Monday, February 13, 2017

Painted Leather Earrings and Necklace Made With Cricut

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Did you know you could use your Cricut to cut materials other than paper or vinyl? When I saw a couple of my blogger friends making earrings out of faux leather, I had to try it! Cricut sells a faux leather, which I used in my Heart shaped barrette project, but I had real leather on hand, so I thought I would try it.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

Supplies:
Cricut Explore Air
Strong Grip Cutting mat (so your leather does not shift)
Cricut Deep Cut Blade
Leather
Spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum Metallic)
Jump rings
Necklace chain
Earring hardware
Pliers
Painters Tape

Using the Cricut Design space, I selected a Make it Now project and customized the rectangles to the size I wanted.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.



Since the leather is thick, you will need a deep cut blade, which I did not realize until after my first cut did not go all the way through the leather. You will also need to choose "custom" for the material in the design space, since "leather" is not on the machine dial. Tip: If the material does not cut all the way through the first time, DON'T UNLOAD the mat. Press the "C" Button again and the machine will re-cut the material.

Once the pieces are cut, use the painters tape to completely cover the top half of the leather pieces. The only part that should be exposed is the area to be painted. I placed my tape on the diagonal, for a geometric look.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

I placed the pieces on a board outside and sprayed a coat of metallic paint on the exposed areas.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and use a needle to poke a hole in the top of each of the leather pieces.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

For the necklace, use the pliers to twist open the jump ring and thread it through the hole in the leather. Slide the pendant onto your necklace chain.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.


For the earrings, use the process above to attach the jump ring to the earrings, then attach the ring to the earring hardware.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

You now have a custom earring and necklace set that is the perfect addition to any outfit!

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and  necklace set.

You can also use the chain to add some bling to your leather earrings, like I did with this pair of feather earrings.

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and necklace set.

Here are some of the other materials your Cricut Explore Air can cut:

Did you know the Cricut can cut leather? Get the tutorial for a painted leather earrings and necklace set.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless on what you can create using your Cricut Explore Air! Let me know in the comments what your favorite material is to cut with your Cricut!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

10 comments:

  1. I would have never thought of this, but was a neat idea!! I have a Silhouette Cameo, I'll need to see if mine can do leather.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. If it won't cut real leather, they make a faux leather that is thinner and works just as well.

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  2. Wait. You made earrings with the Cricut??

    They look SO awesome!! Seriously, Is there anything that this nifty little machine DOESN'T do!?

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    1. Yes girl, and No, I don't think there is anything the Cricut can't do :-)

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  3. How cool! I love the feather ones! I had no idea my cricut could do that!!

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    1. I know! I learn something new everyday about my Cricut!

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  4. What a cool project! I like the chic, modern, slightly abstract designs. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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  5. Love those feather earrings! I really need a cricut in my life!

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    1. Thank you! You really do! I didn't know how much I was missing!

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