcuts of their coloured leather range, and these are perfect for making tassels from (you'll just have to take chances on colours that are available on the day). Or if you ask nicely they might cut you some from their beautiful hides.
  • A ring - I used 19mm curtain rings which I purchased from a hardware store (Mitre 10 Mega)
  • Sharp scissors (these need to be good enough to cut the leather)
  • A marker
  • A ruler
  • A hot glue gun
Before we start, watch the video here:

Ok now let's get started!

Step One:

Measure up your tassel. Mark out a 15cm wide x 10cm high rectangle, and mark a horizontal line 2cm from the top.

Cut out this rectangle, as well as another piece which is 10cm x 1.5cm (this will become the hanger).

 Step Two:

Cut slices in the rectangle up to the line you've marked along the top. I freestyled these and they worked out fine, even when I didn't cut them perfectly even (but you can be as particular and measured as you like).

Step Three:

Thread the ring onto your single strap piece, and secure it closed with a dot of glue. Then roll up your tassel! Just glue the hanger piece down on the bottom right of the rectangle, and then roll it up, gluing as you go.  

And that's all there is to it, you've made your tassel!

Now that you've mastered the art of creating a tassel, you can make as many as you like and get creative with where these are displayed in your life! Here are some ideas:

  • I threaded them onto a piece of cotton thread into a garland, and hung this in the nursery. To stop the tassels shifting around on the string, I just did a knot on either side of each tassel.
  • Use a single tassel as a key ring, or hanging off any decor to create interest and texture.
  • Hang small ones off the back of your high heels.
  • Hang tassels off your favourite hand bag.

I hope you enjoyed learning this easy and effective little DIY project! Check out my website for more DIY project ideas, and please do share any projects you make with me, I'd love to see the results!


Julie Stuart
Julie Stuart


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August 26, 2016

HI there, love these tassels but am struggling to find the lovely coloured leather you have, do you have any advice on where to get it from? Thanks Jo

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