Valentine Bling!

Happy Friday!! We are getting closer to Valentine’s Day! I know my youngest is excited to celebrate at school because we made him a monster truck box to put his Valentine’s Day.

Today’s project is so fun. I have wanted to try and make leather earrings for a long time. I know you can cut them out using the Cricut, but I did not know I could use my die cutting machine too. Sometimes I do not want to get out my Cricut and mats and everything that goes with that so I decided to invest in some earring dies off Amazon. I am so excited about these dies and they come in so many different shapes and sizes. It is all reasonably priced and you do not have to have a die cutting machine or a Cricut to do this project!

Lets Get Started

Supplies

I know this seems like a lot of supplies but it’s worth it! You will need thin leather, earring hooks, jump rings, and needle nose pliers. If you look on Amazon, there are bundles of leather and the earring pieces for around $15.00. It is a wonderful deal. Some even include the steel roll dies. Now if you do not have a die cutting machine, a lot of the bundles come with stencils. So you can trace the shapes and then cut them out.

You will also need a tiny hole punch and possibly some fabric glue. Please know that this is an investment but you can make SEVERAL pair of earrings from these supplies.

Start by using some wire cutters and cut apart the dies you want to use. Then cut out small pieces of leather to place under the dies on the machine just like you would paper. It will fit through your machine as long as you get the thin leather. My die cutting machine is a Spellbinders Platinum. Once you have the layers together, roll it through your machine.

If you do not have a die cutting machine, then trace the pattern out on the leather and cut it out.

Once your pieces are cut you can start layering the pieces together. I die cut some hearts to add to a few pair of the earrings. To glue the hearts onto the main earring pieces I used Fabric Tack. It is amazing fabric glue and once it dries, it is stuck solid. If you are tracing and cutting out your leather, you will need a tiny hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the leather to add your rings and hooks to.

Next, sort out the hooks you want for the earrings. I have a few different styles of hooks. I also have jump rings. Some hooks I just attached straight to the leather. Others I added two jump rings to the leather and then attached those to the earing hook. To open the hooks and rings, use two pair of needle nose pliers. Clamp the pliers down on each side of the opening of the ring or hook and twist the pliers to opposite sides. Once the ring or hook is open, place the leather piece in it and twist the opposite direction to close the ring or hook. It’s really easy.

Once the hooks are on your all done. How fun is that? I love being able to mix the different kinds of leather. I will be getting all kinds of leather in different types and patterns to make more earrings. These were so easy and took me about an hour to do all of these sets. They are perfect for a sweet Valentine’s Day date night!! I will be wearing the grey and red ones to my son’s hockey games. I might add his number on them.

This was such a fun project. I think it is a great one for a beginning crafter to do. Next week I will show you have to make some last minute Valentine’s Day cards. So come back next Friday. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe! Also find Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs on Instagram and Facebook.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Leather- Amazon

Earring Hooks and Rings- Amazon, Michaels Craft Supply

Earring Shape Dies- Amazon

Spellbinders Platinum- Spellbinder, Amazon

Hole Punch- Any office or craft supply store

Fabric Tack- Michael’s Craft Supply

Needle Nose Pliers- Michael’s Craft Supply

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