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A church banner pattern can include information on how to make tassels in various lengths and sizes. Here are a few suggestions that might not be part of the pattern instructions. I hope these tips make the process easier for you. It isn't difficult, when you get the feel of it.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Picking a Tool: Lots of ladies devise their own tassel tool. One could take a piece of cardboard cut to the shape which is wanted. An empty cereal box or comparable package will work well. Heavy cardboard is harder to cut. And, it is always good to be able to recycle what would be discarded for a new purpose.

The tassel length one wants to make should be recorded in the pattern. This is something that is frequently optional. If one likes a longer tassel, you can alter the length to the desired length. Some crafters construct delightful tassel angels to hang along the bottom edge of their Christmas banners. Which could be something you would really like.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When one has numerous church banner patterns or you expect to make tassels frequently; one can purchase a special tassel tool. These tools are adjustable in size, permitting you to make lengths varying from 4″ to 6″. Directions for using are included with the tool.

How to Make Tassels With a Cardboard Pattern: If you elect to cut out your own cardboard pattern, you will need to cut 1 large slot close to the place the top of the tassel will be. You'll use this slot for tying the final cords that hold the individual pieces of yarn, ribbon or linen together. You simply wrap the cord that you picked from the top edge of the cardboard to the bottom multiple times until one has the thickness you need. There are videos online which explain how to do the handwork.

Selecting the Material: Penguin cotton, Connemara linen or viscose yarn works well when one is first learning how to make tassels. Metallic yarns reflect the light and look quite nice when done, but they can be challenging to sew with. If one decides to use metallic yarn, get one which is softer or less crisp. One needs one that can drape well. One does not have to choose one which is specifically recommended for tassel or braid-making. Sometimes the recommended ones for those purposes are more expensive than other kinds which will work quite well for a banner pattern.

Ways to Make Tassels Multi-Colored: One can use any number of colors within a tassel. When one wants a touch of glittery metallic, but one doesn't need to overdo it, one may wrap two or three strands of the color you desire while you are working. Don't be afraid to try out new things with the banner pattern one selects. You could create something quite unique.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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