I love taking a classic holiday design like a Christmas tree and giving it a modern twist! That’s exactly what I did with these Faux Leather Connected Christmas Tree Earrings. They are so easy to make with faux leather and some jump rings! You can make them with a Cricut Maker, Maker 3, Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or even the Cricut Joy.
I also have the earring SVG template for sale individually in my shop – the link is in the Materials section below.
So if you’re ready to try making these Faux Leather Connected Christmas Tree Earrings with a Cricut, let’s get started!
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CRICUT CONNECTED CHRISTMAS TREE EARRINGS MATERIALS LIST
- Buffalo Plaid Assorted Pack
- Top – Solid Green Faux Leather
- Middle – Printed Faux Leather
- Bottom – Printed Faux Leather
- This SVG is part of my 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Earrings Event. Visit the event page here to learn how to download this SVG as part of the event.
- Get the earring template from my shop here. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my earrings SVG template, there are commercial use license options available at this link, too.
- Cricut machine of your choice: Cricut Maker 3, Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Explore Air 2, or the Cricut Joy
- Purple “Strong Grip” cutting mat
- Blue Painter’s Tape
- Cricut Weeding Tool (I use the one from this basic tool set)
- 1/16″ Hole Punch
- Jewelry Pliers – Needle Nose and Wide Flat Nose
- Earring hooks in Silver finish and Gold finish
- 6mm Jump Rings in Silver finish and Gold finish
How to Make Faux Leather Connected Christmas Tree Earrings with a Cricut
For a printable version of the text portion of project instructions, click here.
STEP 1 – Get the Earrings SVG Template
You can get the Connected Christmas Tree Earrings SVG template from my shop here. You’ll receive an order confirmation email with a link to download the SVG after purchasing.
Save the zipped folder that downloads to your computer. You’ll need to unzip or extract the folder FIRST so you can upload the Connected Christmas Tree Earrings SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
STEP 2 – Upload The Earrings SVG Template to Cricut Design Space
Click on Upload Image, then browse to where your unzipped file SVG is located on your device.
Click on it to upload it to Design Space. You’ll see a preview of the Connected Christmas Tree Earrings SVG on the screen. Click the UPLOAD button.
Then select the SVG from your Recent Uploads row and click Add to Canvas.
There will be two versions of each of the earring SVGs – one with pre-cut holes and one without.
For this project, I strongly recommend using the “with holes” version since the earring shapes all link together. Even if the Cricut doesn’t cut the holes all the way through, it will make a mark so you know where to finish making the hole with a 1/16″ hole punch or sharp object.
Use the “no holes” version if you are resizing the design or you plan to punch all the holes manually with a hole punch.
Once you’ve decided which version you want to use, delete the other pair of earrings. You will need to ungroup both versions from each other first before you can delete.
Your canvas in Design Space should now look like this.
Since all three layers in this project will cut from faux leather, we can save time by having the Cricut cut all three layers on the same cutting mat. If you aren’t interested in trying this trick, you can just proceed to pressing the Make It button and cutting each mat individually.
But if you want to save some time, we can change the shapes to the same color so we can cut all three different shapes on the same mat.
There are two ways to do this. The first is to draw a box around all the shapes and then choose a color from the Color Picker.
The second way is to use the Color Sync feature (at the top of the right side of the layers panel). Click on Color Sync and you’ll see the layers on the canvas separated by their unique color codes.
Click on one of the layers and drag it up to another colored layer set. This will change the color of the layer you dragged to the same color. Repeat with all the layers until they are all the same color.
When all the shapes on your canvas are the same color, click the green “Make It” button.
STEP 3 – Prepare to Cut Earring Shapes in Cricut Design Space
When Design Space prompts you to choose how you will load your materials for this project, choose “On Mat.” Then click the green CONTINUE button.
If you use the Color Sync technique from the previous step, the mat preview screen will show all the shapes on one cutting mat.
First, toggle the MIRROR button to ON for all the mats in the project. This is because faux leather cuts face down.
Then click and drag the shapes apart from each other and onto distinctly separate parts of the mat. This will allow you room to place the three different pieces of faux leather and have room to tape around each one.
Click the green CONTINUE button to make the material selection.
STEP 4 – Make Material Selection
Note for Explore Air 2 users: Cricut Explore Air 2 users will need to turn the dial to “Custom” before choosing Faux Leather (Paper Thin).
Note for Cricut Joy users: Cricut Joy users should check out my tutorial on How to Make Earrings with the Cricut Joy with more specific instructions for Joy users.
On the Material Selection screen, choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you don’t have this material setting as a favorite, click “Browse All Materials” to search for it and select it.
Then select “More” from the Pressure dropdown menu.
Now it’s time to prepare the faux leather mat to cut.
STEP 5 – Cut the Faux Leather Mat
NOTE: I didn’t put a backing on these faux leather earrings in this tutorial to keep it as short as possible. But I do have a post here and a YouTube video here that demonstrate four ways to put a back on faux leather earrings if you want to learn more.
Cut three pieces of faux leather just slightly larger than the sizes shown in the mat preview screen. You can use your mouse and hover over the mat preview on the left hand side to remind yourself of the placement for the different shapes that will cut.
Place the pieces of faux leather pretty side down on a sticky purple cutting mat in the same locations as shown in the mat preview screen.
Tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter’s tape.
Make sure the white “star wheels” on the roller bar are pushed off to the side so the wheels don’t make indentations in your material.
Load the mat into the Cricut by lining up the mat with the guides and pressing the double arrows button. The machine will pull the mat into the machine.
Press the C button to begin the cut.
After the cut is complete and before unloading the mat, use a weeding tool to carefully lift the edge of the faux leather shape to see if the cut was complete.
If not, press the C button again to repeat the cut.
Unload the mat and remove the earring shapes. You can trim any stray fuzz or the hole with small curved scissors.
Use a sharp weeding tool to poke through the earring holes. If they didn’t cut completely, use a 1/16″ hole punch to punch the earring holes.
If you want to color the white edges of the faux leather to match the color of the front of the material, you can use a color coordinated Sharpie marker to color the edges.
STEP 6 – Attach the Jump Rings and Earring Hooks
Now it’s time to attach the Christmas tree layers and add the earrings hooks.
You’ll need 10 jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers. I used 6mm jump rings and they worked really well for the placement of the holes.
I like to twist the bottom loop of the earring hook 90 degrees first so the faux leather earrings hang straight.
For more details and step by step instructions on how to do that, you can watch my YouTube video here.
Then use the two pliers to open the jump rings and connect the faux leather earring shapes to each other, and then to the earring hooks. Close the jump rings tightly to keep the earrings secure.
That’s it! Your Connected Christmas Tree Earrings made with faux leather and a Cricut are complete! Here’s another pair I made with different printed faux leathers.
- See blog post for materials & links.
- See blog post for tools & links.
- Download and unzip the earring SVG folder. Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
- On the canvas you will see two versions of the earring SVG - one with pre-cut earring holes and one without. I recommend using the "with holes" version for this project since the jump ring placement is key. If you are resizing the earrings or you know you want to punch the holes manually with a hole punch, use the "without holes" version.
- Once you've decided which version you will cut, delete the other earring pair. You will need to UNGROUP the shapes before you can delete individual shapes or layers.
- All three layers for these earrings will cut from faux leather. If you want all of the layers to cut on the same faux leather mat, make all the pieces the same color. Either select all the layers and choose one color using the Color Picker, or click on Color Sync and drag all the layers to one color. Once that's done, click the MAKE IT button.
- When Design Space asks how you will load the materials for this project, select ON MAT.
- In the mat preview screen, toggle the mirror button to ON. The drag the three pairs of shapes apart from each other to different places on the mat. Click CONTINUE.
- Choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you don't have this setting selected, click "Browse All Materials" and search for it. (On the Explore Air 2, turn your dial to Custom so you can see the Faux Leather material choice.) Then choose "more" from the Pressure drop down menu.
- Trim three pieces of faux leather to the size you noted in the mat preview screen. Hover over the mat preview image if you need a reminder of what sizes you need to cut and where to place them.
- Place the pieces of faux leather "pretty" side down on a sticky purple strong grip mat. Tape the faux leather pieces down on all sides with blue painter's tape.
- Load the mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut. When the cut is complete, BEFORE unloading the mat, use a sharp object like a weeding tool to lift up the corner of a cut to see if it went all the way through. If it did, unload the mat. If not, repeat the cut by pressing the C button again. On a Joy, you'll repeat the cut by clicking on "Rerun" on the screen in Design Space.
- Remove the cut shapes from the mat. Poke through the earring holes with a sharp weeding tool. Use a 1/16" hole punch to finish some of the holes if necessary.
- Trim away any fuzz with small sharp scissors. Color the edges of the faux leather if desired with a color coordinated Sharpie marker.
- If you are using traditional shepherds earring hooks, turn the earring hooks 90 degrees with pliers first so the earrings hang straight.
- Connect the earring shapes to each other using 6mm jump rings. Then add the earring hooks.