Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY ~ Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Raffia Tassel Earrings

Hi lovelies!  I think we've all had our eyes on the raffia tasseled Dolce & Gabbana earrings since we first saw them.  They epitomize easy breezy summery fun, and I knew I had to recreate them.  {Click to keep reading!}

You'll need:

  • Colored raffia (rather than spend on rolls of the stuff, I repurposed some from this old fan my mom brought me back from a trip, you could find something similar at a gift shop or thrift store)
  • Filigree earrings (if you have trouble finding some, etsy has a ton!)
  • Matching metal wire (I used 24 gauge) and jump rings (I used 6mm)
  • Pompoms
  • Wooden beads
  • Not shown: scissors, jewelry pliers, wire cutters

Make a tassel by wrapping your strand of raffia around a piece of paper slightly longer than you'd like your tassel to be.  Slide it off, wrap a spare piece around the top and tie it securely into a knot.  Pull the ends down so they become part of the tassel, and trim the ends to your desired length.

Repeat for as many tassels as you'd like.

Once you've made all you tassels, start playing around with your supplies and figure out the design.

Thread a jump ring through a loop on a tassel and attach it to the earring as shown above.

If there are no spaces to attach the jump ring where you'd like it, improvise by using some wire as I did for the orange tassel above!

To attach your pom poms, thread a piece of wire through the center, and coil one end.  Pull it until the coil is hidden in the pom pom/

Attach it by wrapping the wire around the earring securely.  Similarly for the beads, thread the wire through them and attach by twisting both ends together and through the earring.

And that's it!  So easy, and so light on the ears!  They are the perfect summer accessory, sure to punch up any outfit.  They're so boho chic, they'll go great with anything and everything!

How you make them is up to you, use more pom poms, different colors, same with the beads.  Or mix up the raffia colors so you have multicolored tassels, etc.  The options are seriously endless.

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