DETAILS: nanette lapore swimsuit || urban outfitter sunglasses || necklaces made by me (tutorial below)

Next week Philip and I are jet setting off on a tropical vacation. I’ve been sewing like a mad woman, making a few new pieces to wear while we’re there, but in the midst of all my sewing I realized I didn’t have any good jewelry for the trip. I have tons of jewelry, but I wanted something more appropriate for the laid-back, beachy feel of the vacation.

Then I saw Julia, of Gal Meets Glam, wearing some pretty tassel necklaces on her recent beach vacations and fell in love with them. The only problems were that I didn’t know where she purchased them, and I wanted them in every color. So of course I just DIY’d them. Then I had the idea to make them interchangeable, and with the help of a little lobster clasp I now had one in every color without having to make eight different necklaces. I absolutely love how these turned out and can’t wait to wear them next week!

Click through for the super easy instructions!

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Embroidery Thread (large pack with a ton of different colors purchased for $5 at Jo-Ann’s)
  • Wooden Beads
  • Mini Lobster Clasps (purchase in the jewelry section of any craft store)
  • Wooden Bead Necklace (you can make your own wooden bead necklace if you want, but I bought this at Jo-Ann’s for $2 in the jewelry section)
  • Scissors
Step 1. Use your embroidery thread to create small tassels about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. (tassel instructions here). Make sure you leave two strings at the top of the tassel for hanging.
Step 2. Thread both hanging strings through a wooden bead (any size).

Step 3. Now separate the two hanging strings and thread one string through the lobster clasp.

Step 4. Take both strings and tie them together in a double knot, making the knot as low into the bead as you can so it’s semi-hidden.

Step 5. Clip your hanging strings.

Step 6. Use the lobster clasp to clip the tassel to the necklace. (You’ll have to spread the beads apart slightly to access the necklace string).

Now repeat to make as many tassels as you want, and then interchange the colors depending on your outfit!


  1. Rhea says:

    This is so pretty and can be used that on so many things! Would love to see a colorful bib necklace made out of that. 🙂

  2. Merrick! This is absolutely perfect! (I too fawened over Julia’s necklace and was trying to find something similar). I can’t wait to make these for an upcoming cruise vacation!

    Katie @ Style On Target

  3. Daveana says:

    These are so fun and colorful! You could also use a large sewing needle and thread the last to threads back down into the tassel!

  4. Kms says:

    Oh I’m definitely going to be making this! Great idea to make them interchangeable: less to pack on your trip too then! I’m going on a warm getaway in a few weeks too, would love to see some of your outfits for beach vacation!

    • Kms says:

      I’m attempting these tonight and struggling with getting the thread through the attachment bead and the lobster claw. Any tips? Thank you 🙂

      • Merrick says:

        Oh no! I didn’t have any trouble at all…but maybe put a little glue on the end of your string to make it easier to slide through without splaying??

  5. I love the tassels! I think multiple mini tassels all on one would be cute too!

  6. This is getting me excited for the spring and summer time. Thanks for another great DIY posts 🙂


  7. Jessica says:

    Hey, Merrick! I adore the D.I.Y and your blog! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! Click the link to my blog to check it out!

  8. Vanessa says:

    I just found your blog last night after trying sewing again for the first time in more than 15 years (when my sweet grandpa bought me a machine when I was a kid) I am so happy I found a blog with projects that are suitable for even a 31 year old 😉 i especially love this post, as I also swooned over Julia’s necklaces recently. Sounds like you’re capturing all sorts of different readers on here. Glad to have found you! xo Vanessa //

  9. I JUST finished my tassels and am wearing my new favorite necklace! I also used the smaller left-over colored beads and made a second color-blocked necklace to layer with it! Thanks for the great ideas and easy-to-follow tutorials.

  10. Suna says:

    I don’t think people realize that these are fashioned after mama beads which are NOT a fashion accessory. That is religious appropriation and it isn’t ok.

  11. Lauren Greenlee Morgan says:

    Do you find that the tassel gets tangled easily or looks messy after wearing it for a while? I’ve been a little hesitant to buy/make a tassel necklace that is not made out of leather because of this. Thanks for the great tutorials!

  12. Tassels are my new obsession. I love that these are interchangeable and I love the added bead. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow! What a brilliant idea!

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