How To Make Your Own Tassel Paperclips

Here's my second post for the week, and I think I'm actually getting things back on track. Sure, I only published two posts last week, but it was a bit full on then with work. This week, however, looks like it'll be a lot better. I'm trying quickly to make sure I can have this published tonight. I have work tomorrow, so I need to be in bed by 10. I went to the city today because a Japanese woman visited my work yesterday as she wanted to see what deaf schools were like in Australia. Being deaf herself, she's taught children Japanese sign language for a number of years.

She was interested in learning Auslan, and I was also interested in learning JSL. She was only in Melbourne for a few days before heading to Sydney, so I suggested that we meet today for lunch and coffee. It turned out to be a great idea, as we both learned a lot and it was fun. I took Misato to a Korean restaurant, as she wasn't interested in Japanese or Chinese cuisine, and then we went for macarons at La Belle Miette, before moving over to the cafe next door for some coffee.

I'm so surprised that I didn't stop by Daiso or someplace else to buy more stationery, considering how crazy I've been lately. For some of you that may not have read my previous post, I've been planner-obsessed and so my willpower is rather weak when I look at washi, stickers, and printables.

However, because I'm on a tight budget, I need to make do with DIY projects instead of buying everything on my wishlist. A couple of months ago, I showed my readers how to make a ribbon page marker, and now I want to show everyone how to make their own tassel paper clips. It is really straightforward and simple to make, requiring no more than a few minutes for each paperclip. I love that something so cheap, and so simple, could turn out so cute. I've made a number of these already, and I plan (pun intended) on making more once I figure out where I put the rest of my yarn.

You can use any type of yarn that you have on hand or prefer. I like using acrylic so that I don't support the wool industry so much. Try to stick with yarn from a skein, not loose threads that have been scrunched up into a ball, or coiled into a tiny ball. The thread of yarn won't be as straight otherwise, and so will stick out at awkward angles on the paperclip. You can hold the clip over a steamy kettle so that the vapours make it easier to manipulate the strings but to be honest, that's more work than it's worth and can result in burns.

Materials required:
5cm (2") paperclips
A blunt pointy implement of some kind, like a hairpin.

1. Cut two lengths of yarn, each about 15-20cm long (6-12"), and set aside. Wind yarn around two of your fingers, close to your knuckles, as this results in a straighter hem on the tassel. Regular yarn should be wound about 12 times, whereas thinner ones like the multi-coloured skein in the picture should be wound about 24 times, otherwise it would look quite sparse.
2. Remove the yarn from your fingers carefully, and take one of the lengths you set aside. Wrap the length around the ring of yarn twice, before tying it tightly on the underside with a double knot. Leave the lengths hanging loose.
3. Thread the ring onto the paperclip, and make sure that the knot is hidden underneath the yarn. Pinch the yarn in one hand while wrapping the second length around it near the top, just below the clip. Wrap it firmly (but not too tightly) five or six times, and tie both ends tightly with a double knot.
4. Tuck the knot into the coil with a blunt and pointy object so that the ends lay flat along the rest of the yarn and blends in seamlessly.
5. Slide the scissors into the loops and cut through them. Afterwards, give the ends a trim so that the edge is straight. Turn it this way and that, pinching it between your fingers to inspect and cut off excess thread.

You can skip step 2 if you want, but I find that it looks nicer and more rounded when the yarn is tied at the top of the tassel. Below is a reference picture of one with the top tied, and one without.

I plan to post a few more tutorials over the course of this month, and perhaps the next, for planning. One will be on how to make your own 3D felted paperclips, and another on how to make a ribbon tassel, which is similar to this one but needs a bit more effort. I might also have a tutorial on how to modify a basic printable on Photoshop so you can create your own themed monthly or weekly layout.

I'm eagerly awaiting for the arrival of my new planner, and the other planning goodies that Cat is sending. It's time to get my arse back on track, and what better way to do so than with an activity that's creative and therapeutic?

What kind of tutorials would you like to see?



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