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How to Make Leather Earrings

Whether you’re looking to make your own leather earrings for fun or for business, we can help you bypass all the mistakes one can make and design earrings you’ll love to wear!

What are leather earrings?

Leather earrings are everywhere these days, and for good reason. They make a statement about any outfit. They are lightweight. You don’t feel like you are wearing anything on your ears.

They are not going out of style anytime soon!

The most popular style is the teardrop leather earring. Round circle leather earrings are growing in popularity. We also recommend a combination of leather and metal earrings.

The best part about leather earrings is that it is an easy DIY project for anyone to do.  You can cut them by hand with a good pair of scissors. You can also use a basic cutting machine!

Leather supplies are cheap to find, and most supplies can be shipped easily.
It is an easy craft to source as a material.

You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get started.

How to get started with making leather earrings

A Cricut Maker

It’s a great investment. It is really affordable. We think very highly of the machine.

You need leather to make leather earrings.
Leathermio is a great source to get real leather

Leather Hand Punch.

A leather hand punch has a dial for 5 different diameter punches. It gives you control over where you want to punch holes for earring hooks.

Tips for Success in Making Leather Earrings


Give yourself lots of time to learn about your machine. If you have never used jewelry pliers, you’ll need time to play around and learn!

Cricut machines come with different mats. Learn about what materials you can put on each mat. The purple or strong grip mat will cut real leather.

Be sure you study and learn about the different cutting blades.
You need a deep-cut blade to cut leather.

Search for shapes to cut and make leather earrings. Many shapes are available online. You can use these to cut earrings.

In the end, practice and learn. You’ll get it in time.
Here are some common questions we get.

Common Questions

Where can I find leather?

Leathermio has come out with some great leather options that work like a dream on your machine or even by hand. 

What Cricut machine to use?

Currently, we advise the Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Maker.
They are wireless, connect easily, and are also easy to use.

Can I cut earrings without a machine?

Yes! You can use a sturdy pair of leather or craft scissors if you want. They have every type of leather shape in many colors.

How do I cut leather on a Cricut without it bunching and sliding?

Cutting real leather on a cutting machine can be frustrating. You need to make sure you are using the correct mat and blade. Otherwise, your leather will bunch and slide during cutting, ruing your entire project!

We recommend cutting real leather with transfer tape.

Also, your blade will get dull and this will affect cutting.
Try to keep some extra blades on hand.

What earring hooks should I use?

We recommend fishhook ear wire hooks for your leather earrings. Fishhook ear wires are measured in millimeters from the base of the hook to the top. The size of the hook is really just a matter of preference.

If you have any kind of allergies, look for nickel-free ear wires. We do recommend using plastic backers with your earrings to ensure you don’t lose an earring.

How can I design more shapes?

Designing leather earrings might be my favorite part.
With Cricut Design Space you can make all kinds of leather earrings! Shapes within the Cricut Design space are free.

In Cricut Design Space, you can size your earrings to whatever you want. If you want bigger or smaller earrings, you can control the size and shape. I find Cricut Design Space user-friendly for any beginner. You don’t need a lot of experience to get started!

If you don’t want to design your own shapes, you can get free cut files inside my resource library. Check out our cut file tutorials here.

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