Create beautiful Cricut leather earrings with your Cricut Machine and the Deep Cut Blade with this simple step-by-step photo and video tutorial.
Head to the end of this post for all of my tips and tricks for working with faux leather, and canvas sheets.
Recently, I fell in love with a set of leather earrings. During my weekly trip to JOANN, I spotted the new Cricut Textured Metallic Vinyl and all three colors magically hopped into my cart. Ever have that happened to you? 😉
I figured out I could make my earrings for a fraction of the price and have enough left over to give as gifts to friends. I grabbed some Cricut Metallic Leather to use as the base and headed over to the jewelry aisle to grab earrings and a pair of needle-nose pliers.
This project is so easy to make and the results are stunning! Every time, I wear my earrings in public I get questioned on where I purchased them!
Today I’m sharing five different designs so you can make a variety of different shapes depending on your own personal style! Download the SVG files and use them with any brand of cutting machine.
Table of Contents
Leather Earring Supplies
- Cricut Machine
- Deep Cut Blade
- Cricut Metallic Leather
- Cricut Textured Metallic Vinyl
- Purple Strong Grip Mat
- Green Standard Grip Mat
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Needle Nose Pliers
Watch the video below.
How to Make Leather Earrings with a Cricut
Cut out Leather and Vinyl
Begin by placing a piece of Cricut Metallic Leather on a Purple Strong Grip Mat. Apply pressure in a sweeping movement to adhere the leather to the mat. If the leather does not adhere, secure the sides of the leather to the mat using masking tape.
Download the Earring files
There are 5 different designs to chose from. Upload the designs into Design Space. They are already pre-sized for you but you can make them smaller or larger depending on your preference.
If you would like to cut all of the earrings at once, change the designs to be one color.
Move the star wheels all the way to the right-hand side of the machine. Switch out the Fine-Point Blade for the Deep-Cut Blade.
Select “Make” in Design Space, then choose Metallic Leather as the cutting option. *I always select “more pressure” to make sure it cuts all the way through the leather.
Insert the Mat into the Cricut Machine and begin cutting. Once the cut h
*Don’t forget to reuse the scraps using SnapMat.
Move the star wheels back to their original position and switch back to the Fine-Point Blade. Cut a section of vinyl large enough for the earrings you wish to make and apply it to the mat.
*in the photo I precut three different shades of vinyl and arranged all of my cut files to fit within the sections.
Select the type of vinyl you are cutting, insert the mat and eject it once it has finished cutting all of the earring files.
Transfer Vinyl onto Leather
Weed the individual earrings by carefully peeling back the excess vinyl.
Cover the earrings with a sheet of transfer tape and burnish the vinyl onto the transfer tape. Cut the sets of earrings into pairs and remove the white paper backing.
If you left the leather earrings on the purple mat they will line up perfectly with the vinyl. Place the vinyl on top of the earrings and use a scraper to burnish the vinyl onto the leather. Peel away the transfer tape to reveal the earrings. Repeat this process on all of the earrings.
Using a small Cricut spatula, lift each earring off of the mat.
Attach Metal Hooks to Earrings
Now it’s time to attach the metal hooks to the earrings. Using a pair of needle-nose pliers gently open the eye of the earring until it’s wide enough to allow the earring to fit through it.
Use an awl to poke a hole through the earring and then insert the hook into the hole from the back of the earring. Use your needle nose pliers to close the earring. Repeat this process on all of the earrings.
Now you have a beautiful set of handmade leather earrings!!
I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial. Don’t be afraid to get creative and use new materials with this tutorial.
Just a few ideas to spark your creativity, t
Here are my tips for working with Faux Leather and Canvas Sheets
- Use a brand new Purple Strong Grip Mat.
- Place the Faux Leather shiny or pretty side facing downward. This helps to prevent marks imprinting on the leather from the star wheels. It also allows the machine to cut through the backing.
- Use a Brayer to adhere the leather to the mat or pressure from your hands.
- Secure the Faux Leather to the Mat with masking tape around all four edges if you notice any movement or if you are using an older mat.
- Select Faux Leather - Paper Thin and change the pressure to “More.” If you are using Canvas sheets select Canvas and change the pressure to “More.”
- If it doesn’t cut all the way through try swapping out your old blade for a new Cricut Blade.
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