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If you are like me and love everything to do with heat transfer vinyl, you are going to love the new Cricut EasyPress Mini! Not only can you take on those small, odd-shaped projects, but you can do so with a tool designed just for that purpose!
One of my favorite things to make using my Cricut Maker and my Cricut EasyPress Mini is earrings. Leather earrings, faux leather earrings, and even wood. You can make any custom design you want, iron on some fun patterns, and have a new look in almost no time!
To learn how to make these cute palm earrings, read the steps below.
To see some additional project ideas using your Cricut EasyPress Mini, scroll to the bottom, or click here.
DIY Real Leather Earrings
Cutting leather on your Cricut Maker is a breeze. Adding a fun pattern on the leather is even easier when you have a Cricut EasyPress Mini! To make this easy project you need the following materials:
- Cricut Metallic Leather For Small Projects – I used the bronze color
- Glitter HTV – I used silver, but pick any HTV that speaks to you
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- Jump Rings – 6mm or larger should work
- Fishhook Earrings
- Jewelry Pliers (any needlenose will do)
- Optional: Leather Punch
Leather Palm Earrings Instructions
Step 1: Open the design in Design Space (linked above) and click Make It.
Follow the prompts for cutting your material. Don’t forget to mirror the design when cutting the HTV portion!
Pro Tip: When I’m cutting leather, I always use my pick to test the cut before I remove my mat from the machine. If I’ve found that it didn’t cut all the way through for some reason, I’ll send it back through for another pass by hitting the flashing Cricut button so it cuts in the exact same spot. Once you remove the mat, you may or may not get the exact same cut lines.
You can see the full instructions for cutting leather at help.cricut.com listed here. One important thing to note is that you want to move your star wheels all the way to the right so you don’t damage the leather.
For real leather, you will use your deep cut blade. Mine cut the earrings perfectly on the first pass, however, the holes where you place the jump rings are a little more intricate and may require another pass as mentioned in the tip above.
I will skip this step and use my leather punch simply because I have one, and it makes perfectly round holes quickly and easily. If you don’t have a leather punch you may want to test as mentioned above prior to removing the leather from your mat.
Step 2: Weed your HTV and your leather.
The leather is simple to weed because you just have two little holes to remove. The glitter HTV can be a little tricker because this is a pretty intricate pattern. I use the Cricut Brightpad to help me see the cut lines for easier weeding.
Step 3: Press the design to the leather with the EasyPress Mini.
To press glitter HTV onto the leather I used the low setting for approximately 30 seconds.
After I pressed my design and removed the cover sheet, I pressed again to make sure everything fully adhered.
I used this iron-on protective sheet to protect the leather.
Step 4: Assemble your earrings.
Using a jump ring, attach both ends of the leather by folding it into itself so the design faces outward.
Attach the fishhook at the same time and close the jump ring using the needlenose pliers (I have to use two pairs of pliers to fully close my rings).
Repeat for the second earring.
And as easy as that you have an elegant pair of earrings that you could wear for any occasion.
Cricut EasyPress Mini Project Ideas
If you can’t get enough of your EasyPress Mini, try some of these other fun Cricut EasyPress Mini project ideas!
The cutest doll pajamas ever (via artsy-fartsy mama)!
A Halloween newborn set (via Shondells decor).
DIY Spider-Verse shoes (via Geek Family Life).
Baseball mama cap (via Casa Moncada).
The ultimate VSCO girl shoes (via frog prince paperie).
A personalized hedgehog – how cute is that?! (via Jordan’s Easy Entertaining)
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