DIY Tassel Sandals

We’ve got a tassel obsession. Put them on anything and well, we’re sold. Isabel Marant, Jimmy Choo and MSGM are just a few of the designers that have been enticing us with their tassel embellished sandals season after season. But it wasn’t until we saw Ulla Johnson’s Luz heels, with colorful tassels hanging from ankle straps, that wooed us and eventually inspired us to make our collection of ombré tassels. Slide them on and off different strappy heels to make them the ultimate, interchangeable accessory!

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You’ll need:

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The first step is to decide the order of colors. I discovered an Etsy vendor who conveniently sells an 8 pack of 5×5 ultra suede fabric pieces in complimentary shades. I choose a beautiful pink and blush ombré, of course. The tassels measure from shortest to longest: 1 3/4″x 5″, 2 1/4″ x 5″, 2 3/4″ x 5″, and 3″ x 5″. Cut each piece accordingly.

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Line up a ruler along the fabric lengthwise, leaving a 1/2″ border. Draw a light line. And repeat on the rest of the pieces of suede.

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Use fabric shears to cut thin strips (approx 1/8″), stopping at the line each time. Set aside a repeat with the remaining rectangular pieces of ultra suede.

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With the extra ultra suede, cut 1/4″ x 2″ pieces (2 of each color). Use the fabric glue and dab a small amount of glue to the tip of each thin strip.

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Bring the other end to close the loop. Place the loop on top of the line side of the fringe. Put a dab of glue on the bottom of the loop and start to tightly roll the fringe.

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Once you’ve reached the end of the fringe, dab a small amount of glue at the end of the top of the fringe to seal the tassel.

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Allow your tassels to dry for a few hours before sliding them onto the straps of your sandals.

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Fini!

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(images by HonestlyWTF; Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Pan; Chloé Marcie handbag in Blush)

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  1. glamdevils wrote:

    Wow the heels look much better now. Awesome diy idea 😀

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

    3.23.15
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  2. Namrata wrote:

    You guys, this looks gorgeous! Also love the pastel tones.
    Namrata
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.com

    3.23.15
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  4. Genius! Awesome idea and the implementation is impeccable!
    Love your simple DIYs. 🙂

    3.23.15
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  5. Love this idea, loving tassles are the moment !

    With love, Hayley ♥

    http://thelifestylemenu.co.uk/

    3.23.15
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  6. Michelle wrote:

    Wow, this looks amazing! Very elegant but also in style at the moment.

    3.23.15
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  7. A great idea to update your best shoes for this season…..
    xoxo
    Yael Guetta

    http://www.ftwwl.com

    3.23.15
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  8. YES! These are amazing!

    3.23.15
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  9. Denisa wrote:

    Haha, that is great idea. xa
    http://www.fashiondenis.com

    3.23.15
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  10. Now this is what I call a fabulous, glamorous DIY. My problem will be not doing this to every single pair of sandals I own.

    Accidental Icon
    http://www.accidentalicon.com

    3.23.15
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  11. mun wrote:

    So pretty 🙂 Great for bags and other accessories too!

    3.23.15
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  12. Motte wrote:

    This is such a wonderful idea! I love that the tassels aren’t fixed into place which means they are interchangeable, but can also be used elsewhere, great idea! And the colors are simply perfect for spring, I cannot wait for that sunshine!
    x Motte
    http://mottesblog.blogspot.com/

    3.23.15
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  13. Anna wrote:

    these look super gorgeous 🙂

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

    3.23.15
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  14. This is the best thing I have seen for a very long time. So incredibly clever and something I actually want to try for myself. Thank you!!!

    Megan || http://www.ohheyblog.com

    3.23.15
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  15. Kayla D wrote:

    These are so cute! I absolutely love them! The tassels add a fun, unexpected touch! Can’t wait to try it out!

    xx,
    Kayla
    Eat Play Dress

    3.23.15
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  16. Prudence Yeo wrote:

    I am not very good with handicraft but these tassels are so pretty that I am so tempted to make them! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    3.23.15
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  17. I love this! you always have the best DIYs!

    3.24.15
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  18. Charlotte wrote:

    Love this idea!
    xx
    Charlotte
    fashionhappens.be

    3.24.15
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  19. Emily wrote:

    Those are honestly the cutest heels that I have ever seen. I have never thought of doing, but now I really want to buy some nude heels like those and do this ASAP!

    Xo,
    Emily | EMBUR.

    3.24.15
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  20. Michele Taylor wrote:

    Another great DIY project, love these. One question, do you think a bead or rondel would look good just
    above the circular wrap part on the hanger for the tassel, or will it crease or bang the foot too much?
    Thank you, I enjoy your site so very much. I made those sparkling sneakers that were on Martha Stewarts
    way back when, everyone loved those.

    3.24.15
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  21. Paula wrote:

    These. Are. AWESOME.
    I’m gutted because I just sold off a pair of turquoise sandals that would have rocked this look so hard! Never mind, will have to go shopping.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

    3.28.15
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  22. Lauren wrote:

    omg I want to put tassels on everything now!!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

    3.29.15
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  23. Jennifer wrote:

    Great tutorial! Here’s another one for DIY shoes bow:
    http://www.fabdiy.com/diy-handmade-shoes-bow/

    4.7.15
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  24. virginia wrote:

    super cute tassels! I would love some in black and white in wool! would they get ruined since they’re a different fabric? cool post!

    Virginia
    http://www.saltandbleach.com/

    5.11.15
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  25. Mila wrote:
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  26. So pretty…
    thegildedlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  27. Zen wrote:

    I actually prefer the DIY to the original pair 🙂 Need to do some shoe DIYS on hapinesswherever.wordpress.com

    8.6.15
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  28. Nice blog! I love to visit it again and again. Appreciate your posts! Thank you!

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  29. Belen wrote:

    What camera was used here?

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  30. This is SUCH a cute DIY! I just featured it along with a few other creative ideas in a post over on my blog. Thank you so much for coming up with it!

    http://www.lipstainandlegos.com/22-shoe-refashions-for-2017/

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