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Learn how to make Leather Earrings with this easy tutorial. We’re sharing tips, tricks and everything you need to know about making leather earrings with your Cricut. We also have a fabulous collection of free SVG cut files that you can use to start making earrings Today!
I’ve always loved making jewelry and as soon as I started seeing more and more leather earrings, I knew I had to start making them! This is definitely one of those things where you say to yourself – I can totally make that myself! And, the best part of making leather earrings is that it’s an easy DIY project that anyone can do.
So, whether you’re looking to make leather earrings for fun or for business, I’m sharing everything you need to know about making leather earrings that everyone will love.
Not only do leather earrings look good on everyone, but they make great gifts and they are inexpensive to make. You’ll be able to make multiple pairs of earrings with supplies that are available at local craft stores.
Supplies Needed to Make Leather Earrings
- Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, and Cricut Joy can all be used to cut leather for your DIY earrings. You will also need the Deep Cut Blade if you are cutting thicker leather. The Cricut Explore Air 2 comes with with Fine-Point Blade and that will cut faux leather.
- You’ll need something sharp to poke holes for the jump rings and earring hooks. I recommend using the Cricut Weeder for this because you probably already have one. You can also use an upholstery needle or a piercing tool.
- StrongGrip Mat and a Brayer – I like to use a brayer to make sure the leather is evenly adhered to the cutting mat.
- Jewelry Pliers to open jump rings and earring hooks. I recommend using two pairs of pliers – one to hold the jump ring and one to open the ring. This will definitely make it easier.
- You will also need earring hooks and jump rings to make leather earrings. The jump rings make it easier to attach the earring hooks to the leather. The holes are usually too far down for the small opening of the earring hooks so I recommend adding a jump ring first and then the earring hook.
- And, of course, you’ll need leather.
Free SVG Cut Files for Leather Earrings
Now that you have the supplies that you need, you’ll need SVG files to make leather earrings. I’m sharing a simple teardrop SVG along with three open teardrop cut files that you can download for FREE. Just add your name and email in the form below and these FREE cut files will be delivered right to your inbox. Then, open your email and save the SVG file to your computer. It’s that easy!
And, because we love our readers and we love sharing FREE cut files, I’ve teamed up with my favorite designersto bring you a fabulous collection of 12 FREE Earring SVG Cut Files so you can create awesome earrings with your Cricut.
Visit each link below to download the free SVG cut file:
- 5 Simple Shapes with Cutouts by The Country Chic Cottage
- Pineapple Earrings by Pineapple Paper Co.
- Split Circles Earrings by That’s What Che Said
- Heart Eye Emoji Earrings by Hello Creative Family
- Glitter & Suede Earrings by Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
- Watermelon Earrings by Happiness is Homemade
- Flower & Vine Earrings by 100 Directions
- Teardrop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
- Teacher/Apple Earrings by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
- Arch Earrings by Crafting in the Rain
- Feather Earrings by Mad in Crafts
- Linked Heart Earrings by 30 Minute Crafts
Tips for making Leather Earrings
- A sticky mat is very important! I recommend using the StrongGrip Mat or a newer StandardGrip Mat because you need the leather to stick to the mat without moving.
- Clean your blade after every cut or at least check to make sure there isn’t any material stuck to the blade.
- If your faux leather has a fuzzy back or doesn’t seem to be sticking to the mat, add a layer of transfer tape over the material to keep the leather from sliding off the mat while cutting.
- To cut leather with your Cricut Explore Air 2, you’ll want to make sure the dial is set to custom so you can select the correct material. There are a few different leather options depending on the thickness of the leather you’re cutting.
What Size Should I cut?
Are you wondering what size you should make your leather earrings? Remember, the earring hooks and jump rings will add at least an 3/4 of an inch to the length of each earring.
I’ve seen so many different sizes on Etsy and online. I recommend sizing the cut files in Design Space to be anywhere from 1.5 inches high to 3 inches depending on how big you want your earrings. I usually keep my earrings around 2 inches high. Keep the proportions locked in Design Space so when you adjust the height, the width adjusts. I’m not usually worried about the width, just the height.
Best Places to buy LeatheR
Cricut has a few different options that are great for making leather earrings. Their faux leather is easy to cut and comes in a variety of colors. They also have soft metallic leather and genuine leather. My favorite is their Rose Gold Leather.
I’ve also purchased leather from Amazon and Etsy and I’ve been very happy. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from so that will be the hardest part of this entire project. I love using glitter leather and cork leather to make beautiful earrings.
Fabric stores and craft stores also have leather. I recommend visiting online stores first to see if they have leather trim, leather fabric and leather ribbon. This is what you will want to type in the search box.
Can I Make Leather Earrings without a Cricut?
The answer is YES! You will want to invest in a good pair of craft scissors and you’ll need to use simple templates and patterns. You can also purchase precut leather shapes on Etsy and then just add jump rings and earring hooks.
Have you tried making your own leather earrings? Comment below with any other tips you have that might help other crafters. I also have a fun Glitter Leather Earring Tutorial that I think you’ll love.