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Nasty Gal inspired Tassel Earrings

It’s Monday again, so time for your weekly DIY-dose. I know you’ve been waiting for it since I’ve left you hanging last week, right? Believe me, it’s strange to not craft and post a DIY for me as well. Nah, just kidding. It can be real nice to sometimes lay back and do nothing blog-related for a change, it’s hard to believe since Make&Mess is kind of my baby (growing bigger and bigger every day, yay!) but it can be a bit exhausting since I’m constantly thinking about what to post next, posting on social media and look for inspiration, and I’m doing this on my own.

Okay, I know a lot of people blog on their own (and I always have a huge respect for you guys), and I bet like every blogger you sometimes compare yourself to the successful ones like I do. That can be either inspiring or strenuous, and then I realize that all those blogs work with a bunch of people and not only one and I start being proud of myself again.

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So this project here started again with a little inspiration hunting on Pinterest, I found those very cool Nasty Gal tassel earrings and saw that I could easily craft ones that would be similar to them. I was even more motivated after my little Statement Earring research a couple of days back, so this was virtually a no-brainer. Let’s get started:

You need:

  • Small and thin golden hoop earrings (you can work with thicker ones as well but then need two jump rings!)
  • Pearl cotton in a colour of your choice (I chose black)
  • Golden end caps
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue

First prepare your tassels! Decide on the length of your tassels and prepare the piece of cardboard accordingly. Wrap the pearl cotton around the piece of cardboard for as many times as you like, depending on the thickness you want for your tassels (I wrapped it around for 25 times).

tassel-1Detach the pearl cotton from the piece of cardboard and tie together the threads on one end, then wrap another piece of thread around the upper part of the tassel. Sever the threads on the lower part with a scissor (for a more thorough tutorial look here).

tassel-2Bring end cap and tassel together by putting some glue inside the end cap and carefully pushing the ‘head’ of your tassel into the end cap. Let dry and repeat with the other tassel.

tassel-3Time to put everything together! Disassemble the earrings if you have bought some with a charm. Unhook the hoop earrings and thread the tassel-end cap-combination on the hoop. If your end caps do not fit on the hoops, attach a jump ring to each end cap, then thread everything on the hoop. Repeat with the other one. Done!

Well that was easy again, almost too easy for such beautiful statement earrings. It only took me about half an hour of actual crafting excluding the time for setting everything up and taking the pictures. I think that’s another example what great inspiration you can find in online shops and how easy it is to copycat expensive pieces! What do you think? Hope you are inspired!

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    Dana
    3rd November 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Love this DIY, the outcome is amazing, never would guess they’re handmade!

    Dana || fashion-dew.blogspot.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      3rd November 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks a lot!

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    Trang Do
    4th November 2015 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful idea!! Love those earrings! Love that last pic!! 🙂
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      4th November 2015 at 11:31 am

      Thank you!

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    Alexandra
    4th November 2015 at 3:15 pm

    These earrings are lovely! Thanks for sharing!
    Alexandra ~ ArtMandy.ro

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th November 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you!

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    Margot
    5th November 2015 at 5:20 am

    I love theses earrings !
    Good job !
    Xx
    Margot.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th November 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Glad you like them!

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    Jess
    8th November 2015 at 3:55 am

    Dudeeee these are so clever. I never thought to use chainstore earrings as hooks! The ones in craft stores are always the wrong shape and seem to never be hypoallergenic.

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    Annie Abbey
    11th November 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh I need these in my life they are amazing!!! I love your blog so much! You have so many great ideas I am starting to pop over here every time I am in D.I.Y. rut!
    Xoxo
    Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      11th November 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m flattered!

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    Linda
    18th November 2015 at 3:34 am

    These are so cute! I’ve been browsing around for DIY earring ideas and these are just adorable. I love that you got inspiration from Nasty Gal and made your own – that site is so expensive!! 😡 Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Linda
    http://www.asweetafternoon.com

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    Isabella Lessa
    2nd February 2016 at 2:11 am

    AMEI o diy e o blog!

    Beijos,

    Isabella | http://isabellalessa.com

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    Inspiration | 10 Pieces of Jewellery You Can Easily DIY - Make&Mess
    2nd August 2017 at 4:55 pm

    […] My way: Firstly make two tassels with embroidery thread. Glue them into golden end caps, then attach them to small hoop earrings (find cheap ones at H&M, for example). Or, just follow my tutorial! […]

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