Friday, May 19, 2017

DIY Layered Tassel Earrings

Who knew that graduation “regalia” as they so officially called it was so in style with all of the tassels. From your cap to your cords you’d think that the cap and gown designers were avid readers of People StyleWatch. All jokes aside I am so glad that the tassel trend that was in full force last summer hasn’t ended just yet. I am all about the fun embellishments they add and find myself drawn to anything they are on! It is only fitting that all of the DIY style posts I’ve done on the blog involve tassels and pom poms so as you’ve probably gathered from the title this post is no different!

Junior year was the first year I ventured to try any earrings aside from studs. Now I like to mix in hoops and the occasional statement earring. I have really tiny earlobes and a relatively small head (I like to think it is in proportion to my body so if you disagree no need to let me know). This makes me pretty cautious when it comes to trying different earring styles. I have seen layered tassel earrings everywhere and have wanted to give them a try but with either a hefty price tag or my uncertainty with their size I haven’t tested them out just yet. That’s when I figured I’d give it a go making my own and I am so glad I did considering all of the supplies for multiple pairs were only about $8.00! I’ve made tassels before for other products and figured it wouldn’t be too challenging for this project either. The hardest part came with determining the size and since I’ve figured it out for you maybe you’ll feel more comfortable giving it a go making your own layered tassel earrings.

what you’ll need

Embroidery Thread (you’ll need 3 colors for each earring so 6 thread packs for a set although I found it easier to stock up on some white thread to use to thread the earrings together)
Earring Hooks (choose these based on your own preference, Hobby Lobby had tons of different options)

how to make the tassel

I found that making each tassel 1.5  inches was the key to making the earring substantial enough without being overwhelming. To make the tassel you’ll need to gather your thread, ruler, and scissors. These earrings are just as cute monochrome as they are ombre but since the ombre ones take a bit more thought I figured I would show you hot to make those since you can easily adjust when using a singular color.

  1. Take thread color of your choice and cut off about 8 inches of thread. You will use this to secure the tassel so don’t throw it away!
  2. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the thread around your fingers pulling it snug.
3.Continue wrapping until all the string has been used.
4. Take extra string and tie tightly around the top of the tassel.
5. Trim any loops at the bottom of the thread and check to see that the length is relatively even.
6. Repeat until all tassels are complete.
7. Take your ruler and measure each tassel to 1.5'' and cut off excess. This is where a good pair of scissors comes in handy!

how to put the tassels together 

1. Go ahead and thread your needle with some thread. I bought extra white and found that this made it really easy to use to connect them. Be sure to knot the end of the thread so that it can hold the tassels together.
2. Place the tassels in the order you want them to be on the earring.
3. For the top two tassels spread apart the tassel so that the tassels can sit tight together.
4. Starting in the middle of the bottom tassel pull needle through. Do the same thing for the next two tassels and be sure to pull them tight. Adjust the tassels to appear how you’d like them to look.
5. Leave the needle and thread through the top of the first tassel.

how to make them into an earring 

This is where your process may differ a little from mine since you should definitely get earring hooks that work best for your ears! I tried hoop and stud style and found that hoop ones are definitely easier to work with. For the hoop style I used you can follow these directions!

1. Take the needle and thread it trough one side of the tassel.
2. Without pulling too tight make a loose loop by threading the needle through the other side of the tassel.
3. Connect your earring base to that loop and then pull it to secure.
4. Continue to make loops around the earring by taking needle and thread through earring base to keep secure.
5. On one side of the earring make a know by threading the needle through a few strands at the base of the tassel. Pull the thread through the loop and then thread the needle through the other side of the tassel to trim excess string.

I went ahead and included a video of me making the tassels in case my explanation of the process didn't make sense! 

Well there you have it! The cutest layered tassel earrings that are inexpensive and easy to make for yourself! I’d love to see what you come up with following these instructions so definitely send a picture my way if you decide to make them! You’ll certainly be seeing these in upcoming blog posts. If you’re looking for other fun summer DIYs then feel free to look through some of the other items I’ve made here. And if you like the idea but aren’t ready to make your own then there are some similar earrings for $9 here and I’ve left a good reminder to yourself below in case you want to pin the instructions to try out later!

other fun DIY posts I've done


  1. Love that the tassels match your outfit! Been loving the tassels trend myself. :)

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. These are so cute!! I can't wait to try it out!

  3. These are so cute! I will have to hit the craft store soon to make them. I also love your Barrington bag in the outfit photos. Jess at Just Jess

  4. These would make great gifts. They're perfect teacher appreciation gifts.

  5. Oh my gosh, this is so creative! I will have to do this craft this summer during my free time. Thanks for the idea!

    Much love,
    Ashley |

  6. These are adorable! Do you have an estimate of your total cost on these? I would love to know about how much you had to spend!


    xoxo, SS

    1. For multiple colors of the earrings well under $10! Super affordable!

  7. These earrings are so cute, Dorothy! I love how you styled them too!


  8. These are so sweet and simple! Thanks for sharing your idea and technique. I'll be sharing it! :D


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