DIY // pendant + leather tassel

There’s just nothing that makes quite as big an impact in a space as lighting. Adding a lamp or hanging a pendant creates an instant focal point and is such an easy way to change the tone of any room. Since Joanna’s still settling into her new loft, I thought a custom pendant would be a great way to add a boho feel to her kitchen island (and the perfect excuse for a DIY!) using a cloth-covered cord from Color Cord and an easy leather tassel.

DIY pendant + leather tassel //



  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • cutting mat
  • metal ruler

DIY pendant + leather tassel //

Start by cutting a thin strip from the side of your piece of leather and set aside, this will become the loop on your tassel. Next use your x-acto knife and metal ruler to cut 1/4″ sections of fringe all the way down the remaining length.

DIY pendant + leather tassel //

This part definitely takes some time, but is well worth it. After the first few sections of fringe I settled into a nice rhythm and before I knew it, I had two feet of burgundy fringe!

DIY pendant + leather tassel //

Heat your glue gun and trim the piece of leather you set aside earlier for the loop of the tassel, then fold and glue at the ends with the finished side facing out. Next, attach the loop to the side you’d like to be the inside of your tassel.

DIY pendant + leather tassel //

Now for the fun part! Starting at the loop, roll your piece of fringe and add dots of hot glue every two inches. Make sure that the top edge stays even and add additional glue when you’re nearing the end.

DIY pendant + leather tassel //

Just slip the tassel onto the end of your wire and hang between two points. This would be perfect for ambience to add interest to an unused corner or as task lighting over a kitchen island. You could even add a jump ring to the loop on the tassel before you roll it up for an awesome keychain!

Project and styling by Gwen McKenzie for Jojotastic.

Photography by Meghan Klein

Disclosure: I received product from Color Cord to review for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.

pssst… more DIY projects right this way!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this Leather Tassel and Pendant tutorial! And if you make one, be sure to post a photo and tag @jojotastic on Instagram so we can see.

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

Let's stay in touch:

Shop my picks on Amazon

Shop now

Please note that I use affiliate links at times here, as well as on my social media accounts. This means that if you click on a link to a product and purchase that product, I may receive a commission based on your purchase. I only feature products that truly inspire me. Any products that have been gifted to Jojotastic for review are noted at the bottom of the post. Sponsored posts are noted as such. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Leave a Comment


  1. 11.11.15
    Julie Spear said:

    So Cute!!! Found your blog through the ORC, but have been looking for a tassel DIY too!!! LOVE that gorgeous leather!!

    • 11.11.15
      joanna said:

      welcome! so glad you found us and love the DIY :)

  2. 11.4.15
    Arielle said:

    Oh, I love a tassel. May have to make a necklace (or 12) with these…

    • 11.4.15
      joanna said:

      that’s a great idea! i’d love to see :) keep us updated!