DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces

How to make your own DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces three different ways. Plus how to make a capped tassel.

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I’ve decided I am totally addicted to tassels! The Buddha type tassel necklaces are my favs, but man they are hard to find in the stores. So, I decided to make some of my own and surprisingly they really are easy to make. This is a two part post, I also wrote how to make Capped Tassels w/Beads, please see the link for a more detailed explanation on how to create them. I found there are multiple ways to make these necklaces. I describe two different ways, with two different types of string. Here’s what I did~

DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces

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There are lots of ways to make these types of necklaces. The first way I made the necklace is with beading wire, this is my usual way of making necklaces and bracelets. So I thought I would try that first. Cut a long piece of beading wire, around 3-4 ft. Start with a crimped bead on one end, then a small bead and then add your larger beads in various patterns.

When you end the necklace, the end will be in the front where you attach the tassel instead of the normal back of the neck area. For more details on how to crimp and finish a beaded wire necklace or bracelet see my Bracelet Styling & Restyling post with pics and videos. Then add your tassel with a jump ring.

Although I liked the feel of the necklace, I found making them with the bead wire made the beads, when you tighten the wire to crimp it, crammed together and they hung really wonky on your neck.

Not flat and smooth like it should be. The holes in the beads were made uneven, especially where the wood ones were concerned.

String a Tassel Neckalce

Next I made a few with the nylon string, this made the necklace hang more naturally {for example the brown beaded necklace with the green tassel}, with less stress when tightened before finishing.

Tie a beaded necklace

End the necklace by knotting the end of the string and adding a dot of E6000 adhesive to keep the nylon string from unwinding. The weight of the beads are pretty heavy. Perhaps a waxed type string may work better for strength in the long run, I will be researching for future reference.

Although, I feel the strength of the bead wire was better in the long run. It just depends on which beads you use and how well the holes were made in the bead itself.

The real way to make the Buddha prayer beads would be to add a knot between each bead as you go. Although I love the way that looks, I really do not have the patience to make that many knots. Ha!

I hope you enjoyed this post! These necklaces are a work in progress for me! Everywhere I go I get so many compliments on them! Check back, I will be making more for this post!

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30 thoughts on “DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces

  1. Lauren Nickles says:

    Hi! I love these necklaces and your tutorial is super helpful. Where do you find your decorative beads head the tassels? I’m having a hard time finding cute ones😉

    Thanks,
    Lauren

    1. I found some at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Beads are sold seasonal and by trends so they change all the time. You could also try a store in your area that sells only beads. You can buy them in singles and find unique beads that way. Glad you like my necklaces!
      Kim

  2. Hi I love these necklaces and wanted to try and recreate the one with the monogram. I was just wondering if you know where you got yours or if you could direct me to a place that sells similar ones.

    1. Try Etsy.com for them as well. They are monogram pins but they have a loop for necklaces on back too.
      Kim

  3. These are gorgeous!!! I was just wondering how you make the black tassel with the braid around?

    1. That tassel is one I already owned. You could try Etsy.com for the tassels if you do not want to make them yourself.
      Kim

  4. Elizabeth Moody says:

    Hello,
    I absolutely love the shape of the pink-tassel necklace. How were you able to get the beads to branch out into the “Y” shape from the original part of the necklace, and then how did you finish it off?
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

    1. Hi Elizabeth, For the Y shape you first cut a long piece of wire/string, add a jump ring to the center and fold the string in half. Feed your first 10 or so beads through both ends of the wire/string. Then after the ten beads split the wire/string and add the rest of the beads to each end. Tie it off with a triple knot and add a dot of glue or end with seed beads and attach ends together instead of adding a clasp, unless you want a clasp, than ad one. I hope that helps! Good luck Glad you liked my necklaces!
      Kim

  5. Dale Hunsberger says:

    I so love these!!!! And my daughter will too!

  6. Love these. So on trend and perfect for Spring. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight.

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous! We featured you at the Project Stash Link Party!

  8. So lovely!! Featured these at Show & Share today, thanks for linking them up last week!

  9. These are really cute and so unique! I love that it would be so easy to create a whole collection to match just about anything. Thanks so much for linking up at the This Is How We Roll Thursday party.

  10. These are so cute – I love the bright colours. I have made a few pieces of jewellery with tassels but I am never fully happy with the tassels so I’m going to head over to your tutorial on that next.

  11. SUPER cute!! Thanks so much for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!
    I’m off to pin these beauties 🙂

  12. Love love love these!! Can you open an etsy store so I just just buy them from you! 😉

    1. Ha! I am actually toying with that idea! It just takes so much time to make each one… I’ll let you know if I do! Thanks so much! Glad you liked them!
      Kim

  13. These tassel necklaces are amazing! I love the vibrant colors and the variety in beads! Absolutely gorgeous! Pinning right now. I’d love for you to share these at my Creative Ways Link Party. It just went live at 8pm tonight. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  14. I love these tassel necklaces. I think they are beautiful and gives any outfit that little extra. I am stopping by from the Retro Re-pin Pinterest Party I pinned this and the tassel tutorial from your board. Thank you for sharing!
    /Charlotte – My Green Nook

    1. Thanks for stopping by Charlotte! Glad you liked my necklaces. Thanks for pinning!
      Kim

  15. I’ve recently became obsessed with tassels too! I’ve been looking for the perfect ones in stores and can’t find just what I’m looking for and you hit the head on the nail!

    1. I’m glad you found my tassels! I made mini ones today for another tassel post coming up! So my obsession continues, lol. Thanks for stopping by!
      Kim

  16. Hello! I haven’t done a tassel yet and now I really want to make one! I tried to make a tassels for a party made out of raffia but it was trickier than I thought 😉
    Sharing your tutorial!
    Cheers,
    Ursula

  17. I love these necklaces!! The one with the monogram is perfection on a string! Beautiful 🙂

  18. These are stunning! I would actually make these, thanks for the tutorial!

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