I found a bunch of cute salt and pepper shakers at a tag sale recently. What better use for them than tassels?
I ran to the trim department of Jo-Ann's where I spent an inordinate amount of time choosing among the various fringes - and boy, do they have a ton! In addition, I picked up some larger spools of threads on sale.
I had some crochet thread and wire in my stash. I made a loop in the wire and pushed the unlooped end through a hole in the top of my shaker and out the cork hole bottom. I tied my thread onto the loop and pulled it through.
At the top of the shaker I put the thread through a large bead and two smaller beads, in that order. I pushed the end of the tread back through the hole in the large bead and leaving a loop, tied the thread several times to form a large knot that would not pull back through the hole in the bigger bead.
Using my wire with the looped end, I put the second end of the crochet thread through another hole in the shaker and out the cork hole. Both threads were guided through the spool and individually into holes in a button. Actually, you want to glue the fringe to the spool before assembly, but I thought it would be clearer if I showed the construction this way. Do as I say, not as I do.
Glue 1/4 yard of fringe around the perimeter of the bottom of the spool with hot glue. It will go around the spool twice. Glue a contrasting fringe around the middle of the spool. Add another trim to the top. I elected to fold the top of the upper trim and glue it to the top of the spool as the shaker's base was smaller then the circumference of the spool. You can paint the top of the spool or glue decorative paper to disguise it instead.
When all is assembled, pull the crochet thread snuggly and using a square knot, tie the all of your elements together.
Hang your shaker//tassel from the knob on your fancy mahogany chifferobe or the dresser you just bought at Ikea. It'll glam up the joint.
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