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Make Decorative Tassels with Large Wood Beads

How to DIY Furniture Tassels, which are sometimes called Key Tassels. You can personalize them to fit any decor style or room style. I especially love the large wood bead tassels that I’ve seen about, so once I figured out how to drill the balls of wood, I was tickled to discover just how easy it is to make these Decorative Tassels…now I just need more pieces of ‘tassel-able’ furniture!

We were so blessed 20 years ago when, after my grandma’s death, my grandpa sent us the dining room set that belonged to my grandparents.  While not necessarily my ‘taste’…I am thrilled to have furnishings in our home that have a ‘history’…a story to them.

My grandparents were products of the Depression; my grandpa never finished high school because he was needed on the family farm. He was a hard worker and over the years, he and my grandma built a very comfortable life. That said, it was ‘kinda a big deal’ when they invested in their dining room set many years ago.

Fast forward 60 years and this furniture resides in my dining room. It is much more formal than I am, so I’ve tried to ‘casual down’ the room with a jute rug and simple white linen chair covers and draperies.

The corner china cabinet is lovely, but I am forever ‘noodling’ ways to make it more ‘my style’.  I do have some plans that don’t involve painting the whole thing, but for the time being these DIY Decorative Tassels were a simple, fun and casual addition to the cabinet.

The cabinet has an old key that is used to open it, so I was looking to make a Key Tassel to hang from that key.

Supplies I Used to Make These Decorative Wood Bead Tassels

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Large Wood Bead Decorative Tassel on china cabinet

How To DIY Furniture Tassels

  • Drill 3/4″ holes in wooden beads. I found it easier to use the knobs as the flat surface is easier for the bore to drill into.
hand showing how to make decorative tassels
Two different types of wooden ball to DIY Furniture Tassels
  • For the knobs, I also needed to drill smaller holes for the hanger.
  • I drilled about 1″ deep.
    drilled holes in wooden balls
  • With the wood balls drilled, it was time to add the ‘tassely’ stuff. I made my decorative tassels out of both jute and cotton rope. I untwisted and separated the rope…for the jute, I was able to pull individual strands.  For cotton, I used several strands.
    Pulling threads from jute rope for decorative tassel
  • I pulled off enough threads to make sure that these furniture tassels looked full enough.
Decorative Jute Tassel
  • I trimmed the tassel to the desired length…too long and my wood bead tassels looked a little ‘jelly fish-ish’…not the look I was going for.
  • Then, I attached the beads to the transparent line in lengths similar to the length of the jute.
Mother of Pearl Beads for Wood Bead Tassel
  • I threaded what would be the tassel hanger through the top hole. For the tassel hanger, I separated the rope such that it was 2 plys.
    Hanger for Furniture Tassel
  • Then, I glued the transparent line with the shells on to the ball.  I found that this was the best way to keep the shells from getting swallowed up by the jute.
    Gluing small beads on Large Wood Bead
  • Once the glue was dry, I tied my bundle of jute onto the tassel with the long pieces from the hanger.
    Tying Jute into Decorative Tassel
  • Once I made sure all the shells were where I wanted them, I glued the whole thing in place.
    Gluing Jute in Wood Bead Tassel
Rope used for DIY Furniture tassel

That was the process for the jute DIY decorative tassels.  The only thing I did differently for the cotton tassels was that I used cotton rope instead of jute and some leftover trim instead of shells.

Cotton Rope and Trim for DIY Furniture Tassel

The armoire in our bedroom also has an old key that is used to open and close the door, so a key tassel was perfect here too.

Decorative Tassel with Large Wooden Bead

Once I figured out how to get the hole I needed in the large wooden bead, the rest was very easy and fun. And since I did that figuring for you, get busy making those wood bead tassels! I mean, you have no excuses.

There are so many variations you could do to make these work for you. I have plans to do something a little less ‘natural’ for my daughter’s armoire…stay tuned.

Here’s a wee video to show you the process I used to DIY Furniture Tassels…

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So go forth and DIY your furniture tassels! I do believe that I read somewhere that you truly can not have too many tassels, did you read that too?

If you like DIY projects for your home, you might enjoy one of my all-time favorite projects, this Oyster Shell Mirror. It definitely has a ‘coastal’ feel to it with all the oyster shells, but it is not truly what I would consider ‘beach decor’.

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pin showing decorative tassels and how to make tassels
decorative tassel on china cabinet

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  1. These are wonderful, Lynn. My favorite thing is they are really pretty without the fuss of a traditional tassel. And who doesn’t love a fun easy project! Also, I can totally relate to having passed down furniture that may not be my style but I love it because it reminds me of family.

  2. Thanks for posting a picture of your corner china cabinet. My mother had one that was identical; she sold it when my parents downsized. I would have taken it, but I did not have the room. I will always remember it. Thanks again. Kathy

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