Cricut Faux Leather Winter Gnome Earrings

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DIY Faux Leather Gnome Earrings with a Cricut

The DIY holiday earring making continues with my latest design just for you: Winter Gnome Earrings made from faux leather, heat transfer vinyl, and a Cricut!

My Santa and Beard earrings were so popular (if you missed them, you can check them out here) and I received so many requests for a Gnome version, so here they are!

These Cricut Faux Leather Winter Gnome Earrings 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.

I’ll have the free earring SVG template for you in my Resource Library – I’ll tell you exactly how to get it in the Materials section below.

So if you’re ready to try making these Winter Gnome Earrings with a Cricut, let’s get started!

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CRICUT WINTER GNOME EARRINGS MATERIALS LIST

  • A Cricut cutting machine (or another cutting machine of your choice). I used the Cricut Maker, but you can use the Cricut Maker 3, the Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or the Cricut Joy.

NOTE: This design is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my Winter Gnome Earrings SVG templates, you may purchase a Commercial Use License from my shop here.

How to Make Faux Leather Winter Gnome Earrings with a Cricut

STEP 1 – Get the Free Winter Gnome Earrings Template

Download the free Winter Gnome earrings template (Design #194) from my free resource library. You can get the password by filling out the form above.

Save the zipped folder that downloads to your computer. You’ll need to unzip or extract the folder FIRST so you can upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.

STEP 2 – Upload The Gnome Earrings Template to Cricut Design Space

Click on Upload Image, then browse to where your unzipped file is located.

uploading gnome earring SVG to Cricut Design Space

Click on it to upload it to Design Space. You’ll see a preview of the SVG on the screen. Click the UPLOAD button.

uploading gnome earring SVG to Cricut Design Space

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

uploading gnome earring SVG to Cricut Design Space
prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

It isn’t necessary to resize the earrings.

Next, click on the green “Make It” button.

STEP 3 – Prepare to Cut Gnome Earring Shapes in Cricut Design Space

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

The white mat will cut from glitter heat transfer vinyl.

The light grey mat will cut from chunky glitter faux leather.

The blue mat will cut from blue faux leather.

materials used for faux leather gnome earrings

Click on each mat, one at a a time. Toggle the MIRROR button to on for EACH mat.

Also make a note of what size material you’ll need on each mat so the shapes cut out completely.

I will cut the blue faux leather mat first.

You can see in the mat preview below the blue gnome hats will cut from a piece of faux leather at least 3 inches wide and a little more than 2 inches tall.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

Press the CONTINUE button.

NOTE regarding which blade to use for all Cricut machines: I will cut the faux leather and the chunky glitter for this gnome earrings project with the standard fine point blade that comes with all the Cricut machines.

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.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

Now it’s time to prepare the faux leather mat to cut.

STEP 4 – Cut Blue 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 blue faux leather just slightly larger than the size shown in the mat preview screen.

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.

taping faux leather down to purple Cricut mat with blue painter's tape

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 before unloading Cricut mat

If not, press the C button again to repeat the cut.

Unload the mat and remove the hat earring shapes. You can trim any stray fuzz 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.

making earring holes in faux leather gnome earrings

If you want to color the edges of the faux leather so the white doesn’t show, use a color coordinated Sharpie marker.

coloring faux leather material edges

STEP 5 – Cut Chunky Glitter Faux Leather Mat

In Cricut Design Space, click on the light grey mat. Again, make a note of the size material you need to cut out the beard shapes completely.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

If necessary, drag your beard shapes in the mat preview screen to a nice and sticky part of your mat.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

The top left corner of my purple mats has lost some sticky, so I will cut the chunky glitter from the middle of the mat.

From the Materials Selection screen, again choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) with “More” pressure. Chunky glitter faux leather will cut with the regular fine point blade, just like the blue faux leather.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

Before cutting the chunky glitter faux leather, I like to protect my sticky purple mat from glitter residue. The best way to do this is trim a piece of Cricut Strong Grip Transfer Tape just slightly larger than the piece of chunky glitter.

strong grip transfer tape to protect purple Cricut mat

Peel the backing from the transfer tape and place it sticky side up on the purple mat.

strong grip transfer tape on purple Cricut cutting mat

Then place the trimmed piece of chunky glitter faux leather “pretty side” down on a purple mat and press it down all over with your fingers.

chunky faux leather glitter face down on strong grip transfer tape

Tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter’s tape.

Use a brayer to roll over the faux leather if you have one.

taped chunky glitter being rolled with a brayer on a purple Cricut cutting mat

Load the taped mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut. Repeat the cut if necessary before unloading the mat.

Remove the beard shapes from the mat.

Trim any frayed edges with small curved scissors and clean out or re-punch the holes.

cut chunky glitter faux leather earring shapes

STEP 6 – Cut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl Mat

Return to Design Space and click on the white mat, which will cut from white glitter heat transfer vinyl.

Make sure the MIRROR toggle is turned on. Make a note of the placement and size of vinyl you’ll need to put on the mat.

Press the green CONTINUE button.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

Use the Glitter Vinyl setting with “Default” pressure for the glitter vinyl mats.

prepping gnome earring SVG to cut in Cricut Design Space

Place the white glitter heat transfer vinyl for the shiny side down on a green standard grip cutting mat.

cutting glitter white heat transfer vinyl

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

If you are using Siser Glitter HTV like I am, repeat the cut once by pressing the C button again before unloading the mat.

When the cut is complete, unload the mat and remove the cut glitter vinyl.

Weed away the excess heat transfer vinyl and cut the shapes apart.

weeding glitter heat transfer vinyl for gnome earrings

STEP 7 – Press The Glitter HTV to the Faux Leather Earrings

Once the glitter HTV shapes are weeded, it’s time to press them onto the gnome hats.

preparing to heat press glitter vinyl onto faux leather gnome hats

Place the glitter white vinyl hat decorating layer on top of the blue faux leather hat shapes. Cover with a Teflon sheet or cover sheet.

Turn an EasyPress Mini on to the LOW setting, or an EasyPress to 275 degrees.

heat pressing white glitter vinyl onto blue faux leather gnome hats

When the press is warmed up, press for 5-7 seconds at a time, allowing the glitter HTV to adhere properly to the faux leather backing without overheating the faux leather itself.

heat pressing white glitter vinyl onto blue faux leather gnome hats

Then carefully peel away the glitter vinyl cover sheet.

heat pressing white glitter vinyl onto blue faux leather gnome hats

Repeat with the other earring.

STEP 8 – Attach the Jump Rings and Earring Hooks

Now it’s time to assemble the Winter Gnome earrings.

You’ll need jump rings no smaller than 6mm in size (7-8mm is probably best), earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers. I used 6mm jump rings because that what I had on hand.

Use the two pliers to open the jump rings and connect the gnome hat to the beard. Repeat for both earrings so the beards and hats are all connected.

attaching jump rings to gnome earrings

Next you’ll need to connect the earring hooks to the Gnome hats.

To do this, you’ll first need to turn the bottom loop on the fishhook sideways so your earrings will hang correctly.

Use one pair of flat nose pliers. Hold the hook firmly between two fingers, grip the entire earring loop between the pliers and twist your wrist 90 degrees. Repeat with the second earring hook.

turning earring hooks so earrings hang straight
turning earring hooks so earrings hang straight

For more step by step directions on attaching earring hooks, be sure to visit my post on how to make faux leather earrings hang straight.

attaching earring hooks to gnome earrings

Once the earring hook loop is turned 90 degrees, open a jump ring and connect the earring hook to the gnome hat. Use two pliers and close the jump ring again.

attaching earring hooks to gnome earrings

Repeat for the second earring.

That’s it! The faux leather winter gnome earrings are finished!

DIY Cricut Faux Leather Gnome Earrings
DIY Cricut Faux Leather Gnome Earrings

Aren’t these Cricut Faux Leather Winter Gnome earrings cute? If you do make this project, I would love to see your finished earrings. Please share a photo of them in the comments, or tag me on Instagram: @amyromeucrafts

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WANT THE SVG FILE SO YOU MAKE THESE CRICUT WINTER GNOME EARRINGS YOURSELF?

It’s Design #194 in my FREE Resource Library. Get instant access by filling out the form below!

NOTE: This design is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my Winter Gnome Earrings SVG templates, you may purchase a Commercial Use License from my shop here.

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4 Comments

  1. Jinger D Snapp-Laplace says:

    Oh my goodness Amy, these are adorable! Thanks for another great project!

  2. Christine Richards says:

    These are adorable! I love all things gnomes. Thank You!

  3. Oh my Lord in heaven, these are ADORABLE! I’m going to have to make a bunch with different colored hats so they go with all of my outfits. LOL!! Gnome earrings year-round!!

  4. Helen J Roberts says:

    I don’t know how I did without these! They are going to make the best gifts for all the “Gnomies” in my life!!! Thank you once again for sharing your talent.

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