DIY Leather Tassel Earrings

Leather is one of my very favorite materials to work with and I am in love with the tassels that have been showing up everywhere from clothing to accessories, and in more streamlined forms in home decor.  When I stumbled upon a large, pink leather, full-length skirt for a few dollars at the thrift store, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. These DIY tassel earrings are feminine, a little punk and simple to make.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-1Supplies needed to make your own tassel earrings with handmade tassels:


Leather Tassel Earrings cutting toolsIf you want to skip a couple of steps, I listed the supplies for “Half DIY” tassel earrings below.  You will still be connecting the jewelry pieces, but skip the actual tassel making part.

To HALF DIY the tassel earrings:

tasselsYou will need one jump ring and some sort of earring finding, either a fishhook or leverback works great!  I went ahead and bought this findings kit that is nickel free for about $7.00.  If you don’t have sensitive ears, you can pick up findings kits even cheaper.  (Case in point, this kit is only$3.57.)  You will also need these end crimps if you are DIYing the tassel earrings from scratch.

Tassel Earring for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Supplies NeededLet’s start with the leather though…

Step 1: Cut out a small square of leather.  The longer the length, the longer your tassel earrings.  The width should only be about 1-2″ to fit into the small jewelry hardware.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-2Step 2: Using SHARP fabric scissors, cut small strips about 3/4 to 5/6 of the way up the leather piece.  Leave a solid, uncut portion at the top.  Once you have a fringe, you can add more texture by snipping the ends off randomly at an angle.

Tassel Earring for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Cutting

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-3Step 3: Add a tiny dot of glue to one end of the leather piece.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-4Step 4: Roll it up as tight as you can and secure with another tiny dab of glue.  The glue WILL discolor the leather, so make sure you use a tiny bit and keep it on the inside of your roll.  Hold the roll closed for a minute or so until the glue has dried enough to keep it held tight.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-5Step 5: Now it is time to add your hardware.  Take one of your large rectangular end caps, open it slightly with jewelry pliers and place it on the side of your leather roll.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-6Step 6: Use your pliers to squeeze the end cap shut.  You might want to use a tiny (tiny) dot of glue on the inside of the endcap to make sure it is secure.  Repeat on the other side.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-7Step 7:  Attach a jump ring to the two end caps by opening it up all the way.  This is NOT the correct way to open a jump ring.  Typically, you open it side to side instead of wide like this so you do not weaken it.

DIY-tassel-earrings-Crafts-Unleashed-8To avoid opening the jump ring all the way, you could put together the hardware first and then attach the tassel (see below), but I found it much more cumbersome.  I decided a weaker jump ring was worth it in this case.

Tassel Earring for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Findings ArrangementIf you are building your tassel earrings from the pre-made tassels available at Consumer Crafts, you simply add a jump ring between a fish hook or lever back.

Tassel Earring for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

So the question is whether or not to DIY the earring from scratch or use the premade Consumer Crafts tassels.  The tassels cost $1.77 for  2 sets, or 4 tassels, while leather costs just $1-2 for a large skirt, purse or jacket at the thrift store.  Add in the cost of the glue, fabric scissors and end crimps and you are at around $20.  If you already HAVE the glue and scissors, then your cost is less to DIY the earrings and of course you get a wider range of leather types and colors to choose from.  Totally up to you!  I think I might just do BOTH!



About Amy Renea

Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living!


  1. says

    Great tutorial! :) Anyway, I was wondering if you would mind if I put a link to this tutorial on my post? I did a tutorial for DIY tassel earrings ( and thought of doing a DIY tassel tutorial as well- but there are so many good tutorials out there already, there didn’t seem to be much point! So going to do a compendium post of all the tassel tutorials out there instead :) Would love to include yours! :)

  2. Patricia Routt says

    Amy, if they turn out good I will post. One thing, it doesn’t take much to make a pair so I can keep trying until I get it right.

  3. says

    Thank you so much Marilyn!! Patricia, I would love to see the result if you create some tassels of your own!! Pease share with us on the CU facebook page, ok?

  4. Patricia Routt says

    I love these. How lucky you were to find pink leather. I have some old leather that I can no longer wear, and just could not let go of. I think I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.


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