If you read my Why You Need A Hobby post a week or so ago, then you know one of my hobbies (and side hustles) is jewelry making! If you haven’t noticed, tassel earrings are trending right now – especially for spring. But they can be pricey for what you get, especially when you realize your can make your own for pennies on the dollar! Here are two ways to make your very own budget-friendly tassel earrings!
Materials Needed (for both types):
- Embroidery String (~$0.25 – $0.50 for each color)
- Earring Hooks (~$3.00 for a pack of 30 pairs)
- Jewelry pliers
- Small Piece of Cardboard
- Jump Rings (regular sized) (~$3.00 for a pack of 50)
- Large Jump Rings (~$3.00 for a pack of 20) **for type 2**
Type 1: Plain Tassel
Cut a piece of cardboard (to wrap your string around) to desired size. Note that the size of the tassel is determined by how long you cut your piece.
With your chosen color of string, begin wrapping it around the piece of cardboard until you reach your desired thickness (size of tassel).
Cut a few-inches-long piece of same colored string and tuck one under one side of wrapped string. Tie tightly.
Carefully slide off wrapped string from cardboard and cut the non-tied end with scissors. Trim ends so bottom of tassel is even.
Using string in desired color (I chose a different one), tie a knot around the top of tassel (towards non-trimmed end with loop) and wrap around the tassel several times. Be sure to keep one end of the string sticking out so it can be used to tie in next step!
Ties ends of wrapped string together tightly, and trim ends. Tuck the knot under the wrapped string to hide.
Trim string ends from tie at top of tassel from Step 3 and rotate the loop until knot is hidden inside of tassel. Grab a jump ring and earring wire. Using pliers, carefully open the jump ring – be sure not to pull the ends apart to make a “C” shape. Instead, pull the ends in opposite directions – one end towards you and the other away from you.
Hook the jump ring around the knotted string from step 3. Place the earring wire in open jump ring along with the tassel. Then close jump ring – bend the ends back together. And now you have one earring! Repeat steps to make the other!
Type 2: Hoop With Ombre Tassels
Like in type 1, choose colored string. Using your cardboard piece, wrap colors around 4-6 times and cut one end.
Dividing the different colored groups of string in half, loop string around a large jump ring.
Repeat step 2 for other colors, then trim string to desired length/shape.
As in Type 1, open small/regular sized jump ring and place around large jump ring (the one that has the string looped around it), placing earring wire inside. Then close jump ring. And now you have another beautiful and unique earring!
The best part about making them yourself is that you can make them completely yours. Use whatever colors you want, and however much you want. You can mix/match colors or add beads/charms/embellishments to make them even more unique! I hope you enjoy your earrings!
Have any questions?
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