Cricut Earring Designs with Layered Mandala Iron-on Vinyl over Faux Leather Teardrops

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Learn how to make your own LAYERED MANDALA EARRINGS. This step-by-step tutorial shows you everything you need to make these fun and creative accessories!

I have a popular online course called CUT ABOVE SVG Design in which I teach my fellow crafters how to do what I do. I show you how to create, design, and share designs as SVG cut files for projects! One of my amazing students, Amy Romeu, is doing just that, designing wonderful creations and sharing the SVG design cut files with others on her own blog. Her designs are so cute and totally wearable! Today she’s showing us how to make faux leather Cricut earring designs. Take it away, Amy!

Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m the owner of the craft blog I’m so excited Jennifer asked me to share a special earring design project with you. I love to create fashionable and fun earring designs that you can cut with a cutting machine and turn into wearable crafts. I’ve designed so many different earring shapes — from teardrops and feathers to tacos and ice cream cones! I love to create new designs, and these Cricut earrings design project is no exception!

I’ve been loving all the layered mandala designs everyone has been making and sharing in Jennifer’s crafting community on Facebook, so I decided to try making a layered mandala myself — but as part of an earring design. I’m so excited to say it worked! I had so much fun that I ended up designing three versions of layered mandala earrings, which I’m happy to share with Jennifer’s readers today.

Cricut Earring Designs with Layered Mandala Iron-on Vinyl over Faux Leather Teardrops

Cricut Earring Designs with Layered Mandala Iron-on Vinyl over Faux Leather Teardrops

These layered mandala earrings are made using faux leather and four layers of heat transfer vinyl. If that sounds complicated, I promise, it’s not. I’ve designed the layers to be very easy to cut and weed!

If you haven’t cut faux leather before with your Cricut cutting machine, don’t worry, I’ll walk you through this earring design project step by step. The fantastic news is you can cut faux leather with a Cricut Maker, or a Cricut Explore Air 2, or even the Cricut Joy! I’ll share tips specific to the different machines along the way.

Three different faux leather mandala Cricut earring designs


So if you’re ready to try the layered mandala crafting trend on Cricut earrings, let’s get started!

Get the free SVG cut file for this project

Let me show you how easy it is to make these cute layered mandala Cricut earrings from faux leather! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make Layered Mandala Cricut Earrings

How to Make Layered Mandala Cricut Earrings

Cricut Earring Designs with Layered Mandala Iron-on Vinyl over Faux Leather Teardrops

Layered Mandala Earrings

Yield: Several pairs of Cricut earrings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Estimated Cost: $2 per set

This fun and easy Cricut earring project incorporates layers of iron-on vinyl (HTV) for a fun layered mandala look! So on trend!


Step 1: Get the Layered Mandala Earrings Design

First, download the free layered mandala earrings SVG/DXF/PNG from my free resource library.

Three different faux leather mandala Cricut earring designs

There are three different earring patterns to choose from within the download folder. I recommend uploading only one earring pattern at a time since these are multi-layered earrings.

Tip: If you're not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, here's how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

Click on your uploaded mandala earring design from your uploaded images. Click on "Insert Images" to bring the earring design into your canvas.

SVG uploading process in Cricut Design Space

Step 2: Prepare the Layered Mandala Earrings Design for Cutting

This brings the earring cut shapes into Cricut Design Space.

Cricut Design Space canvas preview

You will see in the Layers panel, this design has five layers. One will cut from faux leather and the other four will cut from heat transfer vinyl or foil iron-on. (If you'd like to use glitter iron-on in your earrings, I recommend using glitter iron-on for the top layer only.)

I suggest recoloring each layer on your canvas now to resemble the faux leather and vinyl colors you've chosen for your earrings.

If you want to use only two or three different colors of heat transfer vinyl, you certainly can. You can preview how your vinyl layers will look as you change their colors on the canvas. Be sure to alternate the layer colors so you don't have two layers that are the same color next to one another.

To recolor the layers, click on a layer, click and hold the CTRL button (Windows) or Command button (Mac), and click the matching layer to also select it. Then click on the color swatch icon on the top menu bar and select a new color. This will recolor both matching layers at once.

recoloring shapes in Cricut Design Space

Repeat for each layer. This will help you keep track of your design layers as they cut.

Click on the green "Make It" button.

Step 3: Cut Your Materials

The mat preview screen will show all the cutting mats separated by color on the left-hand side. It is not necessary to mirror any of the mats in this project.

Scroll down and click on the faux leather teardrop shape mat. Make a note of the size material the shapes will need to cut from (in this case, about 3 inches wide and just under 3 inches high).

faux leather earring shapes cutting mat preview in Cricut Design Space

Click the "Continue" button.

Note: Cricut Explore Air 2 users will need to turn the dial to "Custom" before choosing Faux Leather (Paper Thin). Cricut Joy users can also cut faux leather! See this tutorial, How to Make Earrings with the Cricut Joy, for specific instructions for Joy users.

On the Material Selection screen, choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you don't have this material setting as a favorite, click "Browse All Materials" to search for it and select it. Then select "More" from the Pressure dropdown menu.

material selection screen for faux leather in Cricut Design Space

Now cut a piece of faux leather just slightly larger than the size you noted in the mat preview screen. Cutting the faux leather to size helps it stick better to the mat, giving you much better cuts!

faux leather, purple Cricut cutting mat, scissors and tape

Place it "pretty side" down on a purple mat and press it down all over with your fingers. Then tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter's tape.

faux leather taped to Cricut cutting mat and inserted into Cricut Maker

Move the Cricut's star wheels off to the side before starting to cut.

Load the mat into the Cricut by pressing the double arrows button. Press the C button to begin the cut. After the cut is complete and before unloading the mat, use a weeding tool to carefully lift the edge of the faux leather shape to see if the cut was complete. If not, press the C button again to repeat the cut.

checking faux leather earring cuts on Cricut cutting mat with a sharp tool

Unload the mat and remove the faux leather teardrops. You can trim any stray fuzzies with small curved scissors.

Note: If you're wondering what you can put on the back of faux leather earrings, either to make the back more attractive or to make the earring stiffer, check out my YouTube video on What To Put On The Back of Faux Leather Earrings for four different faux leather earring back techniques!

Back in Cricut Design Space, click on the first vinyl mat that will cut. Hover over the mat preview to see a larger view of the cut shapes on the mat. Note what size vinyl piece you'll need to completely cut both shapes on that layer.

zoom hovering over a vinyl cutting mat preview in Cricut Design Space

Cut a piece of heat transfer vinyl just slightly larger than the size you noted.

Note: I suggest cutting all of the vinyl pieces at once. To do that, scroll through the remaining mats in the mat preview screen, note the size required for each one, and cut the vinyl pieces.

To cut the heat transfer vinyl mats, choose the material setting which corresponds to your chosen material: Vinyl or EveryDay Iron-On, Foil Iron-On, or Glitter Iron-On. I leave the cut pressure at Default.

Load the first mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut. When the cut is complete, unload the mat again and remove the vinyl piece.

weeding heat transfer vinyl with a weeding tool

Using a sharp tool or a weeding tool, weed the mandala shape by removing all of the excess vinyl away. Carefully cut the two vinyl shapes apart and set the weeded shapes aside.

Continue cutting each mat one at a time. Be sure to change the material setting if the material changes.

Step 4: Assemble the Layered Mandala Cricut Earrings

Once all of the vinyl layers and the faux leather earring backings are cut and weeded, it's time to press the mandala layers onto the earrings.

Use an Easy Press Mini or Cricut Easy Press, a heat pressing pad, and a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper for this step.

Cricut easy press mini and vinyl earring shapes on a pressing pad

Begin by placing the bottom vinyl layer onto one of the faux leather teardrops. Line it up so it fits perfectly on top of the teardrop shape. Do one earring at a time. Then cover the HTV with the Teflon sheet or parchment paper.

heat pressing vinyl earring shape layers onto faux leather

I used the Easy Press Mini on the lowest heat setting. If you are using an Easy Press, I recommend setting it to 280 degrees.

Note: Since we are layering the vinyl, it's important not to press each layer for the full recommended time. Press each layer just long enough for it to adhere to the layer below, usually about 5-10 seconds.

Press firmly over the cover sheet. Don't press too hard, or else the faux leather texture may flatten out. Remove the cover sheet and while keeping the faux leather shape flat, peel away the vinyl's clear cover sheet (this helps keep the vinyl from wrinkling).

removing clear transfer sheet from vinyl pressed on faux leather

Repeat this process for the bottom layer on the second earring.

layered foil iron on earring shape over faux leather

Then return to the first earring and press the second layer. Alternate earrings until all of the layers are pressed. Place the Teflon sheet or parchment paper over the layered earring and press one more time for about 5 seconds.

If your faux leather is curling slightly, place the warm, pressed earrings under something flat like a book for a few minutes to flatten them out.

I like to make the earring holes in faux leather earrings by punching a hole after the earrings are completely assembled.

faux leather earring and earring hole punch

I use a 1/16" hole punch to make the earring holes, but if you don't have a 1/16" hole punch, you can use the sharp end of your weeding tool to make a hole. Be careful that your earring hole isn't too close to the edge of the earring.

punching holes in faux leather earrings

Punch the hole in one earring and then the other. Easy, peasy!

faux leather mandala earrings with earring holes punched

Now it's time to assemble your earrings!

You'll need small jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat-nose pliers.

To connect the earring hooks to the mandala earrings, you’ll first need to turn the bottom loop on the fishhook sideways so your earrings will hang correctly. See the example image below to see how the orientation of the earring hook has to change so your earrings will hang straight.

earring hook loops turned 90 degrees

You’ll do this using one pair of flat-nose pliers. While holding the hook firmly between two fingers, grip the entire earring loop between the pliers and twist your wrist 90 degrees. Repeat with the second earring hook.

using pliers to turn the earring hook bottom loop 90 degrees

Now open the jump ring to slide the mandala earring and the earring hook on. Using two pliers, grip each side of the jump ring, making sure the opening in the jump ring is facing up (the twelve o’clock position)

Rotate one wrist forwards or backwards, so the jump ring creates an opening but doesn’t bend out of its circular shape.

opening a jump ring with two flat nose pliers

When the jump ring is open, slide the layered mandala earring onto your jump ring. Then slide the earring hook onto the jump ring.

adding earring hook to a faux leather earring

Pay attention to which side is the front of your earring as you do this to be sure your earring and hook are both facing the right direction.

Then twist your wrist in the opposite direction to close the jump ring again. If it doesn't close completely, open the jump ring and try again until the two ends of the jump ring meet.

adding earring hook to a faux leather earring

If you don't want to use earring hooks, jump rings, and jewelry making tools, you can still make these earrings! You can use earring hooks called Ball Ear Wire Hooks that just slide into the earring hole, no jump ring required. They are available on Amazon and also at many craft and jewelry stores.

hanging earring with a ball ear wire hook

Step 5: Show Off Your New Layered Mandala Cricut Earrings

That's it! The layered mandala earrings are complete!

I've designed three layered mandala patterns for you to try! I hope you'll find one you love. Here are all three faux leather mandala earring designs together.

three different designs of faux leather mandala earrings

Here is how the layers for the other two Cricut earring designs are stacked:

faux leather mandala earring vinyl layers separated out

faux leather mandala earring vinyl layers separated out

All three design files will be in the download folder, just choose your favorite!

The great thing about these earring designs is the variation possibilities are endless, based on the colors you choose. You can see below how different all the earrings look based on the pattern and color selection. So much fun! These earrings would make fantastic gifts, too.

I really hope you'll try making this layered mandala Cricut earring project!

If you liked this project and want to see more of my Cricut earring tutorials, I hope you will hop over to my blog and read my post, How To Make Patriotic Feather Earrings With a Cricut. This is a fun and easy earring project, and you can grab my free SVG cut file and whip up those earrings with any color faux leather you'd like, in no time!

faux leather stars and stripe earrings by Amy Romeu

If you don't wear earrings, like Jennifer, you'll be happy to know that faux leather crafting isn't limited to just making earrings! I love to make keychains with faux leather, too, and this keychain project is one of my reader favorites: How To Make Glitter Letter Keychains.

glitter initial keychains by Amy Romeu

Lastly, if you love fun earring designs that just make you smile as much as I do, I hope you'll check out my Ice Cream Cone Keychain tutorial here. I also have a YouTube video for this project, which you can see here.

ice cream cone keychains by Amy Romeu


Thank you so much to Amy Romeu for designing these super cute Cricut earrings for JenniferMaker!

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Get the free SVG files to make Layered Mandala Cricut Earrings

Aren’t these just SO pretty? Amy did such a great job with her Cricut earring design! And I’d love to see your Layered Mandala Earrings! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

And here are more earring designs I think you’ll love!
Cricut Wood Veneer Earrings with free patterns | Cut on a Cricut Explore or Maker | #cricutmade #woodveneer #earrings #cricutexplore #svgcutfile DIY Faux Leather Earrings with Foil Vinyl HTV Made on a Cricut #cricutexplore #cricutmaker #earrings


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