Beaded tassel bookmarks...
Made from big, plain zip ties!
These thingies are fun, functional and cute! Cheaper than cheap! A five minute craft! And best of all, no special tools or skills needed. Gather scissors, a bead and some skinny string:
And let's begin. Cut a few lengths of string, about 16 inches long.
(ziphole, n. The technical term I just made up, for the hole in the zip tie. I feel I shall use it often. "Hey, you on the cellphone! Shut yer ziphole!")
If your string is too thick to pass through, poke something pointy into the ziphole. Wiggle it around a bit to widen the opening.
How many times can I say the word ziphole in one post? I'm going for the record!
Thread the ends through your bead, and spread the tails apart.
Lay the rest of the strings between the two tails, like so:
Tie the original tails together around the extra strings.
Gather all the strings in a bunch, and make an overhand knot, as close to the bead as possible.
Give a really good tug to each string individually, for the tightest, neatest knot. Tug it like you mean it!
Give your tassel a trim to any desired length...
Try mixing fibers, for a multicolored tassel:
Fuctional Tip: use a lightweight bead. I road-tested a version with a heavier bead, but it tended to fall forward out of my book when I opened it. Acrylic or plastic beads are ideal: they can be big and interesting without adding weight. A hollow metal bead also works well.
Just a few reasons I love these bookmarks:
So easy, so cheap.
Use up random orphan beads.
Make tons of them as little gifts or stocking stuffers.
Include one as a handmade addition to a gifted book.
A great tween craft.
Use a macho bead (like a skull, mebbe?) and voila, it's a guy gift.
Add your ideas below!
Okie dokie! Shutting my ziphole and signing off. Thanks for coming to hang out with me, you guys!
Final ziphole count: 6
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