Recently, I’ve been using free teardrop earring templates to make Cricut jewelry.
Teardrop earrings are the perfect addition to any summer outfit. Lately, I’ve been using faux leather for these accessories because it’s lightweight and highly customizable. With so many different color and pattern options, you can make earrings to match your favorite look.
These homemade earrings make great birthday and holiday gifts, too! Not only can you save money by making them yourself, but you’re also sure to impress your friends and family when they find out these accessories are homemade. Today, I am going to go through how to make DIY teardrop earrings with the Cricut. I will also provide free teardrop earring templates you can download from my Resource Library.
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Materials for DIY Teardrop Earrings
Templates – This set of teardrop earring templates are available for FREE in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
How to Make Teardrop earring with the Cricut
Choose Your Earring Materials
Depending on what material you use to make these earrings, different techniques might create better results. The most common materials to use are faux leather. Often, this is because there are so many different colors and patterns available. For example, you can use leopard print, polka dot, or metallic faux leather patterns to make your earrings.
In addition, you can find success cutting faux leather with almost any brand on the market. I’ve listed my favorite brand in the materials list above. There, you can find a variety of colors and styles to customize your teardrop earring Cricut craft.
Prepare Your Cutting Machine
I like to use my Cricut Maker with the rotary blade to cut the faux leather. If you only have a Cricut Explorer, I highly recommend using the stiffest faux leather material you can find because they have created a thicker stiffer leather that cuts without snagging with a blade.
If you are cutting faux leather with the blade knife, I highly recommend a Strong Grip mat and supplementing it by taping down the edges with masking or painters tape.
If you are using the Rotary blade, the standard grip mat should be sufficient.
Size Your Earrings
Next, you can size your teardrop leather earring SVG to fit your preferences. Typically, the earring hooks and jump rings add about 3/4 of an inch in length to each earring. It’s important to account for this as you size your design.
Once you have your free teardrop earring templates downloaded, you can upload them to Cricut Design Space. Depending on how big you want your earrings, I would recommend keeping them anywhere from 1.5 inches to 3 inches. Usually, I keep mine about 2 inches. What I love about using faux leather for these is that you can make larger earrings without them pulling down on your ears.
If you adjust the size in Cricut Design Space, make sure to keep the proportions locked to maintain the teardrop shape.
Cut Your Faux Leather Templates
Place the smoothest side of the faux leather down on the mat. If it has a felt backing, place the leather side onto the mat. If it is a fabric backing, place the fabric side onto the mat.
I use the “felt” setting with the rotary blade on my Cricut Maker. If it is a thicker material, consider adding “more” pressure.
You can also use the Cricut Explore Air 2 model to cut the leather as well. This machine works great to cut vinyl, leather, and pleather as well. Usually, you will need a deep cut blade to get it all the way through the fabric.
Pierce Holes For Jump Rings
In the actual template, I’ve created hole cutouts for the jump rings. I actually don’t like cutting those using the Cricut to make the holes. Instead, I just pierce the cutout piece with a needle or tweezers.
When poking the holes by hand, be careful to place it in the center of the teardrop tip. This way, the earrings will hang straight from your ears. If you’re concerned about the placement, it might be helpful to draw a dot in pen or pencil before you poke the hole.
Don’t forget to add a hole in each layer of your earrings to hook them on the jump rings together. Usually, I use needle nose pliers to close the jump rings and attach them to the earring hooks.
Free Teardrop Earrings SVG
In my Resource Library, I’ve included a variety of teardrop earring SVG cut files available for free download. As you can see above, some of them have a solid shape. For these, I love to layer a smaller shape or more intricate design on top. In addition, I also have concentric teardrop earring templates with holes cut in the middle. These layer great with smaller solid teardrop shapes.
Whether you’re using a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, these free earring templates are great to get started on your crafting project. Follow these steps to make DIY faux leather earrings with the Cricut.
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