Crafternoon How-To: Tassel Earrings

It’s festival season!!  Hurrah!  Bring on the bright colours, beachy hair and big accessories!

So for this Crafternoon How To we are making tassel earrings!  It’s a fairly basic tutorial but feel free to make your tassels as thick or long as you want for extra impact.  You could also add beading, plaits within the tassel and different colour embroidery thread!

Just realised I missed off jump rings from the picture... you need 2 although you can make these without
Just realised I missed off jump rings from the picture… you need 2 although you can make these without

You will need:

  • Card (a small piece – this will help measure and make your tassels)
  • Embroidery thread – as many or few as you like but go for longer lengths
  • Earring backs x 2… one for each ear
  • 2 jump rings – missed off the pic above but these will help join tassel to earring (you can do this tutorial without them though!)

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Step One: Cut!

Cut a rectangle from the card the length that you would like your tassels to be.  On the top edge make two small cuts into the card.  Slip the end of the 1, 2, or however many embroidery threads you are using into this slit to hold in place.

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Step Two: Wrap

Wrap your threads around the length of the card (be careful not to do this to tightly – if you bend the card the length won’t be correct!).  However many wraps you choose to do you will end up with double the number of strands in your tassel.  I chose to wrap my thread 9 times around my card which gave me quite slim sleek tassels.  Make sure your final wrap ends up with your threads tucked into the other slit in the top of the card.  At this stage also cut two shorter lengths of thread – only slightly longer than the length of card.

half way
half way to one earring!

Step Three: Loop, Knot, Tie

Tie a very small loop in the end of one of your single strands of thread.  Now (disclaimer – this is a tricky bit so put the wine down), slide one end of this piece between the embroidery thread and the card so that the loop is hidden, and tie the two loose ends into a tight double knot.  This will be the top of your tassel!  HURRAH!

Step 1 - tie the loop into your thread
Step 1 – tie the loop into your thread
step 2 - slide under and knot
Step 2 – slide under and knot

Step Four: SNIP SNIP

Now cut the threads along the bottom of the card…. and then neaten up your tassel so that your little loop is at the top!

Cutting

Step Five: Tie Up That Tassel

Take your second short length of thread and tie around the tassel about half a cm from the top to create the tassel head (like a crafty little noose).  Make the double knot nice and tight and if you can tuck the ends under the noose so that they flatten and hang neatly.  This is also a good stage to trim any rebel threads hanging low.

Step Six: Attach to the earring…

The thread loop attaches to the jump ring, the jump ring attaches to the earring back ….

Step 7: Do it ALL again… why?  so you have TWO earrings!

And you’re done!!

Tassel Earrings by Creativise

Tassel Earrings by Creativise

Put on, rock out, Happy Crafternoon!

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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