DIY Leather Earrings. Learn how to create custom leather earrings easily with a Cricut machine. You can customize the design, style, and color.
Craft supplies are not always cheap. You’ve spent a lot of money on that piece of faux leather only to have it shift off the mat, not cut all the way through, or even worse, destroy it completely.
Frustration brews when a project doesn’t turn out the way you plan. But you are in luck!
Today, I am going to show you how you can make gorgeous leather earrings with lots of helpful tips on how to get it to cut right the first time. All the trial and error has already been done for you, by me.
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How to Make DIY Leather Earrings
- Cricut Machine
- StrongGrip Cutting Mat
- Faux Leather – Sapphire
- Fishhook Finding
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Jump Ring
- Fabri-Tac Glue
Create Design in Cricut Design Space
Start by creating your design in Cricut Design Space™.
Cricut Design Space File: Leather Earrings
I sized the leaf/branch design to 1.5″ wide (which is 1.5″ tall with the way we are going to use the branch). For the branch shape, I deleted the pink layer for the leaves, so it was just the background image.
The flourish design I made 1.75″ wide (again, this will make the earring 1.75″ tall).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 in the layers panel.
Helpful tip: Keep the padlock closed when editing the height or width to keep your image proportional.
Cut Leather Earrings with Cricut
Click Make It. Edit Project Copies to 2 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.
Place your faux leather on the StrongGrip mat face down.
Set the Smart Set Dial to Custom (if using Cricut Explore machines) and choose “Leather, Faux, 1mm”. Load your mat and click Go.
Helpful tip: Place the leather on the mat with the fuzzy side up. You can place your material on the mat 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.
Attach Jewelry Findings
To finish off the leaf branch 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 flat-nose pliers to pull open the jump ring, attach the jump ring to the earring, and then close the jump ring securely.
For the flourish earrings, use a piercing tool to create a small hole in the top of the leather design.
Open the bottom loop of the fishhook finding using flat-nose pliers. Thread the loop through the leather earrings.
Close the loop using your pliers.
Cricut Access includes so many fun designs that would make adorable earrings. Try searching for the words flourish, leaf, or feather. Also, check out the leather earring cartridge for more beautiful designs.
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:
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