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Someone once told me they thought using old books for crafts was a terrible way of desecrating them.
I do not agree.
To me, using old books (which are in endless supply in thrift stores and garage sales) for craft projects and other home decor purposes is a way of HONORING them, and giving them new life!
Do you know where those books would end up if no one used them?
The recycling bin or worse… the garbage.
We’re on Day 4 of The 30 Days of Ornaments Project, where we will make 30 handmade ornaments over the next 30 days.
Today’s ornament merges my love of old book pages with my affinity for tassels of all kinds. We’re making a book page tassel ornament!
Day 4: How to Make a Book Page Tassel Ornament
(All 30 of the handmade ornaments can be found here, along with links to their videos and supply lists.)
DIY Book Page Tassels | 30 Days of Ornaments Project
Step 1. Gather supplies.
Step 2. Fold piece of paper in half, the long “hot dog way.” The crease should be at the top.
Step 3. Cut slits up from the bottom. Cut slits approximately 1/4″ apart, stopping 1/2 to 3/4″ from the creased top of the paper. This creates a fringe.
Step 4. Cut a hanging string – 12+ inches long.
Step 5. Fold hanging string in half, tie two ends together.
Step 6. Put hot glue on one end of paper in the upper corner, and anchor the folded end of twine into the glue.
Step 7. Start rolling the paper tightly around the twine, forming a tassel.
Step 8. Keep rolling the whole length of the paper, and glue at the end to anchor.
Step 9. Shake tassel, trim up if needed, check knotted hanging string, and display it!
Whether you decide to use old book pages, maps, a church hymnal like I did, or even just plain paper, these paper tassels are so simple and fast to make.
And they turn out so cute!
The trick will be not making 100 of them once you get going!
Save the idea for later by pinning the photo below to Pinterest!
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YOU CAN MAKE ALL OF YOUR CRAFT DREAMS COME TRUE!
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P.S. Check out all of the ornament videos for The 30 Days of Ornaments Project here.