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Let’s Cut Leather with the New Cricut Explore Air Gold!

Using a simple Cricut ”life hack” and some scraps of leather, you can create a set of adorable tassel earrings that are perfect for gift giving!
Author: Beth Kingston


  • Cricut Explore® Air and Design Space software
  • Cricut Explore® Deep Cut Housing and Blade
  • Cricut® Strong Grip mat
  • Cricut® Transfer Tape
  • piece of leather – could also use pleather
  • liquid glue
  • two (2) gold eye pins
  • two (2) gold fish hook earrings
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • pliers


  • Cut transfer tape slightly larger than your leather. Remove backing and apply sticky side of transfer tape to the back (rough side) of the leather. Trim to fit.
  • Place leather (transfer tape side down) on to a Cricut Strong Grip mat. Put deep cut blade in to the Cricut, set custom dial to leather and cut earring images from Design Space. Peel cut leather pieces from the mat – transfer tape will remain.
  • When you’ve removed both earring pieces peel the transfer tape/remaining leather from your still clean mat!
  • Use scissors or wire cutters to cut off portion of eye pin so it will not stick out of the tassel when it is completed.
  • Apply a small amount of liquid adhesive along the top (area that is not cut) of the leather.
  • Lay eye pin on one end of the leather (with the loop overhanging the flat edge of the leather) and begin to gently roll the leather around the eye pin until it forms a tassel.
  • Use pliers to attach eye pin loop to fish hook earring.