Can you tell I have a thing for tassels (see posts here & here)? They are so easy to make and add a fun flair to lots of projects! Today's tassel DIY is how to create earrings out of embroidery floss.
- Embroidery floss
- A 3x3 inch square of cardboard or this paper
- Earring hooks
- Jump rings
- 2 beads
- Needle nose pliers
Start by cutting 3, 1 foot sections of embroidery floss and set those aside. With the remaining embroidery floss from your first spool, wrap it loosly around the square of cardboard, keeping the strands close together and not too tight. Slide off your loop of thread, and take 1 of the 1 foot sections of embroidery floss, and tie a knot at one end.
Using your scissors, cut the loop on the opposite end of the knot you just tied. Lay out your tassel and, using another 1 foot section of floss, tie a knot about a 1/2 inch down from the top. I wrapped the floss around several times to really secure it in place.
Now take your earring hoop and attach the jump ring using your needle nose pliers. Thread the dangling embroidery floss at the top of the tassel through your bead; then knot it around the jump ring. Bring the floss around the side of the bead evenly on each side and knot several times beneath the bead.
(The next part is not pictured, sorry!) Now thread the remaining pieces under your first section where you wrapped the floss around the entire tassel. At this point, I tried my earrings on and thought 2 things: "These are too long!" and "If the wind blows, these tassels are going to get a bit frayed!" So, I trimmed the earring by 1/2 inch and added a second section of floss wrapping near the bottom of the tassel, simply repeating what I did in the previous step.
Repeat the entire process for the second earring. It only takes about 10 minutes!
I wore these out to a park date with my friends and they were a big hit! Do I smell potential Christmas gifts for next year...? ;) I can't wait to make variations on this DIY, making earrings in different colors, adding various beads, and playing with the length!
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