Make fun leather earrings with the circle shape in Cricut design space.
This leather hoop earrings DIY was especially cool to make because I used a circle shape to create the earrings. In this post, I’ll share highlights about how I completed this project. For full details, see my YouTube video below.
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Details for making this leather hoop earrings DIY can be seen in my YouTube video below.
Example Leather Hoop Earrings DIY Projects
What You’ll Need to make this Leather Hoop Earrings DIY
- Cricut Machine – I recommend the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.
- Cricut Transfer Tape, Strong Grip
- Cricut Transfer Tape, Standard Grip
- Earring wire hooks with balls – This is one style of earring hook that you can use. They’re super easy to use and won’t require jump rings or jump ring tools/pliers
- Basic Cricut Tools
- Cricut Brayer
- Leather Scissors
- Earring Backs
- Earring Cards –
- 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 cutting mats.
- Leather hole punch (Larger holes, smallest is 2)
- Leather hole punch – This leather punch makes much smaller holes than the one above.
- Heat and Bond
- Cricut Easy Press – There are a few options. All work, but I usually use a 9″ x 9″.
- Cricut Easy Press Mat
- Huge Cricut tools Bundle
- Here is what I use to smooth my leather edges.
- Crafter’s Pick Fabric glue or E6000 glue
- Plastic bags for earrings
- Embossing Machine
- Embossing Folders
Selecting a Material on Cricut
Click on the Browse All Materials link to see the menu of materials options on your Cricut. Options vary between the Cricut Explore Air/Air 2 and the Cricut Maker.
The good news is that you can cut genuine leather, faux leather, and cork sheets with a Cricut machine. It’s just important that set the material correctly and use the right blade to cut your material
You will be prompted to select a material after you select Make it. When I use my Cricut Explore Air, I need to make sure my knob is set to Custom.
For your faux leather, if it is Cricut faux leather, you’ll select the Cricut faux leather option from the Browse materials menu.
If I’m using non-Cricut faux leather (which is almost always), the Shimmer Leather option (shown below) normally works best for me.
Most of the time when cutting genuine leather, I select the Genuine leather option.
If you’re using using the Cricut brand – metallic leather, select the Metallic Leather option. It’s a bit thicker so you’ll want to use this Metallic leather setting to ensure that the cut goes all the way through. I also choose this option if my leather is a tad bit thicker.
Move the star wheels.
The Cricut machine has star wheels to keep materials from shifting during cutting. However, when cutting thicker materials, the star wheels can leave track marks. When you select a material from the browse menu that is thicker, the Cricut machine will prompt you to move the star wheels to the right.
Push the wheels to the right. They may be on there tight so put some strength behind it. You won’t be prompted to do this step for faux leather. I pretty much keep my star wheels to the right all the time (for leather, faux leather, and cork).
Make sure you’re using the right blade.
You can cut faux leather, faux suede, cork, and leather on the Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker. When cutting cork sheets, 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.
Place your material on the cutting mat(s).
Before I put the material onto the mat, I like to put something on it to protect it from getting all the fibers on it. I normally use Cricut standard grip transfer tape, Cricut strong grip transfer tape, or Dollar Tree contact paper.
This also helps ensure my material is nicely attached to the mat when I’m not using a brand new mat that may not be as sticky.
I put the transfer tape down onto the mat, sticky side up.
Remove the backing of the transfer tape or contact paper.
Then I put my material onto the transfer tape or contact paper, with the good side facing down onto the transfer tape or contact paper.
After placing the material on the mat, you can use a Cricut Brayer roller to press it nicely onto your mat.
Use the Cricut Easy Press to Apply Heat n Bond
When using faux leather, I often glue earrings back to back. My favorite way to use that is by using a product called Heat n Bond. There are a lot of kinds of it, and this is the one I use on faux leather earrings.
Note that the earrings in the pictures are above are made with genuine leather that is so cute on both sides, so I didn’t need to cut and glue another piece back to back. But I’ll include in the instructions for using Heat N Bond here in case you’re using faux leather for this project.
When using Heat n Bond, I apply it to the material before I put my material onto my mat (before I cut the earrings).
I cut a piece of Heat n Bond the same size as my faux leather.
Then I place the Heat n Bond on the back side of the faux leather. The textured side of the Heat n Bond should be facing/touching the back of the faux leather.
You can use an iron to apply the Heat n Bond; however I use my Cricut Easy Press. It’s super easy to use and it’s always on my craft desk.
Pre-heat the Cricut Easy Press
When you’re ready to use your Cricut Easy Press, turn it on and set the temperature.
I usually set my Easy Press to 300 degrees when applying my Heat N Bond and I leave it on my material for about 10 seconds.
I place parchment paper onto my Cricut Easy Press mat (to protect it from any adhesive). Then, I place my faux leather on top of it, with the good side facing down, with the Heat N Bond on top of that. I then place my Cricut Easy Press on top of that.
Here are some Cricut Easy Press mat options from Amazon.
After cutting the earring pieces, remove the white backing of the Heat and Bond.
Put the earrings back to back, lining up the two pieces.
The Cricut Easy Press shouldn’t be set directly onto the faux leather. Place parchment paper on the Easy Press mat. Then place the earrings on top of the parchment paper. Then, place another piece of parchment paper on top of the earring.
Set the Easy Press on the parchment paper for about 10 seconds.
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.
Decide which type of hooks you’ll use.
I am using wire ball hooks for these earrings. They’re so easy to use and don’t require any jump rings.
Sometimes I do need to pull wire ball hook out a little bit with pliers so the earring will fit/slide down into the hook.
Check out my other Earring DIY Projects
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- How to Make Genuine Leather Earrings
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- Faux Leather Tall Stacked Earrings
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- Split Teardrop Faux Leather Earrings
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