Make these DIY bunny faux leather earrings with Hobby Lobby faux leather and iron-on heat transfer vinyl (HTV) material.
These DIY Easter leather earrings can be created with Hobby Lobby faux leather and heat transfer materials. The faux leather cut easily on my Cricut Maker, but you can also cut it on a Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2. The bunnies turned out so cute with white glitter heat transfer material.
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Details for making these DIY Easter leather earrings can be seen in my YouTube video below. Below I’ll share some tips for working with the Hobby Lobby faux leather, but you’ll need to watch the video to see the full tutorial
What You’ll Need to make these DIY Easter leather earrings :
- Cricut Machine – I recommend the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
- Heat n Bond
- Hobby Lobby Faux leather ribbon
- Cricut Transfer Tape, Strong Grip
- Earring wire hooks with balls
- Earring Backs
- Cricut Cutting Mats – You need new or very sticky cutting mats.
- Cricut Easy Press
- Cricut Easy Press Mat
- Basic Cricut Tools
- Cricut Brayer
- Huge Cricut tools Bundle
- Leather hole punch (Larger holes, smallest is 2)
Other Great Go-to Items for DIY Earrings
- Leather Scissors
- Here is what I use to smooth my leather edges.
- Crafter’s Pick Fabric glue
- Cricut Transfer Tape, Standard Grip
- Leather hole punch – This leather punch makes much smaller holes than the one above.
- Earring Cards – I use these because they are tall enough that my earrings can fully hang while in the jewelry bags. If your earrings hang longer than your cards, they will not look as good when you put them into the plastic bags.
- Plastic bags for earrings
DIY Easter leather earrings SVG
Select an earring template and upload it into Cricut Design Space.
You can find many templates for your earrings on Design Bundles, Pinterest and Etsy. Many bloggers offer them for free and others are available for sale on the Etsy website.
For these Easter faux leather earrings, I used this Easter SVG earring bundle for my teardrop earring. Any teardrop shape works!
I used this bunny rabbit svg file for my bunny rabit.
I took a picture of my Hobby Lobby faux leather on the roll below. This is what I used for my teardrops.
I also took a picture of the Heat n Bond for those of you that haven’t used this in the past.
Heat Transfer Vinyl Tip
Often, heat transfer vinyl doesn’t stick well to the mats. I use Washi tape (left over from old projects) to hold it down, as shown below.
Here are my bunnies on heat transfer vinyl that has a houndstooth pattern.
The bunny tails are on the white glitter heat transfer vinyl below. I ended up making my bunnies out of white heat transfer vinyl.
Applying Heat n Bond to back of Faux Leather
Grab Heat n Go.
I cut a piece of Hobby Lobby faux leather.
Turn it over to see the back side, where you’ll be applying the Heat n Go.
Cut a piece of Heat n Go that is the same size as your faux leather. Notice one side is smooth and the other has a texture and is a little rough. The textured side is the side that should be placed onto the back side of the faux leather.
Place the Cricut Easy Press onto the Heat N Go for 10-20 seconds.
This is my piece of faux leather after the Heat n Go is applied to the back side.
Here are some Cricut Easy Press mat options from Amazon.
Putting Hobby Lobby faux leather onto the mat
I cut a piece of transfer tape that was the same size as the piece of faux leather.
And I applied the transfer tape to the Cricut mat, with the grid side facing dow.
I used a Cricut Brayer to make sure it was pressed nicely on the mat.
See below how the visible grid faces down.
I then pulled the backing off of the transfer tape, leaving the sticky side of the transfer tape, face up.
Then I placed the faux leather onto the sticky transfer tape, with the good side facing down.
Below, you see the Hobby Lobby faux leather facing down on the mat.
I pressed the faux leather with the Cricut brayer.
Make sure the Cricut machine makes a good cut BEFORE you eject the mat.
Take a peek at the mat after the cut before you eject it. This is important because if the cut doesn’t go all the way through, you can do additional cuts.
Simply press the Cricut logo button shown below. This will send the machine through an additional cycle of cuts. Then, you can press the button to eject the mat.
You’ll notice that sometimes the Cricut transfer tape sticks to the cut tear drops and you need to remove it.
Attach to tear drops, back to back.
Remove the Heat n Go backing from the back of the teardrop earrings.
Place two of the earrings together, lining them up well.
I like to put a piece of parchment paper on the Easy Press mat and then put one on the top of it. The reason I put one on the bottom is that I want to catch any adhesive that might seep out.
Put the Cricut Easy Press on the earring for 10-20 seconds.
Apply bunny heat transfer vinyl.
Place the bunny HTV on the teardrops and then place the Cricut Easy Press on them for 20 seconds.
Peel off the heat transfer vinyl backing.
Trim any felt, fuzz, or glue from the earrings.
Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim fuzz from around the earrings. Be very careful not to cut any of the earring, you’re only cutting the fuzz off of your leather earrings.
You can also smooth the earring by using this burnishing agent. I apply it with a tooth pick along the edges. It’s great because it smooths the leather and helps better define the edges.
Place a hole in the top of the earring.
I use a leather punch to put the holes in my diy faux leather earrings. The tool linked above cuts through multiple layers of the earring at the same time. Here is an option for a smaller hole leather punch.
Below you’ll see a picture of me using the leather hole punch on a different project.
Decide which type of hooks you’ll use.
The basic fish hook earrings below are easy to work with. You can place an earring component directly into the circle on the bottom of the hook or your can use jump rings to dangle your earring components from your hook.
These French hooks with balls are also easy to work with. You don’t need pliers or jump ring tools to work with these hooks. There are links to various colors at the top of this post.
Working with Earrings Hooks
It doesn’t take much to put together the first type of earrings. You either need a couple of pairs of pliers or a jump ring tool and one pair of pliers. You can get the two tools below along with a full kit of earring hooks and jump rings AND sheets of faux leather in this inexpensive DIY earring kit on Amazon. It is the perfect starter set and a great gift for anyone that likes to DIY.
The jump ring tool and pliers below come in the kit linked above.
Decide if you’ll use jump rings on the fish hook.
If you only have a single layer in your earring , you can chose to put the earring component right onto the opening at the bottom of the hook. If your components are too thick or you’d simply prefer to have more of a dangle, you can use jump rings. I’ll start by showing you how to put the earring components directly onto the hook.
If you want to put your earring directly on the the bottom of the hook, take a close look at it and figure out which side is the side that isn’t connected.
Place some pliers on one side of the bottom wire.
Then place another pair of pliers on the other side of it (the round circle at the bottom of the hook). Don’t place the pliers on the hook above the circle part.
Turn the pliers that is on the side of the circle that isn’t connected to open the loop so that you can put the earring onto the hook.
Using Jump Rings
A jump ring isn’t closed. This means with the right tools, you can open it to put on the earring components and dangle the earring from the hook.
If you want to add jump rings, first decide which size of jump rings you want to use. A 4mm jump ring is good if you only have one item or a couple of thin items. A 6mm jump ring will hold a bit thicker material. Gather up a couple of jump rings in the size you need.
These are the two tools that I use to open and close my jump rings. They’re both in this awesome starter kit.
I hold one side of the jump ring with my pliers. With my other hand, I use my jump ring tool to push one side of the jump ring back (to open). It is important not to open the jump ring by pulling them to the left and right. If you do it that way, it will be hard to close the jump ring, while keeping the shape. Instead, push the ring back/front to open the jump ring.
Note: If you’re using the jump ring tool, find the slot on the tool that is sized right for the jump ring.
Put a hook onto a jump ring for each earring.
I like to start by putting a jump ring onto the hook and then close the jump ring. I do this before I even begin to put the earring components onto a jump ring.
That’s It! These DIY Easter leather earrings are done.
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