Learn how to make faux leather earrings with this easy tutorial. Using faux leather and seed beads, you can DIY these lovely pair of handmade teardrop shaped earrings in no time at all. And you don't need a Cricut machine too!
These pretty pair of leather earrings are made using faux leather. I am not a fan of animal leather and prefer to use faux leather. Having said that, you can also make these pair of earrings with genuine leather if you like.
The earrings consist of grey and yellow leather cut into teardrop shapes and glued together. Seed bead dangles in blue, orange and turquoise are then added to the bottom of each earring, forming cute bead dangles. The completed leather and bead dangles are then attached to thin earring hooks, for a perfectly gorgeous pair of DIY handmade leather earrings. All the materials needed for this project can be easily found in your local craft store.
Each earring measure 7.5cm long and 3cm wide.
How to Make
Here is my Youtube video tutorial on how to make the faux leather earrings. The complete list of tools and supplies needed to make your own leather earrings are provided right below, including step by step images for making these pretty handmade faux leather earrings.
Supplies (Materials List)
- Grey faux leather (approximately 5 cm by 8 cm sized piece of faux leather)
- Yellow faux leather (approximately 3cm by 5cm sized piece of faux leather)
- 22 small jump rings (approximately 0.4cm in diameter)
- 2 large jump rings (approximately 1cm in diameter)
- 2 earring hooks
- Seed beads (10 turquoise, 10 orange and 10 dark blue beads)
- Teardrop shaped mold or paper earring template (in 2 different sizes measuring 4cm by 2.75cm and 2.5cm by 1.75cm)
- Leather punch
- Flat nose jewelry pliers
- Round nose jewelry pliers
Cutting the faux leather
- Turn the grey leather piece over. Place the larger of the 2 teardrop shaped mold (or a paper template) onto the back of the faux leather sheets and mark the outline. Make 2 teardrop shapes.
- Repeat the process on the back of the yellow leather piece for the top layer of the earring design. Trace out 2 pieces of teardrop shapes.
- Cut out the teardrop shares with a pair of scissors (or a deep cut blade or knife blade).
- This is how the cut faux leather piece should look like.
Punch the holes (part 1)
- Before punching the holes, mark the position of the holes on your faux leather piece. To make sure the holes are perfectly centered, fold the leather piece into 2 as shown.
- Holding the leather piece in the folded position, mark 2 dots. One close to the pointed end of the shape, and another one exactly the opposite.
- Use a leather puncher to punch out the first small hole at the top. Use the smallest setting for the hole.
- Repeat the hole punching at the bottom.
Punch the holes (part 2)
- Mark 2 dots next to the hole at the bottom.
- Punch the holes out.
- Fold the leather piece into 2 again, and holding it folded, mark the 2 dots on the other side, using the punched holes as a guide.
- Punch the holes out. This is how it should look like.
Repeat punching holes for the 2nd leather piece
- Place the 2nd piece of the teardrop shaped grey faux leather piece underneath the earlier one. Make sure the backs are facing together and the shapes are perfectly aligned.
- Using the holes as a guide, mark small dots on the bottom leather piece.
- Remove the top leather piece and punch out the holes on the bottom piece.
- Next, turn the yellow teardrop leather piece over. Apply glue to the back.
- Attach it to the grey leather piece as shown.
- Repeat the process with the other side of the earring.
Make the seed bead dangles
- Insert the blue, orange and turquoise seed beads into a head pin in the order shown.
- Bend the excess pin to about 45 degrees.
- Form a loop with a round nose plier.
- Repeat the process to make 5 dangles for each earrings, and in total 10 for both sides.
Attach the dangles to the earrings
- Insert each dangle into a jump ring.
- Close the jump rings with a flat nose plier.
- Repeat the process for all the dangles.
- Next, open up a jump ring and insert into the first hole in the leather as shown.
- Keeping the jump ring open, insert one seed bead dangle.
- Close the jump ring. Repeat the process for all the 5 holes at the bottom of both the leather teardrops.
Attach the earring hook
- Open the smaller size jump ring.
- Insert the earring hook and close it.
- Next is fixing the bigger jump rings. Insert a large jump ring into the closed smaller jump ring.
- Keeping the large jump ring open, insert the leather piece into it.
- Close the jump ring with a flat nose plier.
- Repeat the process for the other side of the earring to complete the faux leather pair of earrings.
Here are some of the different options in making these earrings project:
Leather type and color
- I used faux leather to make these leather earrings. You can always use genuine leather if you like.
- And I chose to combine grey and yellow to make my leather earrings. These colors can easily be customized to the variety of colors that you like.
- I choose to make my earrings in teardrop shape. If you are not a fan of teardrop shape or wish to try out other different shapes, you can always do that. You can choose to cut your leather into circles, squares, rectangles and even diamond shapes.
- I made my faux leather earrings in bronze metal. This means that the earring hooks, the jump rings and the head pins are all in bronze.
- If you like to make your leather earrings in gold, simply replace all the metal color to gold ones. Likewise if you prefer silver metal.
Beads size and color
- For the size of these earrings, the dangles are best made with small beads like seed beads. If you like, you can replace seed beads with other similar sized beads such as pearl beads, or even crystal beads.
- As for the color, these are totally customizable. Choose the colors you like to make your leather earrings.
And that's pretty much my earring tutorial how to make leather earrings with faux leather and seed beads.
Like this easy tutorial? Here are my other tutorials for pretty pairs of earrings you might want to check out:
- How to Make Pearl Earrings
- DIY Dangle Earrings with Chain
- How to Make Pearl Drop Earrings
- DIY Seed Bead Earrings
- Beaded Hoop Earrings
- How to Make Beaded Teardrop Earrings
Happy crafting 🙂