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DIY Leather Leaf Earrings

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These are the earrings heard ‘round the world! If you are a Joanna Gaines fan, you know she rocked these regularly on the final season of her hit renovation show Fixer Upper. Known as much for her personal style as her home decorating prowess, this signature accessory exploded in popularity. We love them because they are lightweight, face-flattering, versatile and despite the trendiness, they will stand the test of time.

These days, we are ALL ABOUT LEATHER at Dragonfly Designs! We offer both Adult Jewelry, Textile & Leather Art Lab and Leatherworking & Metalsmithing Art Camp for tweens. You’ll love working with this textile that manages to be luxurious and down-to-earth at the same time. We’ve created a FREE template so you can make your own Joanna Gaines-inspired Leather Leaf Earrings. It allows you to create not just one pair but a whole wardrobe!

Leather Leaf Earrings Free Template

Put your own stamp on them by varying the leather from matte to metallic, neutral to colorful and solid to print. The simple, teardrop style can go Boho (our personal fave) with a pair of jeans and peasant blouse or more elegant (gold metallic with a spring dress – yes, please!) They make such a great gift to keep on hand for your fashion-forward friends. Get everyone together to make them while binge-watching episodes of Fixer Upper!

Materials Needed for DIY Leather Leaf Earrings

– Fake Leather

– Scissors

– Two Pairs of Chain Nose Pliers

– Two Jumprings

– Two ear wires

– Optional: leather paint, rivets, eyelets, etc. (for decoration)

–  Ball Point Ben for tracing

– Free downloadable earring shape template! (Click below)

Leather Leaf Earrings Free Template

Step by Step Instruction to DIY Your Own Leather Leaf Earrings

Step 1: Grab your fake leather of choice, and using a ballpoint pen, trace the pattern around on the wrong side of the fabric, twice. Use sharp scissors to cut your leaf shapes.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 1A

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 1B

Optional – Step 1.5: Decorate your fake leather with leather paint, rivets, eyelets, whatever you’d like! We opted for a more minimal approach, but don’t hold back your creativity!

Step 2: You’ll need two small holes on the curved top part of the leaf shape. Follow our pattern to make sure these are in the right place, and mark with a pen.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 2A

 

Step 3: We used a bookbinding owl to pierce the two holes on the leather – if you don’t have this tool on hand, try a sharp needle or embroidery scissors.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 3A

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 3B (wecompress.com)

Step 4: Using two chain-nose pliers, twist your jumpring open. Slide the jumpring through both holes in the fake leather.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 4C

Step 5: Add your ear wires by looping the jumpring through the earring wire. 

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 5A

LEather Leaf Earrings Step 5B

Step 6: Close the jumpring.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 6

 

Step 7: Position the jumpring so that it faces upward, and cinches the curve of the leaf together, to create that three-dimensional shape we’re looking for. It helps to continue using your pliers for this step.

Leather Leaf Earrings Step 7A

Step 8: Repeat on the other leaf, and you’re done!

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Let’s see your interpretation of these hot Leather Leaf Earrings! Did you change up the shape or use a fun patterned leather? Please share with us on social media and tag us @hellodragonflyfun. Be sure to check out our new Adult Jewelry, Textile & Leather Art Lab classes!

 

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Stacee Gillelen

Mother of four, artist, and founder of Dragonfly Designs. After my second daughter was born, I left my career in banking and fell in love with the art of jewelry making, and found that I just couldn’t stop spreading the joy of it to others.

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