Quick & Easy DIY Graduation Tassel Holiday Ornaments

This year I added to our ornament collection by making a few quick and easy ornaments using some sentimental items I found sitting in the old “memory box”.  Anyone else have their high school and college tassels or honor cords sitting in a box collecting dust?  I found my tassels and honor cord in the shuffle of unpacking and decided to display them on the Christmas tree this year.  Here’s how they turned out:
DIY Holiday Ornaments

DIY Holiday Ornaments

DIY Holiday Ornaments

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  1. Plastic or Glass ornaments ( I found mine at Michaels for 50% off)
  2. Scissors or craft knife
  3. Clear string
  4. Graduation Tassel, honor cord or any other sentimental item that will fit in the ornament ( house key, key chain, ticket stub, etc.)

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

Ornament sizes from left to right:
 Small Round (70 mm  2 3/4 in) | Large Oval ( 100 mm 4 in)  | Large Round (100mm 4 in)

First, you’ll want to make sure your tassel or cord will fit in the ornament.  The honor cord (pictured on the right in the above photo) would only fit in the largest ornament.  Once you’ve got everything paired up, remove the top metal piece from each ornament.  Also, remove the metal thingamabob ( the ornament hook will hang on this).  In order to the get the string of the tassel to pull through the top, you’ll have to cut the metal piece.  I used  a pair of sharp scissors to cut a hole between the two pre-existing holes.

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

Your cut should look something like this.  You want a hole large enough to fit the top tassel string through the hole.  A craft knife could also work, but I feared slipping and cutting myself.  I am accident prone.  Safety first, people.  Safety first.

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

Next, use the clear string to tie a knot around the little strings that hang from the top of the tassel.  You could skip this part, but I found the strings get caught or knotted around the year charm once inside the ornament.  It looked messy to me so this helped contain the string “messiness”.

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

It may be hard to see since the string is clear (thank you, Captain Obvious), but if you look closely hopefully you can see where the string circles around the tassel just behind the charm.

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Once your string is tied, trim as needed.  Place the metal thingamabob ( the ornament hook hangs from it) back into the metal top.  Slide the tassel into the ornament and pull the top of the tassel through the hole you cut.  Tie the top of the tassel around the metal thingamabob to keep it from shifting.  Add an ornament hook, if you wish, or use the string to hang from your tree.   Ta da!

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

This last ornament houses a special piece.  It’s a piece of copper pipe and a little piece of paper that says ” Christmas Eve 2012″.  There’s a great story behind that copper pipe, but that I’ll save that story for later this week. 🙂

DIY Holiday Ornaments

Time to find those old tassels and whip up some ornaments!  Are you making graduation tassel ornaments this year?  Or, did you find another way to display your tassels?  There is a plethora of great ideas on Pinterest for many other DIY ornaments. Only 9 days until Christmas!

P.S. I have 4 more Christmas-y posts planned for this week!  Check back on Tuesday!

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2 thoughts on “Quick & Easy DIY Graduation Tassel Holiday Ornaments

    • Jolene Post author

      Hello! Good question. I updated the post to include this information. Here are the three sizes I used: Small Round (70 mm 2 3/4 in) | Large Oval ( 100 mm 4 in) | Large Round (100mm 4 in).

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