I don’t know about you, but I just love a statement leather earring. Whenever I’m in a hurry… or dressing up…or just picking the kids up from school, I almost always reach for a leather earring. They seem to have the magical ability to make a bold statement without being heavy or uncomfortable at all. No matter how big or bold, every leather earring I have ever made is as lightweight as my feather ones.
So today, I thought it would be fun to make 3 super simple leather earrings DIY tutorials. I even created a free printable template for you to use if you scroll down to the bottom of the post!
To make this leather earrings DIY, all you need to do is print out the free template below and cut out the different sizes. From here, feel free to play around with designs and different variations. I created 3 simple variations to show the printables versatility but I also want to invite you to come up with your own designs as well!
Since this project takes very little fabric, you can get even more creative and experiment. You could cut one pair of each size and layer them to create a long, boho look. Or, incorporate basic jewelry chain and use open jump rings to attach them to your leather like the middle example. You could even incorporate all of those ideas to make the chain connect two layered sizes of leather with a simple stone bead in the center. The possibilities are endless to create something you really like!
A Quick Explanation Of Basic Jewelry Supplies:
To really use this leather earrings DIY template to it’s fullest capacity, let’s briefly go over some DIY jewelry supplies. They will make this project so much easier and allow you to really use your creativity and come up with unique designs.
- Open Jump Rings: These tiny metal hoops are the basic connectors in between chain, closures, and other jewelry materials. They are extremely inexpensive and will save you so much wasted energy trying to re-link individual chain pieces.
- Leather Hole Punch: I prefer an adjustable leather hole punch for it’s extra versatility, but you will be surprised how often this little tool comes in handy. For today’s tutorial we’ll be using it to create little holes in your leather earrings DIY template but it will also come in handy when you want to add an extra hole into a belt, a purse, or even shoe refashions.
- Basic Jewelry Chain: Interlinked chain comes in handy in almost any DIY jewelry project. Use them to create necklaces for your favorite DIY wire wrapped pendants, body jewelry, earrings, and more. I like to buy jewelry chain in bulk because it takes up almost no space in your craft room and always comes in handy
- Jewelry Plier Kit: Basic jewelry pliers are a must-have for connecting jump rings, chain, and wire-wrapping. Basically, anytime you are working with metals of any kind, jewelry pliers are going to come in handy. I like to buy kits of three since they come with needle-nose pliers, bent pliers for extra-tight corners, and wire cutters to remove any excess that could lead to clothing snags.
- Earring Fish Hooks: These basic earrings blanks are the piece that actually creates a functional earring. the fish hook design make them ideal for nearly every dangle earring type and are the go-to for every earring tutorial on Creative Fashion Blog.
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How To Make This Leather Earrings DIY
After you’ve printed out the FREE template (just scroll down to the bottom of this page for the download) cut out the size you’d like to begin with. I like to print all of my templates on card stock paper so they hold up better if I want to make more for friends and family.
Once you have your template, it’s time to cut it out in leather. You can use faux leather or a real leather. For today’s tutorial and the examples in my photos, I mixed both. Just in case you’re unsure where to find real leather pieces, I’ve included a few shoppable options here:
Now it’s time to assemble your leather earrings DIY. Before I ever pick up my pliers, I like to lay the design out flat to picture it all together. I also use my leather hole punch to make assembling it a piece of cake. Once you’re happy with the overall look, use your jewelry pliers to open your jump rings and loop them through the punched holes in your leather pieces. This is where doing the prep-work beforehand comes in especially handy!
This is what my largest leather earrings looked like as it was going together. I wanted to show you how I lay each material out in advance and put everything together.
Now feel free to play around, experiment and come up with a few new designs that are all your own!
As always, if you have any questions while you are making this (or any) DIY on Creative Fashion Blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and love hearing about your projects!
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