Are y’all on the leather earring trend yet? It was popularized by a miss Joanna Gaines & I’m totally, completely, 100% on board! I oogled over all kinds of leather earrings before I realized I could EASILY make them myself for a fraction of the price! Guess what? You can make them too!
All you need is leather, earrings hooks, a pair of pliers, a safety pin or needle, an electronic cutting machine &/or a pair of scissors. To be honest, I get my leather from all over the place- etsy, online, thrift shops, resale shops, antique stores, flea markets, leather supply, craft store, etc. You’d be surprised how many laces sell scrap leather! You don’t need but a tiny bit for a pair of earrings & it shouldn’t cost more than a teeny bit either. I think the most I’ve ever spent on a sheet of leather is around $4! You simply cannot beat that!
I use my Cricut to cut my earrings for me. There is a “leather” setting on mine in the custom settings, but it does not always cut all the way through. I will go back with a pair of small scissors & follow the cut edge. If it does cut all the way through, I typically go back & trim the hairs on the edges anyway. In order to get these shapes, I search Google for clipart shapes then upload it into my cutting software & size accordingly. I generally go around 1.5-2.5 in depending on the shape, etc.
If you are making them by hand, simply print the shape you desire & trace onto the back of the leather with a pencil. Continue to cut out the traced earring with small scissors. You can also trace an earring you already have if you like that shape.
Aren’t my fall earring scraps pretty?! Loving all of these colors for the season!
Once you’ve got your pairs all cut & trimmed, it’s time to make the hole.
Use a safetypin or sewing pin to pierce a hole near the top of the earring. This is the tricky part, you want it as close to the top as you can get it without possibly ripping through. Push the earring through the pin several times from both sides.
Don’t you like my great-grandmother’s pin cushion I inherited? lol
Now use a small pair of pliers to open up the end of an earring hook. Push the hook through the hole you just created. Use the pliers to close the hole back up. Adjust accordingly.
If you have trouble finding the hole, re-pierce until you get it through. This may take some practice.
All ready for wear! Try out different shapes, colors & textures! These make fabulous gifts as well…time to start thinking for the holidays already!
Don’t Forget to Pin it for Later! —>
PS- Linking up at my fave places!
More DIY Ideas!