Yarn, embroidery floss, raffia, or similar
A piece of stiff cardboard
Step 1: Making Your Tool
Make a small cut diagonally into one corner, then into the other corner of the same side (see last two pictures).
You have a tool!
Step 2: Using Your Tool- the First String
Step 3: Second String Wrapping
Wrap yarn around the cardboard, in the same direction as it started, several times. Like maybe 20 or so.
Step 4: Tie It Off
Take up the two ends of the first string and tie it tightly around the wrapped string.
Step 5: Cut It Off
Step 6: Wrap It Up, Again
Wrap the ball side of the yarn around the top of the tassel close to the tied end. Wrap it tight, and multiple times ( there is no hard and fast number) and making sure the original end of the yarn is caught in all the wrapping.
Cut the yarn from the ball, long enough to tie it with the end you started with, and hang down about as long as the tassel. Tie it tight.
Trim the ends.
You have a tassel!