Make your own DIY beaded tassel necklaces 2-ways. Use nylon cording to create these popular fashion statement necklaces at home! Add a beaded capped tassel to finish it off. For more tassel projects see my DIY Fashion page.
I’ve decided I am totally addicted to tassels! The Buddha-type tassel necklaces with wood beads are my favorite kind to make. The nice ones can be pretty pricey so I decided to make some of my own. Surprisingly, they really were pretty easy to make.
This is a two-part post, this is how to string the beads and then you need to know how to make the Capped Tassels with Beads. Follow that link and make your capped tassels and then come back here to put them altogether.
NOTE: I found there a couple of ways to make these necklaces. In this post I describe two different ways, with two different types of string.
I first tried the beaded wire necklace method. It came out a little wonky and did not hang naturally. I then tried making these necklaces with nylon string and they turned out great!
I added the bead wire instructions in case you want to try it out but the nylon string works best.
DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces
NYLON STRING BEADING METHOD
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Waxed coated nylon cording is perfect for this project. The wax makes the cording non-slip when tying off the ends. The knots stay tight at the end while you are adding the glue
WIRE BEADING STRING METHOD
- BEADALON 7-Strand bead stringing wire
- Crimping beads
- Flat smooth beading pliers
- Jump rings to add tassels
FOR BOTH NECKLACES
Waxed Nylon String Method (preferred method):
Cut a 4-5 foot section of nylon string and add a not in one end so the beads will not fall while adding them to the cording,
Add all of your beads. 40-60 beads per necklace.
End the necklace by tying the ends together with a double or triple knot and adding a dot of E6000 adhesive to keep the nylon string from unwinding.
Add your beaded tassel using a jump ring. You may need a large jump ring for it to fit between the beads. The supply list has a set with different sizes.
Beaded Wire Method:
Cut a long piece of beading wire, around 4-4.5 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 this video by Beadaholique.
Then add your tassel with a jump ring.
Y Shaped Necklace:
Cut a 4-5 foot piece of cording, 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 cording.
Then after the ten beads split the cording and add the rest of the beads to each end.
Tie it off with a triple knot and add a dot of glue to secure it.
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 and getting them even between each bead.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Everywhere I go, I get so many compliments on these DIY beaded tassel necklaces. I hope you will too when you make yours!