This week’s DIY was inspired by a reader’s request, asking us to recreate a pair of vintage Yves Saint Laurent tassel earrings. Tassels?! No need to ask us twice. Hanging from a belt, off a bag, or from the ears . . . tassels are high up in our favorite jubuliant accessories category, alongside the ever-so exuberant pom pom. And the best part about these simple yet elegant tassel earrings is that they are completely customizable!

You’ll need:

Japanese bunka cord is a very fine, high quality knitted rayon square cord that is perfect for making tassels. It usually comes in 6 meter skins. Start by unraveling the skeins of cord. Cut 2 3″ pieces and set them aside. Then cut the rest into multiple 8-10″ pieces. (For this tutorial, I used shades of peach and orange but of course, you can use just one color.) Separate the strands into two groups, approximately 20 strands each.

Lay the strands flat and pull them up from the middle. Take one of the 3″ pieces and slip it under the middle of the bunch. Tie into a double knot and trim away any excess.

Thread the eyepin through the bottom of the bead cap. Insert a small amount of E6000 into the bead cap.

Take the bunch of cord and stuff tied off middle section all the way into the bead cap. Hold in place for several seconds. Thread the corrugated bead on to of the bead cap.

Take the pliers and bend the eyepin 90 degrees to the left. Then wrap the eyepin clockwise around the right side of the pliers.

Bring the eyepin all the way around. While gripping the loop with the pliers, take the excess eyepin and start wrapping around the base of the loop.

After winding it around twice, trim away any excess wire.

Thread the loop through the earwire and trim the tassel to a desired length.

Repeat the same steps to complete your new pair of swinging tassel earrings!

So glam, so easy!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)