- 24 gauge wire in silver or gold
- a pair of old hoop earrings in silver or gold (any size you prefer)
- Embroidery floss in at least 3 colors
- a tape measure or ruler
- a safety pin or sewing needle
- wire cutters
- chain nose pliers
I’ve been noticing a trend of embroidery thread and tassels being incorporated into a lot of earrings that are for sale lately. (As seen in the examples above.) So I thought i’d take that inspiration and turn it into a DIY version that you can do at home very inexpensively. So, get ready to break out that old embroidery floss and let’s get started!
Begin by cutting your embroidery thread into 4″ pieces. You will need to cut 16 of these 4″ strips for each of your 3 thread colors. When finished you should have 3 piles of 4″ strips looking like the ones above.
Next, take 5 pieces of your thread strips and lay them together in a straight line. You can use whichever colors you prefer, that’s up to you. Next fold that line of thread in half and hold onto the bottom so that the top forms a loop as seen in the above picture.
Pick up one of the hoop earrings and lay that loop of thread under the bottom of the hoop like the image on the left. Now hold onto the bottom of the threads and bring them up and over the hoop and through that loop of thread at the top and pull down. It should form a knot. If you flip the hoop over the knot should look like the ones in the picture on the above right. Now repeat the above steps until you have 10 fringe tassels on your hoop.
When you are finished making all 10 of the thread tassels the hoop should look like the one above. Take your scissors and trim the tassels to your desired length.
Next, take your wire and cut off 1.5″ with your wire cutters. Grab hold of the first tassel and slide it away from the other tassels to give you room to work and begin carefully wrapping the wire around the base of the knot on the tassel. It helps if you hold the end of the tassel taught while you wrap the wire tightly around. Use your chain nose pliers to help you finish the wire and hold it in place and trim the excess with the wire cutters.
When you are done wire wrapping all of the tassels, it should look like the picture in the above left. Now take your safety pin or a needle and gently comb apart the embroidery thread to give the tassels a fluffier appearance.
When you are done combing out all the tassels your earring is complete. Now repeat all of these steps to make the other earring and voila! You are done.
I chose to use sterling silver hoops because it was all I had on hand. Since I was using silver hoops I decided to go with a cooler color palette to compliment the silver. Then instead of using silver wire i decided to go with gold for a contrasting metal look. Feel free to try this project with any size hoops and any combination of metals and thread colors.
These earrings have the whole boho vibe going on so I will probably pair them with flowy dresses and skirts this summer. Have fun making them and let me know in the comments how they came out or if you have any questions.
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