I’ve been lusting after tassel earrings for a while now. It seems like wherever I turn, there they are. I took that as a major hint that I need a pair (or two) in my life. I’ve seen them in a lot of different stores and the prices range from $25.00 and up. As much as I have been attempted to buy myself a pair, I haven’t come across a set that I really like. Plus, because I enjoy being handy it is really hard for me to spend money on something that I can make.
It wasn’t until I was in a local fabric store that I got the jolt of inspiration to push me over the edge to make my own pair of tassel earrings. I was browsing around the store looking for fringe for my Blinged Out Straw Bag project and noticed a rack of individual tassels. They weren’t right for my straw bag, so I kept looking. A little farther down the aisle I saw the prettiest buttons – and in an instant, the idea came to me to make the earrings. I knew it would be a quick and super easy DIY project, but more importantly, the earrings that I had in mind were going to be much prettier than anything I’ve seen in stores.
I realize that not everyone enjoys craft projects. I’ve found that it is fear of the unknown that prevents people from trying. I am here to tell you that it is a total misconception that you need to be “crafty” to make beautiful things. Most craft projects can be done by beginners. You just need desire, step-by-step photos and helpful instructions.
Below, I have provided you with everything you need to be confident to make these yourself! For this easy DIY project, you need to be able to yield a small pair of pliers, a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun. Trust me, you got this! To get started, gather the following supplies:
- two identical buttons, the ones I used are about half of an inch in diameter
- two identical tassels, the ones I used are about two inches long
- a pair of pliers
- a pair of sharp scissors
- a hot glue gun, jewelry adhesive or superglue
- earring posts and backs, or clip-on earrings if you prefer
As I mentioned earlier, I bought the buttons and the tassels at a local fabric store. The earring posts and earring backs are from a craft store (like Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics). The total cost for everything was less than $20.00.
Tip: While I was assembling the earrings, I experimented with the jewelry adhesive and hot glue. Both are fine, but if I were to make these again I would use hot glue or superglue.
Below are the photos and step-by-step instructions. Please post any comments or questions in the comment section and I will be happy to answer them!
I know that this blouse has been on repeat on the blog this past week or so. I’m head over heels for gingham, ruffles, bows, and bell sleeves – and this one has them all. It’s so pretty and I keep reaching for it in my closet, so please bear with me!
How to make tassel earrings
| tassels and buttons for the earrings |
| pliers and jewelry glue, however, next time I would use hot glue or superglue |
| using a pair of pliers with a cutting blade, snip off the loop on the back of the button |
| position the tassel on the back of the earring, I wanted the knot exposed (see arrow) |
| cut the tassel loop |
| apply glue under the tassel threads and on top to ensure strong adhesion |
| these are the flat post earring backs I used, they are available at craft stores |
| apply a drop of glue and press the earring post into the glue |
| let the glue dry completely and snip off the excess tassel threads |
| fun and flirty tassel earrings that make me feel glamorous |
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