How To Make a Ribbon Key Tassel

While I am still working on the creative wall in my studioffice this week, I thought I would show you a little detail that I made for the armoire in the room. It is a ribbon tassel for the key that I need to open and close the doors.  It is so old-fashioned – I love that part of it.

I only have one key and can’t lose it. I have always tied something onto this key so if I do lay it down someplace beside the keyhole, it is easy to spot.

I made this one using ribbon, scraps of pom-pom trim, embroidery floss, a bead, and some buttons.


Since my new color scheme in the room is more pink and green, I am replacing the purple tassel that used to hang from the key. I love this little tassel and will add it to a key on my bedroom desk.

It easy to make as it is nothing more than a 6-inch piece of two-tone purple trim rolled up and hot glued around a twisted cord.  I clipped a vintage clip-on earring to the top for extra embellishment.

Supplies needed to make a tassel

How to Make a Ribbon Key Tassel

supplies needed:

  • 3 spools of ribbon
  • Cardboard square 4 1/2-inches high
  • 3-inch scraps of pom-pom trim in various colors
  • Embroidery floss in 3 colors
  • Bead with a large hole.
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Point-nose pliers

1. Hold the ends of the 3 ribbons together and wrap around the cardboard.  Leave  and cut about 12-inches of ribbon to tie the tassel together.

How to make a ribbon tassel

2.  Wedge the 12” pieces of ribbon under the wound ribbon at the top of the cardboard and tie into a tight and secure knot.

How to make a tassel

3.  Cut the bottom loops open. If you like looped tassels – skip this step.

How to make a ribbon tassel

4.  It will look like this. Flip the knot to the underside of the tassel.

Tassel ideas

5.  Use embroidery floss to tightly wind the top of the tassel together. Tie ends into a  knot.

How to make a tassel

How To Make Twisted Cord

1.  Cut 3 colors of embroidery floss to 18-inches, knot one end together and tack onto a board.  Begin twisting the opposite end of the floss in the same direction until the entire length is twisted. Make sure to give it a few extra twists.

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2.  To get it to twist back onto itself to make twisted cord, place a finger at the halfway mark on the twisted floss, and then fold the bottom length over the top. 

The twisted floss will automatically wind up on itself. If you don’t like how it twisted –pull the bottom back – re-twist a bit and then let it go again. 

I had to do this a few times until I liked how it twisted.  You can use your fingers to coax it into shape.

Tassel making ideas

3. Once you make your cord, tape the ends tightly with tape and cut tape into points. This will make it easier to thread through the bead and button.  Thread both ends through the bead and buttons.

Tassel making ideas

4.  If your button holes are small – use a pair of wire cutters to make the two holes into one. I placed the tips of the wire cutters into each hole and kept squeezing them closed.

I repeated the process on the back side of the button until I had one large hole. It only took a few seconds since it was a plastic button.

How to make a tassel

5.  Thread one end through tassel top.  Use the pointy end of scissors, an awl, or pliers to help you push it through.

How to make a decorative tassel

5. Tie ends into a knot and push the knot into the tassel body.

How to make a decorative tassel

6. Move the bead and buttons down the cord so they sit on top of the tassel.

How to make a decorative tassel for a key

7.  Tightly wind the pom pom trim around the top of the tassel and use a thin dab of hot glue to secure. Repeat process with other colors of trim.  Just remember to wrap tightly and use a thin dab of glue – you don’t want to add too much bulk. 

I added 3 layers of color trim. This made the top of my tassel wider than the pink button that was at the top.

I didn’t like the way it looked so I took the tassel apart and added another larger button. You will see it in the completed tassel photos.

Trim the bottom of the ribbon evenly across with a pair of scissors.

How to embellish a tassel

All done.

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  1. How much ribbon gets wrapped around the cardboard?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sherry – It depends on how fluffy you would like the tassel to look. I used 3 different colors of ribbon, so I used 3 full spools of ribbon minus one cut piece to tie around the top to secure the ribbons. I think each spool had 3 yards of ribbon on it. So figure 9 yards. You may want more or less depending on the type of ribbon and size tassel.

  2. Diane! I can believe it! i have been a follower of your blog for quite some time now, (I LOVE IT!) . I have also been searching for a tassel tutorial, just like this one, forever! How is it that I could have missed it?! I was on Pinterest and happened to see this gorgeous tassel and when I saw that it was from your blog, I nearly flipped out! I hurriedly clicked on it and here I am, right back with you and your fabulous tutorial. If that isn’t serendipity I don’t know what is!
    Have a terrific Tuesday!

  3. Thank u ….love it amazing

  4. Look At This says:

    Thanks regarding furnishing these amazing data.

  5. Thank you Diane! I have been searching the internet for hours for a decent tutorial. I gave up and came back and tried again. So happy to find your tutorial. Easy to follow and some great tips. Great job. I can’t wait to start! I am Pinning this as well.

  6. i wantwd to try but i dnt knw where these items will i get in chennai

  7. Linda - New England Fine Living says:

    Who doesn’t love a reason to buy pretty ribbon! You must look at your key tassel each time you enter your office and smile.

  8. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    I love the idea of a key tassel!! Bravo :)
    We were featured together over at the Project Queen and I just had to come check out this great idea <3

  9. Great idea and beautiful things!Thank you!

  10. Like it a lot!! I pinned it to make sure I can find it back when I come around to it. Thanks for sharing! :-))

  11. I love tassels and I especially love the one you made. The colors you picked are such a wonderful combo!

  12. LOVE the tassel!!!! Thanks for showing us how to make one! I would love for you to share it at my party going on now at Jillify It!

    I’m a new follower!


  13. Diane, I’ve always wanted to make one of these, but wasn’t sure exactly how. Thanks so much! Pinning!

  14. Hi, Diane

    I love it. Just so easy and great way to add a little extra to home decor. Thanks for sharing.


  15. This is really cute, and I can totally see where I could apply some of these ideas/techniques to my jewelry design!

  16. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh, I am so excited to get these wonderful instructions from you!!! Jumping up and down….. well did once or twice till it hurt too much (grin). I want to ask you what you think about using this for a ceiling fan pull cord? I guess the embroidery floss won’t be long enough, but I am thinking…. help? Here in Florida, we can not make it without ceiling fans and I am so hoping to add one to my tiny, cluttered office sometime in the next year or so. I already bought some kind of drapery pull beaded thingy from Walmart… and managed to get it hooked to that awful ball chain thingy. I must have better than that ball chain, but no money at all to spend, so thinking, but I don’t get to go window shopping any longer either. So again, HELP?

    You are so sweet to give us all this information, ideas and ‘how to do it’s’.

  17. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I love tassels and they can be so expensive. You have given us a very good tutorial on how to make. One I plan to try. Thanks again for sharing your creativity.

  18. This is wonderful!!! I have wanted to try making a tassle for awhile but didn’t know how to begin. They can be so expensive when you buy them ready made. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for all the wonderful things you share with us.

  19. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, Diane! With your clear instructions, I think I could make something similar. Love the pretty colors!

  20. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Very pretty, Diane! I love the colors and the trims you chose!

  21. Amanda @ Burlap & Denim says:

    Fun colors! Thanks for linking up!