Cricut Faux Leather Snowman Earrings

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faux leather snowman earrings cut with a Cricut

What’s cuter than Snowman Earrings? Why, Snowman Earrings that dance on the ears, of course! These Stacked Snowman Earrings have swing and movement, are so easy to make with faux leather and heat transfer vinyl. You can make them with a Cricut Maker, Maker 3, Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or even the Cricut Joy.

This SVG is included in my Christmas Earrings Event SVG Bundle – you can learn more and get it here.

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 Stacked Snowman Earrings with a Cricut, let’s get started!

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CRICUT SNOWMAN EARRINGS MATERIALS LIST

  • This SVG is part of my 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Earrings Event. To see all of the earring designs included in this event, click here.
  • 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.
materials used to make faux leather snowman earrings with a Cricut

How to Make Faux Leather Snowman 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 Stacked Snowman Earrings SVG template included in the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Earrings Event Bundle here or 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 Stacked Snowman 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 Stacked Snowman Earrings SVG on the screen. Click the UPLOAD button.

uploading snowman faux leather earrings to Cricut Design Space

Then select the SVG from your Recent Uploads row and click Add to Canvas.

uploading snowman faux leather earrings to Cricut Design Space

There will be two versions the earring SVGs – one with pre-cut holes and one without. Decide which version you want to use and delete the other one. You will need to ungroup both versions from each other first before you can delete.

uploading snowman faux leather earrings to Cricut Design Space

I strongly recommend using the “with holes” version of the snowman earrings because the earring holes are placed optimally for use with 6mm jump rings. Even if the Cricut doesn’t cut the holes all the way through, you’ll have a mark where you can see to finish punching the holes with a 1/16″ earring punch.

I suggest using the “no-holes” version if you want to change the size of the earrings or if you prefer making the holes manually using a hole punch.

I have a YouTube video all about earring holes if you want more information about faux leather earring holes or you need help deciding which version you want to use.

uploading snowman faux leather earrings to Cricut Design Space

It isn’t necessary to resize the earrings. 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.”

uploading snowman earrings in Cricut Design Space

See the graphic below to know which layer will cut from what material.

layering guide for faux leather snowman earrings made with a Cricut

For this project, I used white faux leather for the snowman shapes. Then I used glitter heat transfer vinyl for the black, red, and orange layers for the sample earrings. For this project, I used black regular heat transfer vinyl (instead of glitter) to show you how they look without glitter.

The mat preview screen will show all four mats for this faux leather earrings project, separated by color on the left hand side.

First, toggle the MIRROR button to ON for all the mats in the project. This is because faux leather and heat transfer vinyl cut face down. (If you are using permanent vinyl instead of heat transfer vinyl, don’t mirror the mats you plan to cut from permanent vinyl).

faux leather mat preview

On each mat preview, click and drag the shapes apart from each other just slightly.

Then click back on the faux leather mat to select it. Click the green CONTINUE button to make the first material selection.

STEP 4 – Make Material Selections

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.

I always cut the faux leather mat first.

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.

faux leather material settings cutting with a Cricut

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 a piece of faux leather just slightly larger than the size shown in the mat preview screen.

cutting faux leather with a Cricut

Place it pretty side down on a sticky purple cutting mat in the same location 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.

checking faux leather cut after cutting with a Cricut

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 with small curved scissors.

trimming stray fuzz from faux leather earring shapes

Clean out the precut holes with a sharp object if necessary. You can also punch the earring holes as needed with a 1/16″ hole punch.

cleaning out earring holes on faux leather earrings
punching out earring holes on faux leather earrings

STEP 6 – Cut the Vinyl Mats

Next, cut the vinyl mats. In Cricut Design Space, on the left hand mat preview, click on one of the vinyl mats to start.

cutting vinyl mats in Cricut Design Space

I cut the black Snowman hat, eyes, and buttons layers first. Choose from glitter heat transfer vinyl or regular heat transfer vinyl (or permanent vinyl if you prefer).

Reminder: if you are using heat transfer vinyl, be sure the MIRROR toggle is turned on. For permanent vinyl, leave MIRROR off.

You can use your mouse to hover over the mat to make a note of the size vinyl you need to cut out the shapes completely. I like to use a small piece of vinyl trimmed just larger than the shapes that need to cut.

Choose your material setting according to the vinyl type you are using. I used the “Vinyl” setting with “default” pressure for regular heat transfer vinyl. I use “Glitter Vinyl” for glitter HTV with “default” pressure.

NOTE: If you are using Siser Glitter heat transfer vinyl for any of your layers, I recommend repeating the cut once by pressing the C button again before unloading the mat.

vinyl material settings with a Cricut

Place the first heat transfer vinyl you plan to cut shiny side down on a green standard grip cutting mat in the location shown on the mat preview screen.

cutting heat transfer vinyl for snowman earrings with a Cricut

Load the green mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut.

When the cut is complete, unload the mat and weed away the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.

weeding heat transfer vinyl for snowman earrings with a Cricut

Repeat this process to cut the carrot nose and hat band vinyl mats, weed the excess vinyl, and trim the shapes apart with scissors.

cutting heat transfer vinyl for snowman earrings with a Cricut
glitter vinyl settings cut with a Cricut
weeding heat transfer vinyl shapes for snowman earrings cut with a Cricut

STEP 7 – Press the Vinyl to the Faux Leather Earring Shapes

I press vinyl to faux leather using a Cricut EasyPress Mini on the “low” setting (one green bar). You can also use a traditional EasyPress set to 255-265 degrees.

It’s important to have a heat pressing pad to protect your surface, as well as a cover sheet of some kind to put between the heat and your materials. You can use a piece of parchment paper, butcher paper, or a Teflon sheet.

snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press

Place the faux leather shape on the pressing pad and layer the vinyl on top.

snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press

Cover with a cover sheet and press for 7-10 seconds. You can move the EasyPress Mini around like an iron if you’d like to.

snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press

After 10 seconds, remove the cover sheet and carefully try to peel up the clear vinyl cover sheet. If it peels up easily, remove it. If the vinyl is pulling up, place the clear vinyl cover layer back down and repeat pressing for 5-7 seconds. Repeat this process until the vinyl adheres to the faux leather well.

snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press

Repeat with the buttons layer, the hat band layer, and the carrot noses. Cover each layer one at a time with a cover sheet and press. Repeat the pressing process with all layers on the other earring.

snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press
snowman faux leather earring shapes cut with a Cricut and ready to press

Then cover the layered earrings with your Teflon cover sheet or parchment paper and press one more time, for about 5 seconds.

If you want to color the edges of the snowman hat, use a Black Sharpie marker to touch up the edges.

coloring edges of faux leather with color coordinated sharpie marker

STEP 8 – Attach the Jump Rings and Earring Hooks

Now it’s time to attach the earrings hooks and the snowman snowballs together.

You’ll need six jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers. I use 6mm jump rings.

attaching earring hooks to snowman earrings made with a Cricut

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 snowman snowball shapes together. Then attach the earring hooks to the snowman earrings. Close the jump rings tightly to keep the earrings secure.

Faux Leather Stacked Snowman Earrings made with a Cricut

That’s it! Your Stacked Snowman Earrings made with faux leather and a Cricut are complete!

If you made these earrings, I would love to see them! Please share them in my Free Cricut Crafting Facebook group, Get Crafty with Amy Romeu. You can request to join here.

Printable Instructions

faux leather snowman earrings cut with a Cricut

Cricut Stacked Snowman Earrings

Materials

  • See blog post for materials & links.

Tools

  • See blog post for tools & links.

Instructions

  1. Download and unzip the earring SVG folder. Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
  2. On the canvas you will see two versions of the earring SVG - one with pre-cut earring holes and one without. Decide which version you will cut and delete the other version. I recommend cutting the "with holes" version for this project so you'll know where the holes are to connect the snowman shapes. Even if the Cricut doesn't cut the holes all the way through, you'll have a mark where you can finish up the holes with a 1/16" hole punch.
  3. You will need to UNGROUP the shapes before you can delete individual shapes or layers. UNGROUP and delete the version you aren't going to use.
  4. It isn't necessary to resize the earrings. Click the MAKE IT button.
  5. When Design Space asks how you will load the materials for this project, select ON MAT.
  6. In the mat preview screens, click on every mat and toggle the mirror button to ON. (This is for when you are cutting faux leather and heat transfer vinyl for the project. If you are using faux leather and permanent vinyl instead, only mirror the faux leather mat.)
  7. Now return to each mat and drag the shapes apart from the edges and each other slightly. Make a note of what size material you'll need to cut to place on the mat and cut the shape completely.
  8. When you've done this for each mat, click back on the faux leather mat. Click CONTINUE.
  9. I like to cut the faux leather mat first. 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.
  10. Trim a piece of faux leather to the size you noted in the mat preview screen. Place it "pretty" side down on a sticky purple strong grip mat. Tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter's tape.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove the cut shapes from the mat. Trim away any fuzz with small sharp scissors. Use a sharp weeding tool to clean out the earring holes. Use a 1/16" hole punch to completely punch the earring holes if needed.
  13. Return to Design Space and cut any vinyl mats using a green standard grip cutting mat. Place heat transfer vinyl shiny side down. I use the Vinyl setting or the Washi Sheet setting with "default" pressure for regular heat transfer vinyl. I use the Glitter Vinyl setting with "default" pressure for glitter heat transfer vinyl and I repeat the cut once if the glitter is thick (Siser brand). For permanent vinyl, I use the Vinyl setting with "default" pressure (make sure mats are NOT mirrored).
  14. Weed away the excess vinyl and cut the vinyl shapes apart.
  15. Using a Cricut EasyPress Mini set on the "low" setting or an EasyPress set to 265 degrees, press the heat transfer vinyl layers onto the faux leather base one at a time. Refer to the Layers Guide in the tutorial for the pressing order. Place the first vinyl layer onto the faux leather and cover with a cover sheet - Teflon sheet, butcher paper or parchment paper. Then press for 5-10 seconds. Remove the cover sheet and try to peel away the clear vinyl carrier sheet. If the vinyl lifts up, replace the clear carrier sheet and cover sheet and press again for 5-7 seconds.
  16. After the first vinyl layer is pressed, press each additional layer following the directions above. Once all layers are pressed, cover the earrings with the cover sheet and press once more for 3-5 seconds.
  17. Color the edges of the faux leather around the hat if desired with a color coordinated Sharpie marker.
  18. If you are using traditional shepherds earring hooks, turn the earring hooks 90 degrees with pliers first so the earrings hang straight.
  19. Connect the snowman snowball layers to each other with 6mm jump rings.
  20. Then connect the earrings to the earring hooks using 6mm jump rings.

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3 Comments

  1. I love love love these “snow” much!! Snowmen are my favorite Christmas decoration. I can’t wait to make these cuties!!

    1. That makes me so happy to hear, Leesa! Thank you for your comment!

  2. I made these earrings they are so cute.

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