This is a stacked earring with three layers so it’s easy to show off the colors of your favorite football team.
Create these football faux leather earrings to support your favorite football team. You can add two colors of leather behind the football to show your team spirit.
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What you’ll need to make the football faux leather earrings project:
- Cricut Machine – I recommend the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.
- I used the following faux leather project:
- White Iron on vinyl (for the football markings).
- 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 – 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 FOOTBALL FAUX LEATHER 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 football faux leather earrings, I used the football SVG cut file from PrintsOfPop.
Open Cricut Design Space and start a new project
Start a new project to make the football 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.
This file has three images that need to be added to the canvas. To add multiple images, click all three images and then click on the insert images button in the 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 football faux leather earrings looks like after being added to the canvas. Each component is separate (they are not grouped together).
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. This file came onto my canvas with the tallest piece being 2″ tall. I like that size and am not making any modifications.
You can modify that number if you want your earrings bigger or smaller.
Prepare the football file for iron on
You need to modify the football image a little bit to get it ready for this project because we are going to iron on the football markings (versus them getting cut out of the leather.
First, duplicate the football image so that you have 2 of the images on the canvas. Do this by clicking on the image and then clicking on the Duplicate icon in the upper right-hand corner.
Use the Contour Button to Hide Elements, as needed
Click on one of the footballs and then click on the Contour button in the lower right-hand corner.
Click on everything except for the football shape. Everything except the football shape should be shaded. Once they’re shaded click the X in the upper right hand corner. This will hide those elements and only the football shape will remain.
Click on the other earring and then click on the Contour button again.
This time only click on the football shape image and the circle at the button (which is the hole on the earring). This will hide the football shape so that only the football marketings shows up.
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.
Click on an images and then click on the color box as shown below and select a color. Repeat to set all colors to match your plan.
Remove holes, if desired
I’d like to remove the holes from the earrings and I will just be using a leather hole punch. To do this, click on the earring and then click on the Contour button.
Click on the circle, which represents the hole in the earring. This will hide the hole.
Below, you’ll see that the hole no longer appears on the earring.
Repeat this step for the remaining earring component.
Duplicate images, as needed
Now it’s time to duplicate your images. Click on each image and then click Duplicate in the upper right-hand corner to make the components for your second earring.
Or, you could left click while drawing a box around all four components and then click Group. Then, click Duplicate.
Note: When you see my photos below, you’ll notice that I was cutting many pairs of earrings so that I could give Chiefs earrings to many of my friends.
Once your mat has all the earring components ready to cut for your football faux leather earrings, click on the Make It button to cut your football faux leather earrings.
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.
For your faux leather, if it 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.
For your iron on material, just look at the options in the Iron On category and pick the one that matches your material.Move the star wheels.
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).
Prepare the back of the faux leather before putting onto the mat.
Decide whether you want to cover the back fabric of the faux leather. It is often felt or knit material. I decided to cover the back of the material with black Cricut heat transfer vinyl.
I use a Cricut Easy Press to iron on materials. Before owning an Easy Press, I used an iron. It works, but the easy press just does a much better job and it is easy to control the temperature. I love, love, love mine. For Christmas I want to get the mini one!
I like to cover the entire piece of faux leather with vinyl because then it is ready for any cut (even the future ones).
Place the heat transfer vinyl on the back of the faux leather with the shiny side up and follow instructions to transfer the vinyl onto the material.
Pre-heat the Cricut Easy Press
When you’re ready to use your Cricut, turn it on and set the temperature.
Cricut provides a guide with your easy press, but I always just look it up online whenever I’m doing a project. You can just search “cricut easy press heat guide.”
Tap on the type of Cricut Easy Press that you’re using. Then select the heat transfer material you are using. Then select the type of base material you’re using (what you’re ironing onto). And finally, select whether you’re using the Cricut Easy Press mat or a towel.
After tapping “Apply” it lets you know the temperature setting for the project. It also shares how long you should keep the press on your project and it tells you whether to remove the transfer material while it is warm or cool.
Here are some Cricut Easy Press mat options from Amazon.
This photo shows the back of the faux leather with the heat transfer vinyl applied. I like the look.
Cut your material.
Place your material on the cutting mat(s).
Place your material onto the mat, good side facing down (black ironed on vinyl facing up).
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.
Send each mat through the Cricut machine.
My red sheet of faux leather cut the shapes perfectly.
This one sheet of faux leather didn’t cut through all the way. UGH! I just used scissors to cut along the lines.
The brown footballs cut perfectly.
Apply vinyl to the footballs.
Heat Transfer Materials (Iron On)
When cutting heat transfer vinyl, the shinny side of iron-on material should face down and the dull side faces up – always.
Sometimes I have to tape my iron on material to the mat to help hold it.
Weed the vinyl.
Once the vinyl is cut, use the Cricut weeder, to remove all unnecessary pieces of the vinyl. I have used a toothpick in the absence of a weeder before.
The Cricut Easy Press shouldn’t be set directly onto the faux leather. You can place a piece of parchment paper on top of the earrings (and on top of the transfer paper and vinyl iron ons).
Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the earrings and then set the Easy Press on top of the parchment paper. Don’t forget to press the green button as that is what starts the timer. I don’t apply any pressure because it just isn’t necessary on faux leather earrings.
Peel back the transfer material.
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 football 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 the 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.
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. It is 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 football faux leather earrings.
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 football faux leather earrings are finished!
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