After receiving so many emails and comments as to how these are made, I decided to post this tutorial.
To start, you will need a few supplies such as:
- Decorative trim in various widths
- Ribbon, lace, etc.
- A figure of your choice
- Maximum adhesive glue (I use Scotch)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- A small jewelry drill
- Candle cups
- Eye Screws
Start off, by drilling a small hole on the top of the figure. Screw in the eye screw, if you would like, add a bit of the maximum strength adhesive glue in the hole to assure that it does not come out. You can also paint the eye screw to blend in with the figure.
Glue the figure onto a candle cup, using Maximum adhesive glue.
I usually do this late at night and let dry overnight.
Take your decorative trim and line up longest to shortest widths, as you will want to start out with the longest.
Take the longest and roll tightly until it is just big enough to fit snug inside the candle cup.
Then take the glue gun and glue all around the inside of the candle cup.
Quickly, place the trim inside.
I like to alternate ribbon and trim, but that is up to you. I pre-cut lengths of ribbon that are just a little shorter than the trim that I just placed inside the candle cup.
You can loop the ribbon for fullness or leave it and cut the ends.
I glue the ribbon closely so as not to leave any of the candle cup exposed. Be very careful not to burn your fingers~ after I place the ribbon on top of the hot glue I use the end of the hot glue gun to press the ribbon onto the wood.
Just keep layering up the candle cup, getting shorter in width with every layer, until you are at the bottom of the figure. I used a thick trim, that looks like a nest when attached to the base of the figure. It also hides where it is attached to the candle cup.
You can also add cording around the base as to cover where the figure is attached to the candle cup. (shown below) I put a bow on top to hide where the cording ends meet.
Add a pretty ribbon threaded through the eye screw and there you have it! You can use these in so many different ways, hanging from a lamp, or window, ceiling fan, on a gift bag, as weights to hold down a table cloth, tie backs for curtains, from a key in an armoire, the possibilities are endless.
Click on the Creating... album on my side bar or here if you would like to see more of the tassels that I have made.
(If you have any strands of hot glue hanging from the tassel, and believe me you will, just blow dry with a hand held dryer for a few seconds until they disappear.)
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!