The Must Have Items To Start Making Cricut Faux Leather Earrings

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What Do You Need to Make Earrings with a Cricut

The Only Supplies You Need To GET STARTED Making Faux Leather Earrings WITH YOUR CRICUT

Are you interested in making faux leather earrings with a Cricut, but don’t know where to start? I can totally relate! I’ve been making jewelry the old fashioned way for over 25 years, but when I got my first Cricut machine, I had no idea how to use it to make jewelry. In fact, my Cricut sat in the box for about two weeks before I had the courage to open it! True story!

Even though I was overwhelmed and terrified, I didn’t let my fear stop me. I really wanted to explore all of the amazing jewelry making things it can do.

I picked faux leather earrings as the first project I wanted to make. I had so many questions, though. Which Cricut machine can cut faux leather? What blade do I need? What color mat? What blade? What faux leather should I start with? How do I make an earring hole? I wasn’t really sure about any of it when I first got my machine.

So I embarked on a journey of getting to know my Cricut, and exactly how I can use it to do my favorite thing – make jewelry. I started doing research, watching You Tube videos, reading blog posts, and scouring the Cricut website. Through that process, and with lots of trial and error, I learned how to use my Cricut to make my first pair of faux leather earrings, and I was hooked!

If you are in the same position I was, when I wanted to make faux leather earrings with my Cricut but didn’t know where to start, I can help!

Let me help you by starting at the very beginning… because before you can start making faux leather earrings with your Cricut, you need the right tools, materials, and supplies.

I’ve come up a complete list with exactly what you need to get started making faux leather earrings with a Cricut. I would love to share what I’ve learned with you so you can get started on making faux leather earrings with your Cricut right away, without wasting time! I’m sure you’re eager to make amazing gifts for your family and friends, or sell your faux leather earring creations!

At the end of this post, I’ll be offering you my printable Cricut Earrings QuickStart Guide and my most popular teardrop earring SVG file, completely free! If you can’t wait until the bottom of the post, you can click here to request a free copy sent to your inbox:

Quickstart Guide to Cricut Earrings

Need a earring SVG file to start with? I’ve included a SVG file of my most popular teardrop shape for you in the QuickStart Guide. Just click on the button below to get your FREE Cricut Earrings Quickstart Guide & Teardrop SVG file sent to your email inbox right away:

If you’d rather watch my YouTube video on What You Need To Make Earrings with a Cricut, click here:

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If you’re ready for a deep dive into ALL the fun materials and supplies you can use to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut, check out my complete recommended Tools & Materials List here. Or you can keep reading about each of my recommended items!


A Cricut machine is where it all begins. You can make faux leather earrings with the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Explore Air 2, or any of the Cricuts in the Explore series. You can even make earrings with the new Cricut Joy! To read my post about how to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut Joy, click here.

I have the Cricut Maker, which I highly recommend for jewelry making, available at Amazon here. But if you have the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Joy, you can absolutely make faux leather earrings as well. If you’re wondering which blade to use in all three machines, keep reading!

What about the blade?

The Cricut Maker, the Cricut Explore Air 2, and the Cricut Joy come standard with a Fine Point Blade, which is the blade you’ll use to cut faux leather. So in terms of what blade you need, you’re all set when you purchase your Cricut.

NOTE: If you want to cut genuine leather with your Cricut, then you’ll need the Cricut Maker and the knife point blade or the deep point blade. You can read more about making leather earrings with a Cricut Maker in this post here.


A Cricut Strong Grip (Purple) Cutting Mat. Cricut mats are color coded based on their stickiness, and the Purple map is Strong Grip stickiness, perfect for faux leather.

I bought a 3 pack of purple (strong grip) mats so I always have fresh mats available, but you just need one to start. You can buy these on Amazon here, or at Michael’s here. They are also available at Hobby Lobby here, Joann’s here, and Walmart here.

Note: The Cricut Joy doesn’t have a purple mat that is “Joy sized,” but I’ve made earrings with the Joy on the Joy green cutting mat. I wrote another post that explains in full detail how to cut earrings with a Cricut Joy – you can see it here.)


Blue Painter’s Tape is key to making faux leather earrings with a Cricut without tearing your hair out! You’ll use blue painter’s tape to tape your faux leather material down to your cutting mat to keep it in place. Trust me, it’s a must have! You can buy blue painter’s tape at any hardware store, or on Amazon here.


A weeding tool and a small spatula tool. Both of these tools (and a few more) are part of the basic Cricut tool set which you can find on Amazon here. You can get also find the basic Cricut tool set at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, or Walmart.

I also love my Pin Pen Weeding Tool from 143Vinyl. It’s great for weeding intricate areas. You can see it here: Pin Pen Weeding Tool


New Cricut jewelry makers worry about exactly which faux leather to buy, but I have good news! I’ve made thousands of faux leather earrings from hundreds of different sheets of faux leather. In my experience, you can find success cutting faux leather with almost any brand or kind of faux leather if you use best practice tips and techniques as you prepare your mat and make your cuts.

Want to jump to my best tips and tricks for cutting faux leather with a Cricut? You can read this post about my Best Tips & Tricks To Cutting Faux Leather with a Cricut. Or you can watch this YouTube video:

So, what faux leather should you use?

There are a lot of great places to buy faux leather by the sheet, like Amazon, Etsy, and Hobby Lobby, to name a few. I’ve listed my favorite faux leather resources, including my favorite Etsy shops, on my Tools & Materials Resource list. Click here to see it. Scroll to the bottom to jump right away to my favorite Etsy shops for faux leather!


A very small hole punch. I often add the earring hole to my SVG so the Cricut cuts the hole, but it’s nice to have a reliable hole punch for earring styles where you may want to punch the hole after the earring is cut. I love my 1/16″ Paper Punch, for cutting holes in faux leather, faux suede, glitter faux leather, cork, and many more. You can see the one I have and use all the time on Amazon here.


Small, sharp, curved scissors. I like having small, sharp, curved scissors on hand to cut out small areas of faux leather that the Cricut doesn’t cut completely. I recommend having a pair on hand, like my favorite 4 inch curved Fiskars scissors on Amazon here. They are also great for trimming little fuzzies on the edges of the faux leather after cutting.


I use two pair of flat nose pliers to make earrings – one pair of wide nose pliers and one pair of chain nose (also called needle nose) pliers. That’s all you need to get started. My favorites are the Baby Wubbers Chain Nose Piers on Amazon here, and the Baby Wubbers Flat Nose Pliers, also on Amazon here.

Jewelry making tools are a minor investment, but if you want to make a lot of Cricut jewelry, or you plan to sell your creations, they are essential items that will last you for years and years. Eventually, you’ll want to add wire cutters and round nose pliers to your jewelry making tool kit, but you don’t need them to start making faux leather earrings.

Can you get away with using less expensive tools, or using tools from your garage tool box? I wrote a whole post all about buying jewelry making tools that answers these questions and more, which you can check out here. I also recommend tools at different price points in that post, and have a free printable tool shopping list to help you shop.


Earring Hooks. There are a wide variety of earring hooks available, in an assortment of metal types and colors. When you are making faux leather earrings for the first time, I recommend buying an assortment pack of earring hooks to get started with. I recommend this assorted earring hook pack from Amazon here.

Once you have some experience with earring hooks, you can start to branch out and explore different metal types. I really like the ease and convenience of the jewelry making section at Hobby Lobby. They have so many earring hooks in different metals, from 18k Gold to Sterling Silver, and in different pack sizes, depending on your needs.

If you are going to be making faux leather earrings to sell, I highly recommend checking out the earring hook assortment at Fire Mountain Gems. They have excellent quality items, a huge selection, and their prices on bulk findings can’t be beat.

Jump Rings. Jump rings are small circles that open and close to connect jewelry elements together. In the case of faux leather earrings, jump rings connect the faux leather earring shape to the earring hook.

Jump rings come in many sizes, but the 6mm size is perfect for faux leather earrings. Just like the earring hooks, it’s great to start with an assortment jump rings in different metal colors. This assortment of 6mm jump rings from Amazon here is a great place to start.

Again, when you’re ready to dive deeper into earring making, check out the jump ring selections at Hobby Lobby, your local craft or bead store, or Fire Mountain Gems.

Note: There’s a trick to using jump rings and earring hooks to make your earrings hang straight! Be sure to check out my post about how to make your earrings hang straight here.

What if I don’t have jewelry making tools yet?

If you don’t want to use (or don’t have) jewelry making tools, don’t worry! You can still make faux leather earrings with earring hooks called Ear Wires with Balls. Here’s a link to Ear Wires with Balls from Hobby Lobby so you can see what they look like. You can find these earring hooks at any bead store or craft store.

These earwires with balls are great because you don’t need tools or jumprings, and you can make a pair of earrings in just minutes! Check out my post about making leather earrings without tools here to see these ear wires with balls in action.


I’ve saved the most important thing you need for last – a good earring template SVG cut file! There are so many earring template SVG files out there, and it’s critical that the designs you choose (especially when starting out) are simple shapes that will cut easily. I see so many earring templates on Etsy that are pretty as digital files, but are nearly impossible to cut well due to thin areas or complex and intricate cuts.

So do your research when you are starting out. Cricut Design Space has quite a few earring cut files. If you’re shopping on Etsy, look for Etsy shops with good reviews for their SVG files. Also check for actual photographs of earrings made from SVG files, that will help you to know if they will cut well or not.

You can also start with FREE earring cut file templates!

I have so many Cricut faux leather earring tutorials on my blog that would be great starter projects. Click the banner below to see them all!

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If the idea of endlessly searching the internet for information on how to make faux leather earrings with a Cricut sounds frustrating, I totally get it! I felt that way, too, when I was just starting out. That’s why I created my Cricut Earrings Made Easy Workshop. This instant access workshop has all the information you need to get started making earrings with your Cricut. It also includes step by step video tutorials, a printable workbook, and 12 of my best selling earring cut file templates, so you can get started making earrings right away.

If you want to learn more about the Cricut Earrings Made Easy Workshop, click the link below!


My best selling workshop Cricut Earrings Made Easy is available now!

Includes instant access, step-by-step video tutorials and 12 of my best selling earring template SVG cut files. Printable workbook, convenient shopping list with links, and more.

Finally, I want to offer you a FREE Printable Cricut Earrings QuickStart Guide with all the essential steps you need to take to make your first pair of earrings with a Cricut. Instructions include the Cricut Maker, the Maker 3, the Cricut Explore Air 2, the Explore 3, and the Cricut Joy.

Quickstart Guide to Cricut Earrings

Need a earring SVG file to start with? I’ve included a SVG file of my most popular teardrop shape for you in the QuickStart Guide. Just click on the button below to get your FREE Cricut Earrings Quickstart Guide & Teardrop SVG file sent to your email inbox right away:

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions about making faux leather earrings, or if you want to show me what you’ve created, I’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to me at [email protected].

Until next time… and happy creating!


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Everything You Need to Make Cricut Earrings

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  1. Can you tell me what cricut machine I need to cut faux leather to make earrings

  2. Hi Amy,

    thank you for sharing all your knowledge, its great! I want to create some earrings from faux leather, I have a maker but I have no idea what setting to use to cut them?
    I actually thought I needed to invest in a deep cut blade. I love your butterfly wing earrings and would love to make them.

    1. Hi, Chelle!
      Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you are excited to make faux leather earrings with your Cricut. You actually don’t need the deep point blade, you can cut most faux leathers with the regular fine point blade. You’ll find all of my steps and settings for making faux leather earrings with a Maker in this post:
      And I have a post specifically about making the butterfly earrings with a Maker that you may want to check out too. The link is here:
      Thank you.

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