DIY: Holly Golightly Earplugs

“All the time, a disturbance! I get no sleep!

I got to get my rest! I’m an artist!”

~Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi

in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

***UPDATE! You can now buy these ear plugs on my Etsy site by clicking here. I will make a pair just for you!***

My most popular post is by far is the Holly Golightly Sleep Mask DIY. When I made the mask, I also made a matching pair of Holly’s darling earplugs! The trick to making them like the pair Holly has in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is to make them short. The pairs that I have found on sale online are way too long! Holly’s are short and have gold thread in them! Like I said with the Sleep Mask, since I could not find a pair I liked, I made them myself from tassel directions on Sew 4 Home. Maybe even Mr. Yunioshi would have slept better had he made these earplugs!


  • Tapestry needle
  • Cardboard
  • Lilac embroidery floss
  • Platinum embroidery floss
  • Ear plugs


1. Determine the finished length of your tassel and cut a piece of cardboard that is 5″ wide x twice your determined length. For example, if you want your tassel to be 2″ from top to bottom like mine, cut a piece of cardboard that is 5″ wide x 4″ high. Fold your cardboard in half. If you are doing my measurements, the folded piece is now 5″ wide x 4″ high.

2. Cut a strand of floss about 12″. Most stands of cotton embroidery floss are actually made up of six twisted threads.This twisted set of threads makes up one strand. Insert your 12″ floss strand in between your folded cardboard. This strand will eventually become your tassel tie.

3. Wrap floss around and around the cardboard. The more you wrap, the fuller your tassel. Start with the lilac and then switch to the platinum and then back to the lilac. Wrap around the cardboard around 100 times.

4. With one hand, hold the wrapped cardboard flat against a tabletop. With the other hand, grab both ends of your tie strand and gently pull it down and out the open end of the cardboard. Once out, you can let go with your first hand and use both hands to make a knot around the floss bundle with the tie strand.

5. With your scissors, cut along the opposite, folded edge to free your tassel from the cardboard.

6. Make two to three additional knots with the tie strand to secure, adjusting your floss bundle if necessary to make sure you’re knotting as close as possible to the exact middle of the floss bundle.

7. For the wrap, cut at least a 24″ strand of floss. Fold this strand in half and thread both cut ends through the end of your upholstery needle.

8. Take your floss bundle and fold it in half at the knot. Circle your wrap strand around the bundle approximately 1⁄4″ to 1⁄2″ from the top. This section from the top to the wrap is the head, you can adjust the size to whatever you’d like, but the rule of thumb is: the thinner the tassel, the smaller the head. Pass your needle back through the strand loop and pull tight to secure.

9. Once secured, circle your wrap strand around your floss bundle as many times as needed to achieve the look you want. Again, the look is up to you, but about eight to ten wraps is a good average. When you’re finished going around and around, pass your needle back through the wrapped threads and pull tight. Trim off the excess. Trim the bottom of your tassel to shorten and even edges as needed. If you want, you can also separate and fluff each strand’s individual threads to fluff it out even more.

10. Use the tie strand to attach the tassel to the earplugs.

“Wednesdays I generally just don’t go to bed

because I have to be up to catch the 10:45.”

~Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly 

in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Tassel instructions from:
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