These DIY Tassel Necklaces Are The Perfect Galentine’s Day Gift

DIY Tassel Necklaces

With Galentine’s Day just a few days away, it’s time that we all come up with the perfect DIY for our favorite ladies, and what better than these super easy tassel necklaces?

Tassel necklaces are pretty in vogue right now, which I’m a totally a fan of. Too bad I’d have to sell my first-born son to be able to afford one. Seriously, these necklaces are a waaay too expensive for something that you can so easily make yourself at home. I say make them in bulk and gift them to all of your favorite single (or not single!) gal pals this Galentine’s Day. Isn’t that what Leslie Knope would do?

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You’re going to need:

  • Embroidery thread. I used the kind of shiny thread, but any type is fine.
  • Long chain (I used gold). You can either buy chain and clasps at the craft store, or scrounge around for a cheap long necklace to steal the chain from.
  • Large and small jewelry rings matching the color of your chain.
  • Scissors.
  • Pliers.

Start off by taking the wrappings off of your embroidery thread and unrolling it.

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Then cut either looped end of the thread, and pull out 5-7 individual threads to set aside. You’ll use these laters to tie together your threads, making the tassel.

Next, fold all threads in half. You should end with one trimmed end and one end that’s like a loop.

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Using the looped end, pull your thread through your larger jewelry ring.

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Proceed by cutting all loops, so either end of your thread is trimmed. Then, take the 5-7 individual threads you put to the side earlier and wrap these around your threads to make the tassel.

Being totally honest, this is going to take a few tries — I even enlisted my mom for help. You want to make sure you have all of your threads pulled through the ring nice and smooth so to make this a pretty convincing designer dupe. You can either wrap the individual threads once around your tassel and then tie, or do it twice or even three times. It is totally your preference. I wrapped mine twice.

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At this point the hardest part is over; there are just two quick things you need to do to make your necklace dope as hell.

The first is to do a final trim of your tassel. The amount you trim off will completely depend on how long you like yours. I left mine probably three inches long. Pro tip: you know those individual threads you used to tie off your tassel? Trim those to the length of your tassel, not down to the knot. In the very upsetting and potential event that this knot comes untied, it’ll make things easier to have more thread to work with when you re-tie it.

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Now it’s time for that medium or small jewelry ring to come into play. This is what’s going to hook your tassel onto your chain. Using your pliers, wrangle that sucker open a little bit and slip it onto your bigger ring. I like to slide it onto my chain at this time, too, because I can’t fit it over the clasp of the chain. Don’t forget to close the ring. That’d be a really stupid thing to do.

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And there you have it! Whether you and your friends are going on romantic Valentine’s Day dates (lucky betches), or you’re spending a fantastic Galentine’s Day eating waffles with your hottest lady loves, I hope these tassel necklaces will do you some good. Happy holidays, everyone!

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2016 Christmas Gift Guide: Companies Who Give Back to Charity

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

When you get older (hah… I’m 22), you start to realize that the holidays and Christmas time are about a lot more than just upping your Instagram game with pictures of your tree and drinking spiked hot chocolate (although there definitely is not age limit to enjoying that stuff, too!) It’s not even about getting the perfect present for your family and friends. Nah, when you get older, you start to realize that the holiday season is about helping those who don’t have much during this time of total extravagance. Nothing makes you notice the needy more than a season characterized by buying things.

But I’m starting to realize that I can have it all — the buying gifts and giving back, that is.

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By looking into companies who actively engage with charity, you can easily find that perfect gift and help folks in need. Give consciously people — it’s the raddest!

The Body Shop

Buying from The Body Shop is cool because all of their stuff is natural and they have so many great values like protecting human rights and saving the planet. But did you know that this year, if you purchase one of their selected gift sets you’ll be helping them give one day’s worth of clean water to a family in Ethiopia? Too. Cool. Nevermind the fact that The Body Shop has some pretty great (and great smelling) products, this is an awesome cause to donate to.

Soap Box Soaps

Get off your dang soap box, you preachy asshole!

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…except totally don’t because Soap Box products are awesome, and do awesome things. Similar to The Body Shop, purchasing Soap Box products helps provide clean water to a community in need. While I’ve never used a bar of Soap Box soap, I have used their shampoo and conditioner, and it smells dope as hell and makes my hair super shiny. What better gift than the gift that keeps on giving in so many ways.

Bird&Stone

Nothing better than some super cute jewelry… except for when that super cute jewelry that helps other people. When Bird&Stone’s founder, Elena, took her first trip to Kenya, she saw crazy poverty and wanted to do something to help. After seeing the positive effects microloans (small sums of money that help people restart their lives) have, she decided to start selling some of her gorgeous jewelry to help fund some more of these microloans. I can def get on board with some of that.

Warby Parker

Ryan Gosling wants you to buy your friend Warby Parker crap.
Ryan Gosling wants you to buy your friend Warby Parker crap.

Warby Parker is pretty well-known as a glasses company. Now, you might be thinking, wow Sara, what an awk gift to give someone. And you’re totally right. Giving someone a set of their prescription frames is a wicked awkward gift, but good thing Warby Parker also sells sunglasses, fools! If you’re looking for a great pair of sunglasses to give a dear, dear friend or family member (because I’m not going to be the type of person to say $150 sunglasses is cheap), opt not for Ray Bans or whatever, but for something just as cute from Warby Parker.

As a lot of you all know, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a kid in need for every pair they sell. Pretty rad, eh?

Out of Print Clothing

Books and loungey, slouchy t-shirts are kind of the perfect combination, which is why you should definitely gift your friends something from Out of Print Clothing. Get your loved ones’ favorite book quotes on a shirt or coaster or mug or matchbox (super regular), and you’ll also be sending a book to a community in need through another awesome org called Books for Africa. We all freaking love books, so spread the love and help some get to the kiddos who really need them.

DISCLAIMER: Influenster sent me the Soap Box shampoo and conditioner. All of my opinions on it are my own!

Ryan Gosling photo credit via this Buzzfeed article.