I have to admit that I am not much of a jewelry maker or wearer for that matter. But I was inspired to make these earrings after visiting a boutique on a recent trip. I saw some suede earrings and knew that I could make my own for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them.
Here’s What You Will Need
- A Cricut Cutting Machine
- Cricut Faux Suede – I bought a variety pack that had the red and tan fall colors
- Fishhook earrings
- Matching jump rings
- Needle nose Pliers
- Optional headpins and coordinating beads
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The first thing I did was find a fall leaf design in the Cricut Design Space. I chose this simple leaf design. I sized the top leaf to about 1″ long and then I duplicated the image and flipped it horizontally. I then duplicated my leaf again and sized about 1/8″ bigger than the top leaf to make the bottom leaf. I duplicated the larger leaf and flipped it horizontally. I made sure that each set of leaves was a different color in the Cricut Design Space so that the top and bottom leaves would cut separately. And then I cut them out of the faux suede.
Stack your top and bottom leaves together. Here you can see why the bottom leaf needed to be slightly larger so that you can see the contrasting color.
Next you need to poke a hole at the top of the leaves so you can string them on the earring. My Cricut weeder tool works well for this but you can use any sharp pointy object that will pierce the faux leather.
This is the part where you can feel like a real jewelry maker if you want. All you need are 2 bead pins, a couple of beads and your pliers. I cut the end my bead pins down to about 1 1/2″ using the cutter in my pliers. I strung the beads on the bead pins. Then, using my pliers, I bent up the end of the bead pin and squeezed it so it would fit inside the bead hole. I repeated the steps with the second bead pin.
To string on the jump rings, open the ring slightly with your pliers. Add the leaves.
Add your beads.
Add your earring and squeeze the opening closed.
I think they turned out pretty good.
Let me know if you need more detailed images about working in Cricut Design Space or stringing the beads in the comments below.