Looking for a quick project to jazz up your Independence Day attire? How about these cute DIY Patriotic Earrings? They’re a great way to use of scraps of faux leather as well as leftover bits and pieces of patterned HTV. (Yes, I do keep my scraps. They’re much too pretty to waste!!!)
Earring designs are small enough to cut easily on any Silhouette or Cricut machine – the Silhouette Cameo, Portrait or Curio as well as the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air, or Cricut Joy.
I’ve provided the cut files for you so grab some faux leather, a little patterned HTV, and let’s get started!
What You’ll Need
- Faux Leather – red, white, and blue for the solid earrings and scraps of any color for the pattern earrings
- Scraps of pattern Heat Transfer Vinyl in two coordinating prints
- Heat Press or Iron
- Cut File (see below)
- Cutting Machine and Software (I used my Silhouette Cameo, but the SVG file will work in Cricut Design Space and other cutting machine software as well).
- Xyron Sticker Maker
- Brayer or similar tool
- Ear wires (I like the fish hook style)
- Diamond Tip Reamer (optional)
Download the free cut files:
Patriotic Pattern Earrings
- Begin by pressing the pattern HTV to a scrap piece of faux leather – you won’t need much, nor will you have to press for very long! I found that I only needed to press for 2-3 seconds at 305 degrees for the heat transfer vinyl to adhere well to the faux leather.
- Open the file in Silhouette Studio. Position the design on your screen in an area that corresponds to where you’ve placed the faux leather on your cutting mat. I used long, narrow scraps of faux leather, so I set up my design in columns.
- Cut the earrings pieces. My scrap was Walmart faux leather and the cut settings needed no adjustment for the addition of HTV (Blade 10, Speed 1, Force 18, Passes 1). I recommend you always make a Test Cut before cutting out a new material.
- Once the faux leather is cut, apply adhesive to the wrong side of the backing piece. (My favorite way to apply the adhesive is with the Xyron Sticker Maker. You can see me demo it here.)
- Match the front pieces of the earring to the backing. Begin with the largest piece and then add the remaining pieces one at a time. Once all the pieces are in place, roll with a brayer or similar tool to firmly bond the layers and smooth out areas where the edges of the faux leathers meet.
- Add some earwires and you are done!
Solid Faux Leather Earrings
To make the solid faux leather earrings, simply skip step 1 and go right to cutting. This solid faux leather is from Gayle’s Nest (now Missitopia) and my cut settings were:
Blade=10 Speed=1 Force=33 Passes=2
Cutting the stars did prove to be a little bit of a challenge, so make sure that you’re using a very sticky mat. You may also want to secure the faux leather even further by placing painter’s tape around the edges.
Use the negative space from the cut to make an additional pair of earrings! Add an ear wire hole to the area before sending the job to cut or use this handy reamer tool (like I did!) to poke a hole in the faux leather after it has been cut.
Faux leather earrings are fun, fashionable, and can be suited to any occasion. The creative possibilities are virtually endless! They’re a fun project to make with your crafty friends and make a great gift too!
For More Inspiration
Be sure to check out my other faux leather earring posts for even more great ideas:
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Looking for more crafts to make for the summer holidays? Check out my Patriotic Wreath!
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Until next time,
Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.