DIY-How to Make a Boho Beaded Tassel Belt

How to Make a Boho Tassel Belt

 

Looking through a 1969 Vogue Magazine recently I noticed  tassel belts, like the one below,  shown in many of the fashion editorials. The late 60s and early 70s was the height of the hippie culture’s influence  in fashion, so bohemian type accessories were a big trend.    Of course, I was instantly intrigued!     Thinking  they wouldn’t  be too difficult to make,   I set about making a list of “ingredients” I would need to try and whip up a couple for myself.

 

John Moore dress 1969

So off I went to Joanne’s and Michael’s.  Luckily these stores are conveniently located within a 5 minute drive from my house.  I had everything I needed  in no time. But many of these items can also be purchased online,  from websites that sell jewelry making supplies.

Tassel belt supplies

Ingredients for Making Beaded Tassel Belt

•Braid-Decide  on length by measuring your waist and adding at least another 1/2 yd or more depending on how long you want the ends to fall.
•Jeweler’s wire cutters, needle nose and round nose pliers
•Metal end caps- These come in many different shapes and sizes and you’ll need to find ones that are the same size as your braid for a snug fit.  Here are some examples.
•3″ Eyepins
•Lobster claw clasps
•Jump rings
•Tassels
•Assorted Beads
•Beaded Tassels
•E6000 Glue

Instructions

Step 1-Depending on the thickness of the braid you chose, it can be a little stiff. Remembering my husband soaks the boat dock lines in water with fabric softener to make them more pliable, I figured I’d try it with the braid.  Soaked overnight in a tub of water with Downy and it worked like a charm to make the braid softer and easier to wrap and tie.

The ends of the braid/rope will be taped off after they cut it for you to keep it from fraying. Once you untape  you’ll want to tightly wrap about 1/2″ of the ends with matching thread. That will keep the ends nice and tidy for when you insert  mash  them into the end caps. I used E6000 and globbed some inside the caps before pushing the braid ends in.

e6000

Step 2 Use your eyepins and jump rings to attach your beads and tassels together in a combination of your liking. I purposely purchased tassels with end caps attached with rings so I could just hook my eyepins or jump rings onto them.

If you prefer thread tassels, you can buy them instead, but there has to be some type of loop at the end to attach the beads to. I also found this great tassel tutorial if you want to make your own tassels from embroidery or crochet thread. These would look really cute with this type of belt too.

TIP-When using pliers to open eyepins and jump rings always open them on an angle.

Step 3– Once you’ve got your beads threaded on the eyepin wire the way you like,  close the straight end of the eyepin by making a loop with the round nosed pliers. Leave it partially open to attach your clasp or any other finding that you prefer. Then use the pliers to fully close the loop.

I decided to incorporate lobster claw clasps, thinking it might be nice to be able to switch out different bead/tassel configurations to match your outfit. You could even clip a different one on each end and really shake things up!

On the black braid I attached the lobster claws to the end caps, but on the teal braid I attached the lobster claws right to the beaded tassel drop. Either way really works fine for being able to detach and reattach. So it’s a personal preference thing.

tassels

And here I am wearing the finished products.  I decided to go all out boho with an embroidered Johnny Was tunic worn over a pair of 1970s floral print palazzo pants.

70s pants and tassel belt

These were really super easy to make and did not take long at all.   And the opportunities to get really creative are endless!  Different widths and colors of braid, different kinds of beads, tassels etc. The sky’s the limit.   I also think this would be a really fun  project for a girly craft wine drinking night. Will have to put that on the calendar!

xo
Theresa

Linking up with Patti/Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday

By | 2017-04-25T10:44:09-04:00 April 21st, 2017|Crafts/DIY, Lifestyle|6 Comments

About the Author:

Theresa
Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.

6 Comments

  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Thanks Jess! Yes, the belts are very doable, even for those who don’t feel they’re very crafty. Takes about 30 minutes to whip one up and that’s counting letting the glue dry.

  2. jess jannenga April 28, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Great idea! I am not very crafty but this seems doable. I love the beads and the rope colors. It look beautiful with your outfit! and what I love is that it is unique! I love the mix of patterns with the embroidery and florals, and I love the wedge with this look!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks, Vix. Coming from you, the compliment is especially appreciated since your are the queen of creative craft projects! The braid is exactly the type you would use for curtain tiebacks and I notice it comes in many different widths. I was even thinking of getting some of the thinner braid and then braiding three different colors together for my next attempt.

  4. Vix April 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    What a fantastic make and wonderfully demonstrated by your gorgeous self. Your hippytastic outfit rocks!
    That could be another use for any curtain tiebacks I come across in charity shops. I’ve already got a pair of those pliers i use when I add feather hair extensions in the Summer.
    Isn’t that model stunning? xx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you, Patti 🙂

  6. Patti April 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Beautifully done and illustrated! Your final look is really gorgeous, love the florals. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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