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How to Make Faux Leather Earrings with a Cricut

How to Make Faux Leather Earrings with a Cricut

Learn how to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut and download free SVGs for Halloween themed earrings!

Last week I shared some designs for Halloween hair bows and got such a lovely response that I thought I’d create some matching earrings to go with them!

Read on for the free files, and to find out how to make them…

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Faux leather earrings with a Cricut machine

I am a huge fan of big dangly earrings, so I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to start making them with my Cricut!

I was a bit daunted to cut faux leather with my Cricut Maker as it seemed so much more difficult than just cutting cardstock, but I’m SO glad I tried it as the earrings turned out so cute!

And… as it turns out… faux leather isn’t anything to be feared, after all!

Halloween faux leather earrings


Video tutorial for Halloween earrings

Watch this video to see how to cut faux leather with your Cricut machine and then turn it into these spooky earrings!

A full written tutorial, along with a link to the free earring SVGs, is available further down on this page.

This project is part of 2020's Halloween Craft Countdown.

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Free Halloween earring SVG templates

I’ve designed three different Halloween earring cutting files which you can download for free:

These match perfectly with my Halloween hair bows that were released earlier this month!


Materials list for Cricut faux leather earrings

Halloween earrings with a Cricut machine


How to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut

Step 1) Choose your design

Download my free earring SVGs and open your chosen design in Design Space.

They will load in at a suitable size (2.5 inches tall), but you can make it bigger or smaller if needed.

I don’t recommend going any smaller than 2 inches tall as that will get too hard for your Cricut to cut out the small details.

Click “Make it” and select the “Faux Leather (paper thin)” material type.

Don’t forget to mirror your designs as you’ll be cutting the designs out with the leather placed pretty-side-down on the mat.

Mirror your design

Step 2) Cut out the earring design

Cut out the earring design. Use a strong grip mat if you have one, but if not then a green standard grip one should work fine as long as it is still quite sticky.

Faux leather cuts best when you put the pretty side facing down on the mat.

To stop any fibres from the faux leather (or glitter, if you’re using glitter faux leather) from coming off on your mat, I like to put a piece of transfer tape sticky-side up on the mat and then stick the faux leather to that instead of the mat.

Transfer tape on Cricut mat

That way, any little bits that come off the leather don’t end up stuck on your mat – you can just peel off the transfer tape to remove it!

Add masking tape, blue painters tape or washi tape down all the sides of the faux leather before you cut it, just as an extra precaution to make sure it’s really stuck well to your mat!

TIP: To speed up the cut process, you can cut all the shapes for the bow at the same time. To do this, change all the layers to the same colour before you click “Make It” and then re-position everything spaced out on the mat so you know where to cut. Watch the tutorial video further up this post for a more detailed explanation of how to do this.

Step 3) Assemble the earrings

Use your pliers to open up a jump ring.

Open a jumo ring with pliers

Thread all pieces of the earring onto the jump ring, then add an earring hook behind them.

Make sure the earring hook is pointing away from the front of your earring.

Add an earring hook

Close up the jump ring with your pliers to secure the earring, and that’s all you have to do!

Repeat for the other earring, and that’s it – your pair of Halloween faux leather earrings are finished!

Sarah with faux leather Halloween earrings

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make Halloween faux leather earrings with your Cricut machine.

If you missed the links to the free SVGs, scroll up to the section called “Free Halloween earring SVG templates” to find the links.

Happy crafting,
Sarah x

This project is part of 2020's Halloween Craft Countdown.

View all 31 craft projects!

2 Comments

  • Clare Allen says:

    These are so cute Sarah … thank you šŸ˜Š šŸ’• Clare x

  • Kathy DeMartino says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I made your very cute Halloween earrings. The leather kept moving until I tried your transfer tape trick. It not only held
    the leather in place but kept my mat sparkle free.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to use your
    SVG’s for my Cricut Explore 2.

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