DIY Tassel Earrings

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)

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115 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    I love your diy tutorials and the earrings are fantastic. Can´t wait to make my own pair <3

    GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG

    xo

    glamDevils

    2.13.13
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  2. I love it!!! I will do it!!!

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    2.13.13
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  3. This is really funny/cute 🙂
    I really love your blog <3

    Check out my own DIY 🙂
    The last one is about : Valentine's Day Nails <3
    On : http://www.thefashiontale.com

    2.13.13
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  4. madeline wrote:

    found my new weekend project. these are great!

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  5. Danka wrote:

    Very pretty! And what a versatile project! x

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  6. You make it look so easy! hahaha!

    Great DIY! 😉

    xoxo
    LEATHER & ICE CREAM

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  7. Veva wrote:

    Easy and great!

    kisses

    MY WHITE IDEA

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  8. Namrata wrote:

    Only you manage to make it look so neat and stunning! Love this DIY. This is definitely worth a try! The earrings are simply gorgeous!

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

    2.13.13
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  9. EmerJa wrote:

    Once again, amazing and easy DIY.

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  10. Stand Out wrote:

    Love theme, great DIY!

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    DIY projects also on my blog <3

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  11. Wow! Love them!

    MIAMI IN http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  12. Denisa wrote:

    I really like that earrings. Are so nice. Have a great day.

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  13. I love this idea! And I love your blog. I read it every day in the office!

    2.13.13
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  14. irene wibowo wrote:

    nice! i like it! 🙂Irene Wibowo

    2.13.13
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  15. whatkrissydidnext wrote:
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  16. brooke wrote:

    i love your DIYs! these earrings are so 70s fabulous, but they could appear modern with bold color cord. love the green ones!

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  17. these are lovely!

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  18. Very pretty DIY!
    And easy, too!
    Must try this!

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    Fashion & DIYs

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  19. Very chic and trendy!

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  20. Isa wrote:

    I LOVE tassels! I’ve been meaning to make myself some jewelry with them for a while now, this is the perfect inspiration!

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    2.13.13
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  21. Lejla wrote:

    Who would have guessed how siple this can be…Super!

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    2.13.13
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  22. Ambyr wrote:

    These are super cute. I really love the green ones. I’m always looking for fun, colorful earring ideas.

    xoxo
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  24. Reptilia wrote:

    Beautiful and easy! I will try!

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    xx

    2.13.13
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  25. Domonique wrote:

    Super cute- I think I wanna try them in black and gold 🙂

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    x

    2.13.13
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  26. this is reallyyy cute!

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    2.13.13
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  27. ana wrote:

    Hi!
    great DIY
    We have a GIVEAWAY running.Checkout our blog:

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    with love,
    Ana

    2.13.13
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  28. I’ve been keeping the tassels you made for a bag in the back of my mind for a future project. I love that you’ve now made them into earrings too!

    http://www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

    2.13.13
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  29. Mandy wrote:

    Looks good! wanna make them!

    xoxo
    My Blog, Blonde but not least

    2.13.13
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  30. Lauren wrote:

    Love these! I am definitely going to give it a try.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

    2.13.13
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  31. Chelsea wrote:

    yep, def making xoxo chelsea http://nowismagic.blogspot.com

    2.13.13
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  32. B. wrote:

    Love these! The sorbet colors are perfect for spring. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    2.13.13
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  33. Shelby wrote:

    I know what I’m doing this weekend!

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  34. Kim wrote:

    wow pretty and fairly easy 🙂

    2.13.13
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  35. marta wrote:

    i love tassel earrings… have one pair that is an icelandic design and they go with everything! :):)

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  36. i.s. wrote:
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  37. Vanessa wrote:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

    Vanessa
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    2.13.13
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  38. kristina wrote:

    these are so beautiful, i just love all of your diy’s 😉 xoxo

    2.13.13
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  39. Nuria wrote:

    You are very creative!!

    2.13.13
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  40. I love these, but I don’t think that they would look good on me.

    -Haley-
    haleyvalerie.blogspot.com

    2.13.13
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  41. wow, the green ones are my favorites! 🙂

    2.14.13
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  42. Paula wrote:

    I have this exact tassel hanging off my handbag – but I didn’t make it :S Might give it a go!

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

    2.14.13
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  43. Jane wrote:

    I like it

    2.14.13
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  44. Laure wrote:

    Great idea !!!! Thanks for sharing 😉
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  45. carolina wrote:

    Oh, i love this! 🙂

    xo
    Carolina
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  46. Jaeger wrote:
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  47. merv wrote:

    love this!!!!

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  48. waw, love it…

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  49. oh my dior wrote:

    pretty pretty tutorial!

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    2.14.13
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  50. Charlotte wrote:

    Great idea!
    – Charlotte
    http://fashiongirl134.blogspot.com

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  51. Carol wrote:

    Graceful, I will have a try, thank you for sharing:)

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  52. january wrote:

    you have THE best DIY’s!

    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

    2.16.13
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  53. I love absolutely all of your DIY’s.

    2.16.13
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  54. nina wrote:

    I love all your diy tutorials…everything is great especially jewelry..:)..Maybe you can do a tutorial with a chunky chain bracelet….I found a big plastic chain necklace but i would like to make a bracelet like on this picture i sent you…with some rhinestones or crystals on it….. could you give me some examples ?:) thank you so much… kisses from Serbia 🙂 http://images.thesartorialist.com/photos/92510Viv_8078Web.jpg

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  56. Steph wrote:

    Is it 20 each earring of each colour? 25meters just sounds so much for 2 earrings & making some for my sister too, wondering if that left you with spare?

    2.24.13
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  57. Rita wrote:

    I love the design. Simple, easy to do but special. Nice look.

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  58. meixi wrote:

    That is so smart!
    I would love to make one in shades of aqua <3

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    2.28.13
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  59. ana wrote:

    Hi! about this tutorial I have a little question: the bunch won’t get unglued if it’s pulled down a bit strongly?

    3.11.13
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  60. Alexa wrote:

    Great tutuorial! Tassel earrings are so cool and yours look like the ones you can find in a store.
    http://lexiluthor.blogspot.com/
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  61. desiree wrote:

    Just curious, when you order from the site you ordered from, how many of each material do you receive? like how many bead caps and brass beads in one order?

    5.22.13
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  62. Mini Me wrote:

    I love these! I think i’m going to try to make it soon!

    6.14.13
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  63. there are many such tassel jewelry in the market. But I know you must be the creator!

    8.6.13
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  64. These are so cute and easy to make. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  67. Another great tutorial! I love tassel DIYs- have done like 5 for my blog hapinesswherever.wordpress.com !

    10.20.14
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  68. Pamela Scholl wrote:

    I love your D.Y.I. tassel earrings, but I have not been able to find the corrugated brass caps. Can you help?

    4.3.15
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  69. Clara M wrote:

    Hi Erica!

    I was searching for an email to contact, but could not find one. I am an editor for HGTV.com and would love to feature the last photo of the tassel earrings. Please email me for more details. Thank you!

    6.2.16
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  70. meenakshi wrote:

    These tassel earrings are amazing and a tutorial is quite self-explanatory. They look so pretty and lively.
    I got inspired by your blog post and tried the Tassel earrings of my own.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdW996-72Mk

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