Monday, January 20, 2014

Turning Some Tassels

You may have seen them around the estate sale, thrift store, garage sale circuit. The lonely, single vintage salt or pepper shaker. Long ago separated from its partner.

I've collected an eclectic bunch of singles on my treasure hunts and enjoy transforming them into one-of-a-kind decorative tassels. I previously shared my upcycling method with you here. Recently, I got the itch to shake up some new tassel treasures.

Here's some of what I've been up to:

This one's a hoot. He's dedicated to my daughter, who's crazy about owls.

This art deco design is so evocative. Surely this one must have appeared on the dinner party table at one of Jay Gatsby's extravagant summer bashes.

What pretty, dainty feet on this charmer.  They add such a special dimension. The holes in the top of the shaker are decorated with gold stars.

This is my personal favorite. The pretty spring green design looks Irish to me, even though the salt shaker was made in Germany. The embellishment around the base of the shaker is a wonderful scrap of reclaimed metallic trim.

I've been using tassels to jazz up my decor for years. Since I started making my own with upcycled salt and pepper shakers, I've been enjoying this simple decorative element even more.

Make it a great day!
Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday


  1. I love them, and especially like the one with flowers!! How creative!

  2. How pretty - and what a good idea. There are so many lovely china patterns and this is a way to indulge my desire for every one of them!

  3. I think I recall reading your original tutorial, but I still don't understand: "I tied the ribbon hanging down through the porcelain top around the middle of the loops." Could you please clarify? Thanks.

  4. Very pretty! I've been meaning to try this project for years! Well done! Catherine

  5. No way! I have never even thought of this! You are so cool!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.… :)
    Have a happy weekend; hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique


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