Have you noticed the leather earring trend? Everyone is wearing them and they are a gorgeous accessory to any outfit!
These DIY leather earrings have become a favorite of mine and I wear them nearly everyday! Can you believe I made them with my Cricut Explore? Well its true, I did! And today I’m going to show you how so you can make your own. You will love them too!
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Using scrap leather makes this project much cheaper than buying full sheets of leather. It’s harder to get specific colors or textures of leather when you buy the bags of scrap, but it should still give you a good selection.
Begin by trimming a piece of leather to fit the earrings. If you make the earrings the same size as mine you will need a piece about 4 x 3 inches. Also cut a piece of transfer tape the same size.
Lay the leather square on the peeled transfer tape with the bottom of the leather touching the sticky side of the transfer tape. This will help save your mat and so the leather wont leave leather residue on the mat.
Make sure to have the Deep Cut Blade installed. Turn the dial to custom and choose leather from the drop-down menu cut screen in Cricut Design Space.
After the leather is cut, peel off of the cutting mat and remove the transfer tape from behind the leather.
Since leather is a natural material, there was a side of one of the earrings that didn’t quite get cut all the way through. This is ok, simply take a pair of scissors and trim if necessary.
There is a small hole cut into the top of the earrings but since they are so small you may need an awl to poke into the leather to make those holes more pronounced.
To open the loop at the base of the earring hook, take two pairs of jewelry pliers, one in each hand, each holding a side of the loop. Hold one side straight and twist the wrist of the other hand. You don’t want to pull the loop open, instead you twist. This will keep the shape of the loop.
Put the opened loop through the small hole at the top of the earring and twist close with the two pairs of jewelry pliers.
Repeat with the other earring hook and you have a pair of DIY leather earrings!
Create your own DIY Travelers Journal Kit with these essentials! You’ll have the best journal supplies and be prepared for when creativity strikes where ever you are!
Are you so stinkin’ busy that you have a hard time finding time to sit and journal? This is me to a T! BUT just because my life is busy doesn’t mean I don’t want to remember all the little things or the small details of the big things!
That is why I created my own DIY Travelers Journal Kit. I always have downtime sitting in the passenger seat of the car, or while I’m waiting in the doctor’s office. Now, I keep this journal kit with me all the time. Then, when I have 5 minutes, I can write a few things down, whether it is the day to day, or keeping track of that fun vacation!
Would you like to create your own Travelers Journal? I have compiled a list of the 5 essential journal supplies so you are ready for any type of journaling.
Pens are a must and these pens are my absolute favorite. I have several cases around my house. I keep one by my computer for notes and my calendar, one in my junk drawer, and now one in my journal kit!
Just like the journal options, there are a bazillion different options for journal stickers. simply type “journal Stickers” in the search on Amazon and you can find stickers for any theme, event, or anything!
In the journal I made, I also included Free Printable Stickers Made with the Print then Cut feature with Cricut. These stickers include cute decorative stickers and journal prompts for those times I want to journal but I don’t know what to journal about!
I may be a washi tape hoarder so I didn’t need to purchase any. I simply went to my washi tape bucket (yes, I have a bucket) and picked out some cute ones with coordinating colors.
BUT if you don’t have a bucket of washi tape I suggest Amazon. Search the term “washi tape” and you will be in heaven with all of the colors, patterns, themes and widths.
Washi Tape can be used to tape small and light keepsake onto journal pages, or to decorate the page itself!
The bag is what holds and keeps everything together! The most important thing is that the bag is large enough to hold your journal, supplies, and keepsakes you are waiting to add to your travel journal.
My bag is large flat cosmetic bag that measures 11.5 inches by 8.5 inches. I like that it is nice a roomy without being too big to easily keep with me.
The Foil Quill combined with the Cricut Maker creates beautiful foiled images! We’ll be making a handmade journal cover in this step by step tutorial!
Do you love the look of foil? That shimmery shine attracts the eye and is so fun to add to craft projects! My favorite tool to add that foil shine is the Foil Quill made by We R Memory Makers. Even better, it can be used with your Cricut Cutting Machine!
What is the Foil Quill?
The Foil Quill is a tool that can be used with most cutting machines to create beautiful foil projects. The kit comes with 4 adaptors that can be used with the Silhouette, Brother, Cricut, and Sizzix cutting machines. Simply insert one of the Foil Quill tips into your cutting machine, choose a design, and let your machine do the work!
Handmade Journal Tutorial Using the Foil Quill
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The Foil Quill Kit comes with 4 different screw-on adapters. For the Cricut, we will use adapter C. C for Cricut so it is easy to remember! Twist the adapter on the foil quill pen you want to use. There are three different sizes. For this project, we are using the standard pen.
In the “A” housing there is a white plastic piece that holds a pen or a maker. Remove this piece by carefully pushing up from the bottom and pulling up form the top with both hands. It may seem like it is stuck and won’t come out, but it will.
Keep this piece close because you will need to put it back in place to be able to use pens and markers with the machine.
Slide the Foil Quill pen into the “A” housing and snap the door shut.
To plug the Foil Quill in you can use the USB on the side of the machine or plug into a different USB plug. If you plug the Foil Quill directly into the machine this void your warranty with Cricut. So to be safe I used a nearby plug.
Once the quill is plugged there will be a light at the top of the pen. The pen needs to preheat for 5 minutes before use. Make sure to put the metal plate between the pen and the base of the machine while preheating so it doesn’t hurt the plastic of the machine.
In the video above I go through each step so if you want a better visual of how to install the Foil Quill Pen watch the video.
The Cricut Maker will draw and then cut. That means when I send the project to the machine it will write the text first with the Foil Quill and then cut the Chipboard with the Knife blade.
When you click on “Make It” in Cricut Design Space, you will be taken to a mat preview page. This will show you where the text for the journal over will be so you know where to tape the foil sheet to the chipboard.
Use the Strong Grip Mat and tape the edges of the chipboard to the mat using washi tape or painter’s tape. Then tape the foil sheet to the chipboard.
Once the Foil Quill is preheated, click the blinking arrow button to load the mat and the blinking logo button to begin the project.
Once the Foil Quill pen is done with the text you can pause the machine and carefully remove the foil sheet. Make sure to only pause, do not remove the entire mat. I only did this because the cut was inside where I taped the foil sheet and I didn’t want it to wad up and interfere with the cut.
Remove the mat once the machine is done cutting. It will take several passes over the chipboard to get it cut out completely.
You can either cut the back journal cover with the Cricut Maker as well, or cut with a ruler and a craft knife since it is just a rectangle.
Using the Zutter Bind it All
We are done with the Cricut Maker and the Foil Quill. Now we are going to bring in the Zutter Bind it All. The Zutter is a binding system. There are several different binding systems out there and any of them will work, but I have the Zutter so that is what I am going to use.
Before we can bind the journal we need to punch the binding holes.
On the Zutter, set the guide to “C” for punching the holes in the cover. Place the chipboard cover in the opening, up against the guide. Then pull down the handle to punch.
Remove the journal cover and set the the guide to “B” to make continuous hole punches. Place hole 5 in the notch guide and pull the handle down again. Remove and then place the hole 6 in the notch guide. Punch again. You will have 13 holes punched along the side. Repeat for back cover.
For the filler pages set the guide to “D” and repeat the steps above to punch the binding holes. You can only cut about 7-10 pieces of paper at a time so you will have to do the pages in small batches.
When all of the pages and cover are punched we can build the book. Align the holes and stack with the back cover, filler pages, then the front cover. Take the back cover and flip over to the front. Feed the wire prongs through the holes.
Set the Zutter to 1-inch binding and place the journal with the wire binding inside the spacer and pull the handle down. The wall pinches the wire to close it at just the right thickness.
And your handmade journal is finished!
The finished Handmade Journal
The journal is all finished! See wasn’t that easy?
Make your own wedding or party backdrop with this fantastic paper flower garlands. Each tutorial includes step by step instructions with gorgeous results!
Paper flower garlands are a great way to decorate for a wedding, a party or to add to your home decor! These DIY paper flower tutorials are sure to spark some inspiration. Simply Click on the image to be taken to the step by step tutorial for each project!
Tell your dad you love him with one of these DIY Gifts for Dad to express gratitude. These are manly handmade gifts he will be happy to receive.
There are so many reasons and holidays to make a handmade gift! There’s Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, and of course just because! Show your dad just how much he means to by giving him a gift he will LOVE!
Simply Click on the image to be taken to the step by step tutorials for each project!
You don’t need a wood burning tool to create wood burned cork coasters! Grab a Scorch Marker and a heat source and you have great handmade gifts! The Scorch Marker was given to me for this post. All opinions are my own because I love giving you helpful tutorials!
Aren’t these wood burned coasters perfect for summer?! I love the sayings on them! Can you tell that they aren’t actually wood burned at all? You can’t? Well that is the magic of the Scorch Marker!
What is the Scorch Marker?
The Scorch Marker is a chemical wood burning marker, that allows you to color, draw, and/or trace onto any wood surface. Instead of using a soldering wood burning tool, simply heat and your design is “burned” into your wood! How cool is that?!
You can use all sorts of heat sources too! You can use a heat gun, an oven set to 375 degrees, or a Cricut EasyPress and that is what we are going to be using today!
How to Make Handmade Wood Burning Cork Coasters with a Scorch Marker
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You can also create your own design for your cork coasters, or draw freehand onto the coaster.
The text that I used on the stencils was already created and are files within Cricut Design Space. To make the stencil I created a circle that was 3.8 inches and sized the text to fit inside the circle.
Centered the text in the circle, highlighted both the text and circle and then click on slice. This slices the text out of the circle creating the stencil. Easy Peasy!
I cut these stencils using a Cricut Maker, but all Cricut machines can cut vinyl. Follow the prompts in Cricut Design Space and click “Make It” to send the images to the Cricut machine to cut.
After the design is cut, remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and begin weeding. Since we are making a stencil we want to keep the negative part of the design. That means I remove the letters and keep the center part of the letters and the circle around the letters.
I like to weed on my Cricut Bright Pad. The light shines through the cut lines so I can easily see where I need to weed, but you can still weed your vinyl without one.
Applying the Vinyl Stencil to the Cork Coaster
The easiest way to apply the stencil to the cork coaster is to use transfer tape. Transfer tape is a carrier sheet for the vinyl sticker so it doesn’t get stretched while moving it to the coaster.
Remove the paper backing of the transfer tape and lay it over the top of the vinyl stencil. Using a scraper tool, rub over the entire design to make sure the transfer tape is stuck nicely to the vinyl.
Carefully peel up the vinyl stencil with the transfer tape, removing it from the vinyl backing sheet. If little parts aren’t sticking to the transfer tape you can go over them again with the scraper tool or try turning the vinyl right side down and peel from the backing sheet side.
I prefer to eyeball the placement on my project, but if you would like you can measure and mark with a pencil to get the perfect placement.
Then peel the transfer tape away from the wood sign, leaving the stencil stuck to the cork coaster.
Coloring with the Scorch Marker
Now, simply color in the stencil with the Scorch Marker. You really don’t need a lot of ink, just make sure that you fill in all of the empty space in the stencil.
You can heat when the ink is wet or dry so don’t worry, there is no need to rush the coloring. You can take your time.
When the stencil is colored in, remove the vinyl stencil. You will be able to see a faint pink ink where you colored in the design.
Wood Burning by Applying Heat
Turn the heat on the Cricut EasyPress all the way up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the timer to 30 seconds.
Lay the cork Coaster on the EasyPress Mat and apply the EasyPress. Make sure to hit the logo button to begin the timer.
It takes a couple of applications for the color to begin changing. This is after 2 applications.
But when more heat is applied it gets darker.
How cool is that? It has the look of burned wood without a wood burning tool!
Finish the Coasters with Felt
To finish the cork coasters, add a layer of craft felt to the back of each coaster.
I used the Cricut Maker and cut perfect 4-inch circles out of craft felt.
Using a hot glue gun, apply a line of glue around the back side of the coaster.
Lay the felt circle on top and press into place.
The layer of felt gives the thinner cork a more sturdy feel and they look more finished and better quality in my opinion.
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What are your favorite summer sayings that could be put on a coaster? Share and leave a comment below!