DIY Leather Earrings. Learn how to create your own custom leather earrings easily with the Cricut Explore. You can customize the design, style, and color.

One of my favorite things about my Cricut machine 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 DIY leather earrings.

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DIY Leather Earrings


Create Design in Cricut Design Space

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. The two images I used – Flourish #M34075 and Branch #M372A5.

Cricut Design Space File: Leather Earrings

I sized the leaf/branch 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 in the layers panel.

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

Cut Leather Earring Designs with Cricut

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 Smart Set 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: 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 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 piercing 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.


30 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!

  3. Thanks for this Laura I recently tried cutting leatherette on the blue mat face up let’s just say I wasted the material and ended up using scissors.
    I will definitely try it your way

  4. Hi! I am having trouble finding the leaf pattern under flourish. Do you know if it is still available? Thanks for the help!

    • Brittany,
      Try typing in Branch #M372A5 into the image search bar. It should be the first image to pop up. The original color of the design is brown and pink. Or you can click on the link to my project and then just delete the one you don’t want. Click here: Leather Earrings.. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Laura have you ever tried making a bracelet with the faux leather? Having trouble finding the right closure device for how thin the leather is. Didn’t know if you had any ideas.

    • Janet,
      I have not made a bracelet with the faux leather, but it sounds like a fun idea. I think you could use the same technique as the earrings and poking a hole and using a jump ring. Then attach each jump ring to the clasp of your choice.

  6. Thank You so much for this post!!! I’ve been wanting to make some faux leather earrings, but was really afraid of messing up lol with your very clear instructions, I think I can do it!! Off to order some faux leather!! Love the leaf earrings!! Tx so much for helping out this newbie!! Oh,any suggestions for where to buy the other materials??

  7. Hello!

    I tried making leather earrings last night using faux leather fabric I bought from Walmart. I have the Cricut explore air 2. I watched multiple videos and tried different things. Fabric face up and faced down, backing it with transfer tape, using the deep cut blade and the regular blade. Every time I tried to cut a design the fabric would move. I was also using the strong grip map. Do you think you could help me with this? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or if it’s the fabric.

    • Briana,
      Are you using the Cricut faux leather or another brand? I had great success with the Cricut faux leather on a strong grip mat with the fabric face down. You could try using some masking tape/painters tape around the edges of your fabric before cutting and that should help hold everything in place.

  8. If I couldn’t find the faux leather color/design that I wanted but found the vinyl in the color/design, couldn’t I just cut the vinyl and put it on top of the leather?

    • Lisa,
      I think that would work great! Just follow the instructions on both materials for the temperature and time to set the iron-on material. I would go with the lowest setting and adjust from there to get a good bond.

  9. I am trying to make earrings that have the center cut out of them. Once it cuts the outside of the earrings, it comes off the mat. Any suggestions for getting it to stay on the mat throughout the entire cut?

    • Karla,
      I asked in my Cricut group. You want to make sure the inside cuts before the outside. To do this you have to rearrange the layers in the layers panel. It cuts from bottom to top, so you will want to move those into the correct positions. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much! I guess that makes sense if I stop and think about it! Thanks for taking the time to ask around! Merry Christmas!

  10. I am new to the cricut, I recently bought an Air Explore 2. When I cut the faux leather I have, which is not cricut brand it doesn’t cut through the front side of the fabric. I have it set on the Faux leather and you can see it cuts through the back but not the front. Any ideas?

  11. Hello, I appreciate your tutorial for the leather earrings… I tried several times, setting my material to paper thin and the 1mm like you suggested. I pressed my leather fuzzy side up and pressed really good but everytime the leather would move. Brand new purple strong grip mat too. Can you advise to what be wrong. Thank you.

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