Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween Tassels Tutorial-Kids Craft/Party Idea

I love tassels and they could be a fun and fairly inexpensive craft activity for a child's Halloween Party (using ribbons, trims, etc. you already have on hand). Even the ribbon I bought came from the $1 bin.

These cute plastic treat containers can be pumpkins, skulls, anything that's on the market. I used little wooden candle holders from the craft store (5/8" hole) to glue the ribbon on to. You turn them upside down (opening on the bottom) and this gives you a flat surface to glue onto the bottom of the pumpkin. 

Begin by gluing your string of pearls, or beads, etc. to the inside of the candle holder, this will be your longest embellishment. I might even do this step ahead of time if the kids are younger.
Note: I used a hot glue gun. I'm sure there has to be some fast drying product out there now that's safe for kids to use, if someone would leave a comment recommending one I'd appreciate it.
I don't suggest sequins if using hot glue, the strings won't come off. Found that out the hard way...

Then begin gluing strips of ribbon all around the outside of the candle holder. You may want to cut all of your ribbon strips ahead of time and have little piles of them for each child. 

Keep doing that with at least 3-4 more different ribbons of varying widths. The idea is to center the new ribbon where the sides of the lower row of ribbon meet and move "up" the candle holder with each new addition. The holder will eventually be completely covered with ribbon.

Save a pretty thinner ribbon to make some loops for your last layer (or two). Glue the good side of the ribbon to the candle holder then bring the other end up and glue it to the top creating a loop.

Glue the candle holder to the bottom of the pumpkin.

The last step, and the one that might require the most help, is to add something all the way around where the candle holder meets the pumpkin, just to finish it off. Could be an embellishment or some more ribbon.
There you have it, a cute project and a decoration that parents could keep and bring out each year.
Tip: Stuff bubble wrap or cotton balls in the loops before storing to keep them round from year to year.

54 comments:

  1. Cute-cute-cute! Great for decorating a small autumn tree, package tie-on or hanging off a door knob. Love it! xo,

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  2. Cute project and a great way to use up those ribbon ends that you just can't bring yourself to throw out. xo

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  3. what a great idea....have a nice day you too, ciao Flavia

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  4. This pumpkin with all the ribbons makes me smile.

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  5. Well isn't he just all cutsie wootsie! LOL Very nice design.

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  6. Lynn, that is a very cute project and you made it well. I really like the colors of the ribbons. I think it could be used in a variety of ways for fun fall decorating. Really nice for a very inexpensive craft project. The little ones would love helping with this one, I'm sure. Shannon

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  7. I love Halloween and this is a perfect idea. I might just pick up a few of those pumpkins (I already have a huge collection of ribbons) and make them for some very special little trick or treaters.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. Very cute! The tassel makes the pumpkin look even more decorative.

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  9. How cute! My nieces' children would love them!

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  10. Oh my, this is one of the cutest ideas I've seen in a while...love it ;)

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  11. So cute, Lynn. I'm sending this idea over to my daughter. She will love it!

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  12. What a neat project! Great tip for keeping the ribbons round in storage also. You come up with the neatest ideas!

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  13. I'm going to make one with Andy (grandson). Awesome! Sandie

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  14. Super Cute! I've seen Christmas tassels, but not Halloween ones....those are precious!

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  15. OMGoodness this is too,too, dawg gone precious.Love this pumpkin head tassle.
    I know Earl has got to be taking a back stage to all the Fall stuff,but I miss cooking with him and the celebrity's.
    But I sure am loving this tassle.
    would make a great door decor.
    ~JO

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  16. How cute! You are so creative!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

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  17. That is such a great idea. I know my daughter and her friends would love it. Makes me get the tassel making urge in a big way.
    Lisa

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  18. super cute always looking for craft ideas to do with my toddler

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  19. This little guy is just adorable. Fun project for fall.

    Ann

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  20. Love this idea!! So cute! my girls would love making these. Putting it on my to do list. Thanks!!

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  21. Hi Lynn,
    cute idea. Although I thought you carve for halloween a pig's face from the pumpkin, this little treat container looks nice, too. And what a great idea to fix it on the candle holder. Looks so nice and is perfect for Halloween. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  22. OMG! I love this idea! I always see these little plastic (and larger) pumpkins in thrift stores and on clearance everywhere after Halloween, cheap...cheap,cheap! You have shown us all a wonderful way to revamp them for adorable decor! I am thinking a whole tree full of them. LOL! I am definitely pinning this one under my DIY crafts. Soooo cute!

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  23. Wow, that is adorable! You are one clever lady and I always love your great ideas!!!

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  24. Very very cute! my girls would enjoy this! Can't wait for Halloween!!
    mary

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  25. Lynn! This is SO cute. What a great job you did on ths tassle. Love it!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  26. i LOVE this...what a FUN thing to do....

    i can try it with my neice...

    always enjoy my visit here

    kary and teddy
    xx

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  27. This is too, too cute!!! I want to make one!!!!!

    I wonder if I could make one out of Pez heads? :/

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  28. This tassel look really cute, Lynn. Thanks for the tutorial...Christine

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  29. That is so cute, and looks easy enough for a child (or for me) to do. Thanks for sharing how you did it. laurie

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  30. I'm really glad you did this. I've seen all the tassles and I had no idea how they did that with the ribbon. I might have to actually try making one! Thanks!

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  31. I agree with Sue! I am thrilled to know how to make those darn little tassles that I absolutely adore (and that they want a ton of money for)!!!!! So, so cute. I am definitely making one. You are fantastic!

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  32. I LOVE these! You did a beautiful job and the tutorial is a good one. Thanks so much. Forget the kids, let me at them!

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  33. You really prettied up that pumpkin! I love tassels too! What a cute idea!
    I wonder if you could put an LED light in the pumpkin so it would glow!
    Happy Fall!
    xo Yvonne

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  34. I like this idea a lot! It would look great with papier mache containers, too.

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  35. This is so cute! I wish I would've seen it before I bought different supplies to make a wreath. It looks like in your first picture that it's attached to a wreath. Am I right? So cute!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. It was VERY easy to puree the pumpkin, and wouldn't have been so time consuming if I would've stuck with the smaller pumpkins and not tried to attack the big one :). Let me know how it goes!

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  36. That is so cute! I had a box of those candle cups and I got rid of them when we moved. Who knew tassels would become so popular! Great way to use up bits and pieces of trim and ribbon too!

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  37. You are going to make me run out to the garage and dig all those little treat pales out of my donation pile for Goodwill now. That is adorable!

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  38. Hi Lynn!

    This is such a fun project. Jordan and Ashlee helped me drag down the fall and Halloween boxes from the attic.

    I'm ready to decorate of Halloween!

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  39. Halloween is a perfect idea. I might just pick up a few of those pumpkins (I already have a huge collection of ribbons) and make them for some very special little trick.

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  40. So fun. Hope you'll link to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  41. Oh, how cute! Great idea! I'm so glad you linked these to my pumpkin challenge. :)

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  42. I love this idea, there are so many different ways to mix it up and make it your own. I think I might have everything on hand to do this too! Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. This is absolutely darling. Thanks for linking it up to my Terrorific Tuesday blog hop!

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  44. What a really cute idea and a great and easy tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  45. So cute, you always have such cute ideas! Love how the beautiful the tassel looks.

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  46. Ooh, I am so excited about this! I love both the name of the party and the theme! Thank you for giving us the heads-up on this, I will be thinking of what to do.

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