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DIY: Tassel Earrings

Sarah Miller

 
 

It’s the middle of March, the birds are starting to sing, and the sun is staying out longer and longer. This can only mean one thing-it’s time to update your spring wardrobe. If you’re looking for a fun and customizable accessory, add a pair of these tassel earrings to your life!

 

You will need:

Embroidery thread (floss)

Scissors

Credit card

Earring wires

Clear nail polish or jewelry glue

Step 1:

Choose the color of your tassel, and the color of your wrap. You can use the same color for both, or you can choose a contrasting or metallic thread to use like I did. (A word of advice-if you choose metallic embroidery floss, be prepared to be frustrated by it’s unwillingness to stay together, or to generally do what you want) Cut about 4-5 inches of your chosen wrap thread and lay aside for wrapping, and cut 3-4 inches of the wrap colors to use as a connector.

Step 2:

 Fig. 1

Fig. 1

 Fig. 2

Fig. 2

Hold the edge of the thread at the bottom of the card (Fig.1) and wrap it around the card 18 times, ending at the bottom. Continue holding both edges of the thread on the card as you cut off the excess (Fig. 2).

Step 3:

 
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FIg. 3

 

Bend the card slightly, and grab the piece of connecting thread(3-4 inches). Slide the thread underneath all the wrapped layers until it’s about halfway through (Fig. 3) grasp both end of the connecting thread, bring it to the top of the card, and tie it off with a knot.

Step 4:

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Fig. 4

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Fig. 5

Slide the thread off of the end of the credit card. Grab your piece of wrapping thread. Use your left hand to hold the start of the wrapping thread against your tassel (Fig. 4). Take your right hand and start wrapping around the tassel. Make sure to cover the start of the wrapping thread so that you don’t have to hold it anymore (Fig. 5).

Step 5:

 
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Fig. 6

 

Once you’ve wrapped all of the thread, glue it down to the tassel using your clear nail polish or jewelry glue (Fig. 6). If you’re using metallic thread, you’re going to need the jewelry glue and a fair bit of patience. Make sure each strand of the thread is firmly secured, and let dry if necessary.

Step 6:

 
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Fig. 7

 

At the end opposite the connector thread, slide your scissors in the loop. Pulling slightly, cut through the loop (Fig. 7). Fluff and separate the ends of the thread as you like.

Step 7:

 
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Fig. 8

 

Using your connector thread, tie the tassel onto the loop of the earring wire. Use a double knot to secure. Trim ends securely and enjoy!

Alterations:

 
 

If you want smaller tassels, cut a piece of thin cardboard or cardstock to the size desired, then follow steps as written.

 
 


If you want to have tassels that are all the same color, use the embroidery thread for your wrapping and connecting pieces as well.