String Lights with DIY Thread Tassels

String Lights with DIY Thread TasselsI’m back with another DIY project to dress up your string lights. I can’t help myself. I was totally in love with the way my faux flower globe lights came out, but I had another idea I wanted to try – tassels. A local boutique has a window display right now using embroidery thread tassels that is GORGEOUS, which totally inspired me to attempt my own tassel-ification of some string lights I wanted to hang in my studio.

I found this set of metal caged string lights at my local Target not long ago that was begging for a little DIY color. I picked out several colors of embroidery thread, staying in the same “summery garden” color scheme – lots of variations of pink, purple and green.String Lights with DIY Thread Tassels

After that, all that was left was to throw on some good music and get down to tassel tying. The final result? A one of a kind set of string lights that both brightens and adds a pop of color to the studio. Perfect!


Step 1

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsTo make my life easier, I decided to make two tassels out of each skein of embroidery thread. I simply slipped off the paper cuff packaging on each end, keeping the thread looped just as it was, and hung the loop around a dowel I’d weighted down on my work table. (You could also use an unsharpened pencil taped to a table.) Unwind one of the loose ends of thread twice around, and then cut that piece into four pieces.

Step 2

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsNext, I tied a loop around each end of the embroidery thread skein using two of the embroidery thread lengths I’d just cut, so that both ends were tied off. These will be the ends of the tassels you’ll tie to your light strand, so don’t trim the threads yet.

Step 3

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsThen I took another length of the thread I’d cut off, and tied it around the skein, just below the dowel. After securing with a tight knot, I wrapped the thread around a few more times and tied another knot. You can trim these thread ends at this point. Repeat with the other end.

Step 4

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsNow both ends are tied off, so all that’s left is to find the middle of the skein of thread and cut the two tassels loose from each other.

Step 5

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsIt’s goes pretty quick, so you’ll have a stack of tassels in no time.

Step 6

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsRepeat the above steps for each color of thread you’ve chosen until all of your tassels are prepped and ready.

Step 7

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsLay out your string lights and spread out the tassels. I chose to mix up my color combinations randomly. Then use the untrimmed threads tied around the end to tie the tassel to the string lights. Once your tassels are secured, you can trim those threads.

Step 8

 Open GalleryString Lights with DIY Thread TasselsHang up your lights and enjoy your one-of-a-kind, fancy-pants ambiance lighting. Embroidery thread just scored major points towards being cool in my book.


  • Embroidery thread
  • String lights


  • A dowel or unsharpened pencil
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A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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2 Responses

  1. Minnow + Co says:

    Haha! Thanks, Laurie! PS – if you ever met me, any illusion of coolness would evaporate quickly. Total and complete goof.

  2. Laurie_March says:

    Could you be any cooler??? I love these.

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