DIY Leather Tassels

By Kate Riley February 24, 2016

I had planned to do this project over the holidays but ran out of time during the busy season so I returned to it this week. Leather tassels are a chic little accents with a variety of fashion or craft uses. My plan was to attach them to gifts for women friends and family but now I have a stash of them so I can do so in the future. They’re a simple DIY project anyone can do as long as you have the right supplies.

 diy leather tassels


Use a DIY leather tassel to accent a favorite handbag, clutch, or backpack.

 diy leather purse tassels

 leather purse tassels

Upgrade a key ring.

 tassel key ring

Or use them for gift toppers.

 diy leather tassel gift topper

 diy tassel gift topper

There are a lot of possibilities, make them into a fab necklace or use a long chain of tassels strung together as a garland.

diy colorful leather tassels

 colorful leather tassels

Making leather tassels is rather simple, all you need is leather cord from a craft store, metal caps, jump rings, lobster clasps (optional), scissors and hot glue (not shown).

 leather tassel supplies

The one item I had to special order were the brass caps, I ordered these on Etsy. To make fatter tassels look for caps that are larger.

metal caps

Loop the leather cord back and forth to create the strands then twist the top ends tightly together and insert into metal cap filled with hot glue. (I filled my caps only about one third full of glue.)

 loop leather

Add a bendable jump ring so you can attach it to anything, you can also add a lobster clasp so it’s easy to hook onto a key ring or purse. Cut the ends of the bottom loops with scissors to create the tassel fringe.

 add ring

leather tassel lobster clasp

leather tassel diy

That’s all there is to it, happy crafting!

 leather tassels diy




  1. Firstly I have not been on your blog in awhile and I am sure it has been revamped so well done with that as it looks great. As always your making something pretty. I like it.

  2. Wow, these are super cute and look easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m always looking for cute ideas that I can make and hand out to my friends as gifts.

  3. What a great idea and they look so simple to do. Makes me think of the tassels my Grandmother had on her curtain ties. I still have a pair of those curtains stored away somewhere around here. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sorry, need to know how much cord and what length is good, complete beginner, so need to know all these things for future use. Thank you

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