DIY Tassel Bag Charm

Honestly, who doesn’t love tassels?! We adore them hanging from handbags, shoes, jewelry, and just about anything. So when we discovered that super soft, pre-cut leather fringe was so readily available to ship, we immediately whipped up a handful of danglers for our barren bags. After all, more is more is more! And of course you can make tassels using old fashioned method, but if you’re ever short on time this is a speedy and easy shortcut.

You’ll need:

The leather fringe from Tandy Leather comes in a 36″ strip. Divide the strip into four 8-9″ pieces to create 4 tassels.

From one of the fringe pieces, cut off a single fringe. Cut an inch or so off the top. Place a small drop of tacky glue in the upper right corner of the inside of the fringe piece.

Place the longer strip on top of the glue and another drop of glue on top of that. Fold the leather strip over to create a loop. Allow to dry for a couple of minutes.

Now start rolling around the loop tightly. Place a very small strip of glue along the top of the fringe and continue to roll.

Finish the wrap with a small amount of glue at the very end. Wrap a rubber band around the top of the tassel until it completely finishes drying. Don’t worry if any of the glue seeps out as it will eventually dry clear.

Thread the tassel, or tassels, onto a few inches of ball chain and add the connector to secure it.

We dare you to make just one!

(3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli here; Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch similar here; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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73 Comments

  1. EmerJa wrote:

    Really love the idea!!:)

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  2. Xeana wrote:
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  3. Mira wrote:

    That´s an awesome idea. Gives the bag that special touch!!!!
    Love the first pic with the stylish polka dots pants 😀
    xo

    glamDevils

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  4. V. wrote:

    Great DIY. My latest post is also about tassel DIYs 😀

    New post on SEARCH IN FASHION – Top 5 weekly picks: Tassel DIY

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  5. I love it!! it’s so easy to make it!!

    http://thestelstyle.com/

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  6. rachael wrote:

    i just need to find some leather fringe.. i guess.. haha

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  7. Tabetha wrote:
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  8. looks great!!! I love tassels

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  9. It’s a great finishing touch.
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  10. LOVE THIS! Thanks!

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  11. Candy wrote:

    Love this DIY guys! Too cute!

    xoxo
    Candy
    http://www.tayloranddemolish.com

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  12. Votre Amie wrote:

    AH! I love the Philip Lim bag – The tassels really add charm! You amaze me with the DIY easy peasy ideas!! They’re genius!
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

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  13. These are fantastic! LOVE.

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  14. Love this DIY! A tassel just adds that little something extra!

    My jewelry blog: joliejouel.blogspot.com

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  15. ohbygolly wrote:

    Nice! Would have never thought to add my own tassels. But I would have never thought that I would admit to liking “tassels” either. 😉
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  16. Nomadic D wrote:

    Wow. So easy it almost feels like cheating. Almost.

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  17. Great DIY, definitely a must try for me! 🙂

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  18. This one enters the category ‘how I never thought of this before?’

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  19. Momita_DIY wrote:

    Great diy!!!

    Momita DIY

    http://momitablog.wordpress.com

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  20. Suus wrote:

    Nice idea 🙂

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  21. dorylyn wrote:

    so dang crafty!

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  22. Carol wrote:

    I loved it!!!
    I´m posting looks from L.A. and fall accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

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  23. style-xyz wrote:

    this is so simple but really brilliant! 🙂

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  24. Afayah wrote:
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  25. Michelle wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE the DIY! I’ve been meaning to redo a tassel on a pair of old booties!

    Michelle
    http://www.michelleesque.com

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  26. cecilia wrote:

    excelente!!!

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  27. Jenny wrote:

    I really like the dress, I’m going to try to find something similar on Who Brain.
    http://www.whobrain.com/

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  28. rousmina wrote:

    wouow!! cool and easy!!

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  29. Olivia wrote:

    What isn’t there to love about fringe? I really want a keychain! Love the DIY

    go for the glam 

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  30. Amazing!!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!

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  31. Tanya wrote:

    So cute and so easy!

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  32. Vanessa wrote:

    Love it Darling !…a plethora of them will look amazing on my boots….more is more is more…haha

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  33. Rachel wrote:

    Love this idea – just tweeted it!

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  34. steph wrote:

    i made something similar the other day but i love your version more!

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  35. Namrata wrote:

    This looks like its easy to make, and tassels can be used for various things! Definitely going to try this soon! Have a look at my DIY on http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

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  36. julie wrote:

    I love this! I”m definitely making one or two!
    http://turquoisewildflower.blogspot.com

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  37. nicole wrote:

    I adore your diy!

    Lovely Idea

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  38. Wow, the perfect idea for my leather remnants! This will be my next DIY project!

    http://vanrolt.blogspot.com

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  39. Floortje wrote:

    Looks really nice!

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  40. Bex wrote:

    Love this! Really adds to the bags.

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  41. Honestly…Wee looove this and def gonna try this look!!! And your blog!! So now were following you 😉

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  42. Nadja wrote:

    very cool and so simple! have to try this to!

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  43. I love tiphis DiY!

    My daily style in http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  44. Pascale wrote:

    Une française qui adore vos créations et s’en inspire régulièrement pour sa boutique. Merci
    a french girl who loves your DIY and your style. Thank you so much for the ideas that I utilise for my shop in France. latelierdelola.com

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  45. Güler wrote:

    its great idea!

    my DIYs ———> http://www.facebook.com/doneGK

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  46. This is great! I need to make these tassels in team colors 🙂

    – Sara @ Gameday Stylist

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  47. Asta wrote:

    I’m definitely going to do this! It’s awesome, and looks quite easy.

    Asta 🙂

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  48. AnnaJKarl wrote:

    This is great guys. Keep rolling on

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  49. Fashion wrote:

    Great result, love this detail!

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  50. Chelsea wrote:

    Love this idea. I am definitely trying this!

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  51. Love this! Such a great piece to add to a bag.

    Collections

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  52. Nicole wrote:

    You are good at DIY:)

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  53. qianrui wrote:

    this is really cute 🙂
    http://mayotuna.blogspot.com

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  54. SaBrina wrote:

    You’re On! Love it!

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  55. Dovile wrote:

    Oh! So simple idea and great look !

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  57. Danielle wrote:

    Awesome, just ordered a bag loved the style but wished it was more jazzy, now it will be. Off to the craft shop to make it happen. Saw other diy’ers do the same but your way looks like “money”

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  58. Tana wrote:

    Love this! I made a leather tassel key chain using a different method, but loved yours so much that I included a link to it in my post for some other options.

    http://www.thetwistedhorn.com/2014/02/diy-leather-tassel-key-chain.html

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  59. IMAB wrote:

    love it, very contemporary

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  60. It’s amazing what you can do with leather. Well it’s also a bi-product so it is sustainable as well. What would we do without it. Great for fashion and furniture.

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  61. Fabelli wrote:

    Very innovative, love the style and the look. The tassels make the bag look entirely different, from ordinary to chic.

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  62. Mary wrote:

    Love these! Were do you get your leather from?

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