These handmade earrings are versatile and can be designed for holidays and everyday wear.
These stacked marquise faux leather earrings are great earrings to make if you’re just getting started with jewelry making. I love the basic shape and the fact that you can layer them with two or three pieces.
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What You’ll Need for this Faux Leather Earrings Project:
- Cricut Machine – I recommend the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.
- Any combination of faux leather that coordinates:
- 10 piece faux leather kit
- Amazon assortment of faux leather
- Cricut faux leather – black pebbled faux leather
- Cricut faux leather – Patina Pebbled Leather Sampler
- Cricut faux leather – Silver
- Cricut faux leather – Neutral Pebbled Faux Leather pack
- Cricut faux leather – Copper Pebbled Faux Leather
- Cricut faux leather – Beige
- Cricut faux leather – Caramel
- Cricut faux suede sampler pack
- Christmas Holiday Assortment from Amazon
- Buffalo Check faux ribbon from Hobby Lobby (black & white)
- Earring supplies – earring hooks, jump rings, pliers, jump ring tool. This is the kit that I bought on Amazon and love it! It has a bundle of faux leather sheets as well as all of the tools you’ll need to make earrings.
- Cricut Cutting Mats – You need new or very sticky Cricut mats. The green mats work fine for this project because we’re using faux leather.
- Cricut Easy Press – This project doesn’t involve iron on, so there isn’t a necessity for an Easy Press. But I like to use one to make sure my pieces are flat as some of the leathers tend to curl. If you don’t have one, but have wanted one, there are a few options. All work, but I usually use a 9″ x 9″.
- Cricut Easy Press Mat
- Basic Cricut Tools
HOW TO MAKE DIY EARRINGS
Select an earring template and upload it into Cricut Design Space.
You can find many templates for your earrings on Pinterest and Etsy. Many bloggers offer them for free and others are available for sale on the Etsy website.
For these diy faux leather earrings I used an SVG cut file that I bought from SVG Cuttables.
Open Cricut Design Space and start a new project
Start a new project to make your diy faux leather earrings by clicking on the + icon.
Insert the cut file onto the canvas of your new project.
Upload the cut file for this project, by clicking on the upload icon on the left and navigate to the file on your computer.
I always recommend adding tags when uploading new files. Pick word that you would type in if you were looking for the file. This makes it much easier when you’re looking for the file in the future.
Click on the Images icon on the left.
Tip: To easily find my upload files, I usually filter by files that I have uploaded. Click on the Filter option.
Click on “Uploaded.”
Select the cut file you want to use. It will have a green box around it when selected. Then, click on the insert image button in lower, right-hand corner.
Once you’ve inserted the image onto the canvas, you can see the dimensions of the file you’ve inserted in the height and width field.
This is what the file for our stacked marquise faux leather earrings looks like after being added to the canvas. They come onto the canvas at 2″ tall, a size that I love. Also, you’ll notice that two sets of earrings come onto the canvas. One has holes and the other does not.
Re-size the diy faux leather earrings, if needed.
It is often necessary to re-size earrings when the file is added to the canvas. An earring size is a personal preference, but here are some general dimensions.
- Small teardrops – 1 3/4 inches
- Large teardrops – 2 1/2 inches
- Medium leaf – 2 1/4 inches
- Large leaf – 2 1/2 inches
You’ll want to decide the height of your earring based on personal preference.
I am keeping my earrings 2″ tall, but if you want to change the height, change it where the blue arrow points below.
Ungroup the earrings and delete the set you’re not using
You need to delete the set of earrings that you’re not going to cut. All four earrings come onto the mat as ONE group, so you’ll need to click on the image and then click the Ungroup button.
The two earrings on the left have a hole in it. The two earrings on the right don’t have holes. I’m planning to make the earrings without holes so I’m deleting the two earrings on the left.
I have two options for how to do this.
- I can click each element of the earring (3 pieces on each earring). Then click the x button to delete. That’s a lot of clicks. You’ll see the 3 steps below just to delete the three elements of one earring
2. The second option is to re-group the 2 earrings with holes and then delete both earrings (all six elements at one time. Group them by holding the left click down while making a box around the two earrings. Then click the X button
One pair of earrings is left on the canvas.
Change earring components to the right color.
Changing the images to the right color keeps things clear when you’re putting different materials and colors through the cutting machine.
Sometimes, the components are grouped together so you have to Ungroup them before you can change colors. (The Ungroup button is in the upper-right-hand corner.
For this file, we’ve already Ungrouped the components so we can go ahead and change any colors of components for these diy faux leather earrings.
Click on the earring component and then click on the color box as shown below.
I am making the back earrings black, the middle ones grey (they will actually be a pattern) and the front earrings red.
Duplicate back earring, if needed.
Decide if you like the look of the back of your earring material and if you think it will show when the earrings are worn. I often cut a second set of the back earring for the back earrings and glue them back to back to cover any ugly felt.
For this project, I am going to cut two additional pieces of the largest earring components so that I can glue my back pieces back to back with another piece of faux leather. To do this, highlight one of the large teardrop pieces and click Duplicate twice.
Your diy faux leather earrings are ready to cut. Click the Make It Button
On the left you’ll see the different mats that will need to be cut.
Set the Cricut machine on the right setting.
Turn your dial on your Cricut Explore to Custom. This lets you look at the long list of materials. You will need to select a material for EACH mat.
Click on the Browse All Materials link to see the menu of materials options on your Cricut.
If your faux leather is Cricut faux leather, you’ll select the Cricut faux leather option from the Browse materials menu.
If you’re using non-Cricut faux leather, the Shimmer Leather option normally works best.
Make sure you’re using the right blade.
You can cut faux leather, faux suede, and leather on the Cricut Explore. When cutting Cricut’s faux leather and faux suede, you can use the Cricut standard fine point blade. If you’re cutting genuine leather, you’ll need to use the Cricut deep blade.
Since this project uses faux leather, you won’t need to change your blade (if you’re currently using the normal fine point blade).
Place your material on the cutting mat(s).
Faux Leather/Faux Suede
Before you put the faux leather or suede on the mat, you’ll want to look at the back of it to determine what is is made of. I normally place my material on my mats good side down. The exception to this is when the good side is actually messier than the backside (e.g., glitter faux leather).
Also, I like to determine how much of the leather or suede will be cut. Typically, it is less than 3″ of material, meaning only about 3″ of the mat needs to be exposed. I then place my plastic Cricut mat cover back onto my mat about 3″ down from the top of the cutting area. I do this so that I don’t put the suede or leather on top of the mat where I’m not cutting it. This keeps me from losing the stickiness on my mat. I don’t like to pre-cut my leather/suede because I want minimize waste of the material.
Once I place my plastic on top of the mat, I put the material onto the mat, face down (good side down).
After placing the material on the mat, you can use a Cricut Brayer roller to press the faux suede or faux leather onto your mat. I don’t have one of those so I usually use a dough roller.
Load and Cut the Mats
Send each of the mats through the Cricut.
Glue earring pieces together, if necessary.
As I mentioned earlier, the back of some faux leather and faux suede earrings aren’t very attractive because they are often canvas or felt. I often cut an extra faux leather or faux suede piece for the back of the earring and I glue a second piece to the back of it. This way if the earring turns, the felt or canvas isn’t exposed.
When gluing earring pieces together, I prefer to use Crafter’s Pick Fabric glue because it doesn’t dry so fast and I have time to get my earrings situated/lined up better.
I also have used E6000 glue.
Here are a couple pictures from another project., where I was gluing teardrops back to back.
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 faux leather earrings.
Place a hole in the top of the earring.
When my earrings don’t have holes, 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. You can also use Cricut weeder tool to put a hole through faux leather and faux suede, but it is best to go through just one layer at a time if you do this.
Below you’ll see a picture of me using the leather hole punch on a different project.
Gather necessary earring components and tools to finish your diy faux leather earrings.
It doesn’t take much to put together 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, making it the perfect starter set. Great for you if you’re getting started and a great gift for anyone that likes to DIY.
Open the jump ring.
A jump ring isn’t closed. This means with the right tools, you can open it to put on the earring components.
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.
My new best practice is to put a jump ring onto the hook and to close the jump ring. I do this before I even begin to put the earring components onto a jump ring.
Put earrings and hook into a jump ring.
We’re almost done with our stacked marquise earrings.
Open another jump ring and put the earrings onto the open jump ring.
After putting the earring onto the jump ring, add the hook, making sure it is facing towards the back.
Using the pliers and the jump ring tool, close the jump ring.
And that’s it! Your stacked marquise faux leather earrings are finished!
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