Making your own earrings is so much fun and also makes a totally unique gift for friends and family too. In this tutorial we’re going to make Faux Leather Reindeer Earrings using your cutting machine of choice. I will be using Cricut Faux Leather in Silver and Sapphire Blue.
I love the Cricut Faux Leather range, it is so easy to use and you get really stunning results! You can also use real leather, just make sure you adjust your cut settings accordingly. Let’s get started!
You Will Need:
- Reindeer Earrings SVG
- Cricut Faux Leather in two contrasting colors
- Cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette etc)
- Earring hooks
- Thick needle or screwdriver point
- Small craft or needle nose plyers
Upload the Reindeer Earrings SVG design into your relevant software and set the Reindeer teardrop to your preferred height. I like big earrings, so I set the Reindeer to a height of 2.5inches and the backing teardrop to 2.65 inches, which gives a lovely crescent of silver color at the bottom of the teardrop.
Next, put the faux leather sheet, in your choice of color for the Reindeer tear drop, onto the cutting mat, into the machine and proceed with the cut. Repeat this with the plain teardrop backing design.
( A quick side note on cut settings for Cricut Faux Leather – I’ve found on both Cricut and Silhouette that their preset cut settings for Faux Leather give the best results. In Silhouette Studio, the cut setting will be “Faux Leather Paper”)
Once the designs are cut, carefully remove them from the cutting mat and weed out the Reindeer and excess faux leather. This should weed very easily, and you can use the Reindeer for other craft projects or more earrings, depending on the earring height you chose.
Now for the fun part! It all starts coming together now. Take your Reindeer tear drop and overlay it onto the plain teardrop, making sure the top point of the two teardrops are in perfect alignment.
If the faux leather is folding, you can put a small heavy book or something similar across the bottom part of the earrings to keep them in place while you make the hole for the earring hook. Make sure you have a cutting mat or something thick underneath the earrings before you make the hole!
Now take your needle, safety pin or screwdriver point, and make the hole. This should be done as close to the top of the earring as possible, so that the earring itself can move freely on the hook.
I made the mistake the first time, of making the hole with too much border around it, and this resulted in the earring getting stuck in position on the little hook! Make sure you run it through a few times from both sides.
Now, you will need the small pliers to carefully open the closed hook at the bottom of the earring hook. Once that is open, simply slide your faux leather earrings onto the hook and then close it up with the pliers.
Voila! You have just created a beautiful and unique Festive pair of earrings! These also look fabulous using this Christmas Tree Earrings SVG. Enjoy!