One of my favorite things about my Cricut Explore is the wide range of materials it can cut. I received some faux leather from Cricut and wanted to try making something with it. I thought leather earrings would be fun! Today, I am going to show you how you can make your own leather earrings.

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Start by creating your design in Cricut Design Space™. I found my images by searching for the word “flourish”. This pulls up lots of fun designs you can make into earrings. 

Cricut Design Space File: Leather Earrings 
Images I used – Flourish #M34075 and Branch #M372A5

I sized the leaf design to 1.5″ wide (which is actually 1.5″ tall with the way we are going to use the branch). The flourish design I made 1.75″ wide (again, this will make the earring 1.75″ tall). For the branch shape, I deleted the pink layer for the leaves, so it was just the background image. If you are cutting out the same material be sure to make them both the same color in your design. You can easily do this using the “sync” tool.

Note: Keep the lock on your size when editing the height or width to keep your image proportional and not have it distort.

Click “Go”. Make sure to choose 2 Project Copies so you get a set of earrings. If your image is not the same front and back, select “mirror image” since you will be placing your cutting material face down.

Lay your faux leather on the mat face down and cut out your shapes. Set the dial to custom and choose “Leather, Faux, 1mm”. Load your mat and click “Go”.

Note: On the package of faux leather it says you can use a standard grip (green) mat. I found the strong grip (purple) mat to work a little bit better for keeping the material on the mat.


Helpful Tip: You can place your material with the leather side up, but when the machine cuts you will end up with fuzzies on your mat. Also, you may have trouble with the leather moving around while cutting.

To finish off the branch leather earrings, use a little dot of fabric glue to attach the top edge to a jump ring. Fold the top over the jump ring and secure with glue.

Attach the jump ring to a fishhook finding. Use needle nose pliers to pull open the jump ring, attach to the earring and then close the jump ring securely.

For the flourish earrings, use a poking tool to create a small hole in the top of the leather design.

Open the bottom loop of the fishhook finding using needlenose pliers. Thread the loop through the leather earrings.

Close the loop using your pliers.

There are so many fun designs included with Cricut Access that would make adorable earrings.

I get asked all the time – what different materials can I cut with the Cricut? Below are just some of the projects I have made with my Cricut cutting out different materials:

You can see all my Cricut projects on my Cricut tutorials page.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


11 comments on “DIY Leather Earrings”

  1. wow, I had no idea you could cut faux leathwr material with the cricut! That opens up so many possibilities :) btw, just discovered your blog.. thanks for this great tutorial!

    • Aw, thank you for your kind words! I am looking forward to trying out cutting real leather with my Cricut as well. I will post a new tutorial as soon as I do. But the faux leather from Cricut is awesome. And it comes in tons of colors!

    • Jess,
      I would love to be able to help you, but I need a little more information first. What kind of machine were you using? And what material were you trying to cut?

      • oops, lol i had a moment. I tried to cut the circut faux leather (the wood grain pack) on the green mat using an explore air 2 and it cut through and left marks on the mat, and my leather was moving around. I was thinking of using the extra grip mat but I’m afraid it’ll damage it >.<

  2. I didn’t see this before so I sent you an email. But I can’t find the earring on design space under flourish

    • Michele,
      You should be able to open up this Cricut Design Space file on your computer and see the design. Save the project on your computer, and then you can use the design on your mobile app. However, the saved file I have shared will not open by itself on a mobile device. If that doesn’t work for you, you can copy and paste either “Flourish #M34075” or “Branch #M372A5” into the image search and they should be the first images that pop up. I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any more trouble.

    • Dara,
      I didn’t finish the back side of the faux leather. I simply cut out one layer and added the earring to the top. If you wanted to have leather on both sides, that is exactly what you would do. Cut out one set, then mirror the image and cut out another set. Then glue them together. I hope that helps!

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