How to Make Easter Chick Earrings & Easter Egg Earrings with a Cricut
Easter and Springtime is upon us, and of course I wanted to make some cute Easter earrings using faux leather, heat transfer vinyl, and my Cricut. You can make these Easter Chick Earrings & Easter Egg Earrings with the Cricut Maker, an Explore Air 2 or even the Cricut Joy! I hope you'll like these adorable Easter Chick and Easter Egg earrings - they are so fun to make.
In this tutorial, I'll give you my step by step instructions and tell you exactly what materials I used to make this project.
You can also download my FREE original SVG file for this project from my Resource Library - it's Design #173. I'll have a link to get the library password in the Materials section below.
Ready? Let's get started!
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Easter Chick & Easter Egg Earrings - Materials List
- A vinyl cutting machine. I used the Cricut Maker for this project (available at Amazon here or at Cricut.com). You can also use the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Joy (see this post on my blog for some tips before you cut faux leather with the Joy).
- Smooth white faux leather. I used this white faux leather from Amazon. Here's another smooth white faux leather from Amazon (sometimes out of stock). Heat transfer vinyl presses better to smooth faux leather, but you can use pebbled faux leather if that's what you have on hand.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl in the Easter colors of your choice. For the Easter Chick, I used Siser Easweed in Yellow, Orange, and Black and Siser Glitter Vinyl in Rose Gold (for the cheeks) and Siser Glitter Vinyl in White (for the eggshell). For the Easter Eggs, I used Siser Easyweed in Lilac, Mint, Sea Glass and Siser Glitter Vinyl in Blush.
- Cricut Strong Grip (Purple) Cutting Mat. You can buy these on Amazon here.
- Cricut Standard Grip (Green) Cutting Mat. Available on Amazon here.
- Blue painter's tape. This will help keep your faux leather in place on your mat. This is just regular painter's tape from the hardware store, or you can get it on Amazon here.
- Cricut EasyPress Mat. I like the 8x10 size for making earrings.
- Small scissors. These Fiskars 4" curved scissors are my favorite.
- A small hole punch (for punching earring holes in the faux leather when the earrings are fully assembled). This is my favorite earring hole punch from Amazon.
- Earring hooks - I used these silver toned shepherd's earring hooks from Amazon.
- Small jump rings - I used jump rings from this assortment of 6mm size jump rings in different metal finishes from Amazon here.
- Two pairs of flat nose pliers – My favorites are Wubbers brand in the "Baby" size. The pliers I use daily are the Baby Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers and the Baby Wubbers Flat Nose Pliers.
The SVG file template for these Easter Chick & Egg earrings. It's Design #173 in my FREE resource library. You can get the password and the link to the library instantly by filling out the form below, or the form towards the bottom of this post.
DIY Easter Chick & Easter Egg Earrings - PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1 - Download the SVG Cut Files
Download my free Easter Chick & Easter Egg Earrings SVG file (Design #173) from my Resource Library. Save the zipped folder that downloads to your computer. Then unzip the folder to access the folder's contents. You'll need to unzip or extract the files FIRST so you can upload the cutting file to Cricut Design Space.
STEP 2 - Upload the SVG File to Cricut Design Space
In Cricut Design Space, click on New Project, then Upload, then Browse to locate the unzipped SVG file on your device. Click on it to select it and upload it to Design Space. The SVG file will appear in your "Recent Uploads" row. Click on it to highlight it, then click INSERT IMAGES.
If you need help uploading a file to Cricut Design Space, click here.
The Easter Chick and Easter Egg earring designs are based on a faux leather bottom layer with layers of heat transfer vinyl pressed on top, one at a time.
They are already sized perfectly for earrings, but you can resize them slightly up or down if desired (keep in mind any drastic resizing will change the pre-cut earring hole shape and may make them difficult to weed).
All three designs (the chicks and two patterned eggs) will load onto your canvas. If you don't want to cut all three designs at once, click the eye icon next to the layers you don't want to cut.
Here is a view of all the layers separated out so you can see exactly what will cut. You don't need to separate out the layers like this on your canvas, this is just for illustration purposes. Each color will cut on a separate mat.
The white layers for both the chick and the eggs will cut from white faux leather. The light grey layer (the eggshell) will cut from white glitter heat transfer vinyl.
The rest of the chick layers and the egg layers will cut from the heat transfer vinyl colors/types of your choice (solid, glitter, etc).
You can recolor your layers to match the vinyl colors you've chosen, but you don't have to.
Click the MAKE IT button.
STEP 3 - Preview the Cutting Mats & Cut the Faux Leather To Size
The mat preview screens will load. It's not necessary to mirror any of the cutting mats in this project.
The white mat is the bottom layer in these earring designs. This layer will cut from white faux leather. Make a note of the size material you'll need to place on your mat so the shapes cut completely. In this case, the faux leather you'll need is about 8.5" wide and just over 2" tall.
Cut a piece of white faux leather to size and press the green CONTINUE button.
STEP 4 - Make Material Selections
Now you'll select your material for the first mat, the faux leather mat.
I use the material setting Faux Leather (Paper Thin) when cutting faux leather with my Cricut. I use the standard fine point blade that comes with the Cricut Maker and the Explore Air 2.
To find this Faux Leather material setting in Cricut Design Space, click on "Browse All Materials" to search for this setting. Type "faux leather" in the search bar and click on the magnifying glass.
Note: If you're using a Cricut Explore Air 2, turn your dial to "Custom" so you can choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you're using the Cricut Joy, set the machine to cut "with a mat" and then select Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the setting. Use the green Joy sized mat.
After you've selected Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as your material, choose MORE from the Pressure dropdown menu:
NOTE: If you want to put a backing on the faux leather, you can do that before you cut the faux leather earring shapes. To learn how, check out my YouTube video called What To Put On The Back of Faux Leather Earrings.
STEP 5 - Prepare Mats for Cutting
Place your cut piece of white faux leather pretty side down in the top left corner of a sticky purple cutting mat. Use the blue painter's tape to tape the faux leather down to the purple mat on all sides.
Carefully push your white star wheels on the roller bar off to the side so they don't roll over the faux leather while cutting.
Load the taped mat into the Cricut by aligning the mat between the mat guides and then pressing the double arrows button.
The "C" Cricut button will start to flash, indicating the machine is ready to cut. Press the C button to begin the cut.
When the cut is finished, but before you unload the mat, use a sharp tool (I'm using my weeding tool) to carefully lift the edge of the earring shapes to see if they cut all the way through. If they did, then click the double arrow button to unload the mat.
If they didn't, just press the C button again to repeat the cut. You can repeat the cut as many times as necessary as long as you haven't unloaded the mat.
Once the cut is complete, remove the cut earring shapes from the purple mat.
Take a moment to trim away any fuzzies on the edges of the faux leather shapes with small curved scissors like these. These are my favorite scissors from Amazon for trimming faux leather.
Return to Cricut Design Space to cut the additional vinyl mats. Your material settings will vary based on the vinyl you have chosen.
I cut the Glitter HTV mats using the Glitter Vinyl setting and "More" cut pressure.
I cut the regular heat transfer vinyl mats using the "Washi Sheet" setting and "More" pressure.
Cut and weed all of the vinyl layers and set aside.
STEP 6 - Press the Vinyl onto the Faux Leather
I'll be showing you how to assemble the Easter Chick earrings first.
I'll use an Easy Press Mini (on the lowest temperature setting) to press these earrings. You can also use a regular Easy Press or even an iron, on a low setting, NO steam. I recommend 275 degrees for an Easy Press.
Whatever you are using to press, you want to make sure you aren't pressing too hard or for too long so you don't flatten or damage the faux leather.
Before you press any layers, match up the vinyl layers onto the faux leather back layer to be sure you have the correct layers for the right and left earrings. In the photo below, you can see the eggshell cracks line up with the v-shaped lines at the bottom of the chick's head.
Once you've determined which yellow chick head layer goes on which faux leather earring shape, remove the eggshell layer so only the chick head layer is on the faux leather. I like to put the eggshell layer directly underneath the earring it goes with for future use.
Cover your earring shape with a cover sheet (teflon sheet or parchment paper) before pressing.
Gently press for 5-7 seconds, just long enough for the layer to stick down to the faux leather.
Peel the cover sheet off carefully. If the vinyl lifts, carefully place the cover sheet back down and press for a few more seconds.
The next layer to press will be the orange Easter chick wings. Again, use the eggshell layer to determine which chick wing layer goes on which earring, left or right. Once you are clear on which layer goes where, lay the orange wings layer onto the faux leather base and press.
Then press the eyes layer, and then the cheeks layer.
Finally, press the glitter eggshell layer.
When all the layers of heat transfer vinyl are pressed, cover each earring with a cover sheet again and press for a few seconds.
That's it for these cute little Easter Chick earrings! For the Easter Egg earrings, refer to the photos in the next step.
STEP 7 - Make the Easter Egg Earrings
To make the Easter Egg earrings, repeat the layering and pressing process.
Now it's time to attach the earring hooks.
STEP 8 - Attach the Earring Hooks
To attach the earring hooks, you’ll need small jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers.
To connect the earring hooks, you’ll first need to turn the bottom loop on the fishhook sideways so your earrings will hang correctly.
Use your two pliers to carefully open the jump ring. With the jump ring open, slide on the faux leather earring, and then add the earring hook. Be sure the hook is facing in the right direction.
Then use two pliers again to grip both sides of the jump ring and twist the jump ring closed again.
Repeat with the second Easter Chick earring, and then the Easter Egg earrings. That's it!
Aren't these Easter Chick Earrings and Easter Egg Earrings cute? If you do make this project, I would love to see your Cricut Easter earrings. Please share a photo of them in the comments, or tag me on Instagram: @amyromeucreative
For another fun Cricut Easter earrings project, check out my Easter Gnome Earrings here. They are Design #171 in my Free Resource Library.
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