Never Underestimate the Craftiness

Note: This post was originally published in December, but is now linked up at The Nester’s tassel party.  Head over there to get more tassel ideas!

If you are my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law Jen, or my aunt Polly, stop reading now.

Unless you like to see part of your Christmas present before Christmas.

If you do look, still pretend to be surprised on Christmas, ok?

If you are not any of the above-mentioned people, read on.

The Nester inspired me to try my hand at tassels for part of my Christmas gifts. I like to keep bits of pretty ribbon around and I have tons of ornament-like items for toppers, so the only thing I had to buy were the wooden candle cups that form the base of the tassel. The blue and gold one is for my Aunt Polly. I hope she likes it, or at least doesn’t hate it. But she lives in South Carolina, so if she takes it to Goodwill or sells it at a garage sale for 10 cents or regifts it to a tacky person, I will be none the wiser and my feelings will not be hurt.
This one is for my mother-in-law. Ironically, or perhaps just appropriately, or perhaps just betraying my magpie tendencies, I believe all the ribbon I used in this tassel was originally part of presents my mother-in-law gave me. So I know she likes it.
This one is for my sister-in-law Jen. I like that some of the ribbon is pleated. It’s a very cool effect.
I’m not sure about this one with the star. I think it looks kind of like Christmas-at-the-beach-house or something. I like the peach ribbon, and I think my mom would like the colors, but I don’t know if she would think the tassel itself was too fussy. So if Mom wants it, it’s for her. If she doesn’t, I don’t know who it’s for. If you find this in your present next year, you will say to yourself, “Oh, Catherine’s mom must not have liked this.” You will be tempted to feel bad that I gave you a picked over gift, but instead you should think of all the blisters on my fingers from glue gun burns sustained in making this tassel and feel loved.

10 thoughts on “Never Underestimate the Craftiness

    1. I hope so! The berries are on picks, you can get them on clearance after Christmas for like 10 cents and the pick part sticks right down inside the candle cup. I think they work pretty well as toppers. My mom did like the star, or so she told me. 🙂

  1. Your tassels are beautiful! I’ve never tried using a candle cup, although I’ve read about making tassels that way. Yours turned out really well, so I might have to try that!

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