I first saw these neat earrings in a jewelry store in the French Quarters in New Orleans of all places. My first thought was I can make these with my Cricut!
I have to admit, it was a little mind-boggling at first to figure out how to turn a 2-dimensional piece into some 3 dimensional. I might have had to do some research on the internet to get started.
After a few trial and error sessions with cardstock, I got the hang of it and created three designs total.
I experimented with a few different blades and materials. I thought the easiest and most versatile to work with was the stiffer faux leather. The one I had was actually a recycled purse that was very similar in texture to real leather.
The one I think looks the most stunning is the one made with faux metallic leather. Although the final product was the most beautiful, the faux metallic leather was a pain to work with on the Cricut because it was super soft and stretchy. I ended up having to use my rotary blade on the felt setting with my Cricut Maker.
If you only have a Cricut Explorer, I would recommend using either stiffer faux leather or thinner real leather. Alternatively, you can try the Cricut Branded leather and faux leathers that work well with all their machines.
Here’s a quick summary of the other materials I used for the project:
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Materials for 3D Leather Earrings
Leather – As mentioned above, I have different recommendations for different machines.
- Cricut Metallic Leather (only for Cricut Makers)
- Cricut Faux Leather (all Cricuts)
- Assorted Metallic Faux Leather Set (only with the rotary blade on Cricut Maker)
Earring Kit Set – I like the earring hooks for this design. Here is the assorted set I have that contains a wide range of finishes.
Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.
(Optional Glue gun or leather glue and piercing needle)
This project can be done with a knife but it would take a really long time and a steady hand.
Template – All 3 of my designs are available and free in my resource library.
Tips for Making the 3D Leather Earrings
Step 1: Cutting your leather material
Each type of material is different but I find if you are using any type of blade on either leather or faux leather, it works best to place the fuzzy side on some transfer tape and place the transfer tape side down on the mat.
I know Cricut recommends the Strong Grip mat but I find the Standard Grip mat works just fine when using transfer tape.
If you are using the rotary blade, I just put the leather directly on the Standard Grip mat smooth side down.
Step 2: Assembling the earring
I find the jump ring holes for these earrings are too small to make effectively with the Cricut so I just pierce mine with a needle. I also left them out of the SVG.
Jump rings are super useful for leather projects. The connections to the earring hook would not fit the leather otherwise.
Step 3: Finishing touches
I had to hot glue part of the pink earring. It wouldn’t hold its shape due to the stretchy faux leather I used. I just added the slightest dab on the edges. This, of course, is totally optional.
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Set of Free Leather Earring SVGs
26 thoughts on “DIY Sculptured 3D Leather Earrings”
Hi, I’m just starting out with my Cricut Maker and I just love your website! It’s helped me tremendously. I’ve really gotten into the leather earrings and I would love to make your 3D ones, especially the brown one…it’s my favorite. But just looking at it, I don’t see how it attaches to itself when you loop it around. If you hot glued it, you did an amazing job because I can’t see any glue! Can you please tell me how it attaches?
Thank you for your time and all the help,
That’s exactly what I did! a little glue goes a long way. E6000 also works or dedicated leather glue.
I’m having trouble finding the SVG for the 3D earrings. I joined your group for the free resources. Can you point me in the right direction! Thanks!
just sent you an email.
I can’t find the link for the 3D earrings either. What’s it under?
In the library, please use the search bar to find.
Alternatively, please send an email to email@example.com and our elf will help you out, she will send over the free templates.
I am using faux leather, and the earrings don’t take the curved shape like they should. Is there a spray adhesive or starch I could use to stiffen them up? I also struggle figuring out which way they go together. I haven’t seen any assembly direction. super new, so I would love to have directions, also working with my teen. Thanks for the files and help!
If you have a Maker, I would consider using the rotary blade for super soft faux leather.
I’ve tried to download the svg several times but I cannot get to the library no matter how many times I put my name and email address in.
Please drop us an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the SVG you want, and we’ll respond 🙂
I’ve been getting your emails for some time already. I can not gain access to the free SVGs. It wants a password but I don’t have the choice of creating a password. It just takes me to a page trying to sell your tips and tricks and will go no further. I’ve entered my email multiple times in the last year.
Please send us an email with your request on email@example.com and we will send you the password and link.
When I uploaded your SVG to Cricut Design Space, I don’t see the lines that will slice. I just see the overall shape of the earrings when flat. I even tried zooming in. Is there something wrong? Am I supposed to slice the inside myself?
Please send us a screenshot of what you see on firstname.lastname@example.org along with your query.
Happy to help.
Same, I am also unable to locate this one! I appreciate all the free templates! Thanks
Just send an email to email@example.com with the name and photo of the design you are looking for and our elf will help you out.
I have put in the password and accessed the free resource library, but there are so many files. Is there an easy way to find the ones I am looking for?
You can use the search bar on the site, or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and photo of the design you are looking for, and our elf will send it over to you 🙂
Which of the templates makes the silver knotted looking earring and how do I fold it to duplicate this?
Please send a screenshot to email@example.com so we can help out.
I’m in the same boat as everyone above who mentioned that they cannot find the file after signing up. Thanks in advance.
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our elf will assist you.
I cannot find any files you have advertised for free. My email is email@example.com if you could forward the file(s) to me please.
Pl. send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the design you are looking for, and our elf will send it over.
ive been trying to download the free 3d leather earrings template but cant find it anywhere, also the feather earrings template; same, cant find template, and the lip balm holder; that has a picture of the templates but no actual link, the others have no link either.
Please send an email to email@example.com and our elf will help you out.