When I first laid eyes on these tassel earrings on Instagram, I had to have them. I finally tracked the earrings down only to be disappointed by the hefty price tag. I don’t mind splurging when it comes to good pieces, but jewelry trends have proven to be short-lived for me in the past. So why spend so much on something I may only wear a few times? Then I thought, duh. I’ll just make a pair! After finding this amazing tutorial online, I went for it and made my own DIY tassel tiered earrings. I’ve now made four pairs and I’m obsessed with every color! #cantstopwontstop
This DIY tutorial is so incredibly easy and although the first one takes a bit of time, you’ll fly through once you get the hang of it. It’s also worth the effort when the whole project costs less than $10 versus the designer version for $100. I’ve already made four pairs for less than 1/10th of the designer pair! But enough about math… let’s get to the tutorial!
Embroidery thread (9 bundles total in the color of your choice)
Let’s do this! 👊🏼
No. 1 – Take one of the embroidery thread bundles and cut 16 12-inch pieces (two strings will be used for each tassel).
No. 2 – Lay one of the 12-inch pieces of embroidery thread on a flat surface. Take a new thread bundle (don’t unravel!)and fold in half. Place the folded bundle over the string so that the string is directly in the center. Tie a knot (as shown in the image above), flip it over and knot it, then knot again to lock it in place.
No. 3 – Keeping the long pieces of string out of the way, take your scissors and cut through the loops on both ends.
No. 4 – Lay another one of the 12-inch pieces of embroidery thread on a flat surface. Take both ends of the tassel and fold the bundle in half over the string. Lay the folded tassel 1/3 of the way towards the top over the center of the string (as shown in the image above). Tie a knot with the string, then flip everything over and tie another knot to tighten it, then knot it again to lock it in place.
No. 5 – Take the darner needle and thread the two pieces of string you just tied through the needle. Push the needle through the side of the tassel so that it cuts through the middle and pull the string through (see image above).
No. 6 – Trim the bottom of the tassel to make the fringe even and cut the string you just pulled through with the needle.
No. 7 – Repeat Steps 2-6 until you’ve made four tassels (they should look like the image above).
No. 8 – Line up all four tassels in a row and decide on the order you’d like them to be in. (Pro tip: I put the longest/fluffiest one at the bottom).
No. 9 – Decide which tassel you want on the bottom, then take the darner needle and thread only one of the long strings and push through the center of the tassel (shown above).
No. 10 – On the other three tassels, thread both strings and push them through the center of each tassel using the darner needle (as shown in the image on the right).
No. 11 – Take the string coming out of the top of the bottom tassel and thread it through the darner needle. Push the needle all the way through the center of the next tassel and pull it tightly to connect them. Continue pushing the needle through all three tassels, pulling tightly on each one to ensure they are properly connected.
No. 12 – Rethread the string in the darner needle and pull the string taut to tightly connect all four tassels (this can easily loosen). Thread the string through the wrapped embroidery thread on the top tassel and back through again to its original spot so that the tassels are still hanging from it (this locks everything in place).
No. 13 – Take one of the earring hooks and thread the top string through the hook (there will be a small hole to thread it through). Tie a knot around the hook to keep it in place. You can also loop the bottom of the hook through the string on the top of the tassel to secure it. Wrap the string around the hook a second time and tie a knot. Then thread the string in the darner needle and push it through the side of the tassel (or wherever it can easily be concealed). Pull the needle through the middle of the tassel.
No. 14 – Trim the thread you just pulled through along with the rest of the remaining long strings on each tassel. I save this for last in case the tassels come loose. It provides material to fix if any issues arise (trust me – it happened a few times 🙈).
And there you have it! Easy, right? Ok, so there are quite a few steps. But I promise it’s much easier than it looks. I’ve already made a pair in black, red, and cream! Let me know if you try this on your own. I’d love to see them! Make sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram so I can see your own DIY tiered tassel earrings!