DIY Earrings with your Silhouette or Cricut

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I have seen these adorable earrings all over and I thought why not try them out myself?  So today I’m sharing all the details of what I have learned so that you can easily make your own adorable DIY dangle earrings with your cutting machine.

Cameo 3 Bundles by Expressions Vinyl

Check out the quick video at the bottom of the post that shows the entire process or read on for step-by-step directions.


Cutting Machine (Silhouette or Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine)

Bundle of Rings and Hooks (this bundle has a few extra supplies but worked great)

Needle Nose Pliers 

Bling to decorate your earrings (you can get any type of charms that you want… I just thought these were adorable)

Canvas Vinyl

Earring Design and Backing File

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Step 1: Download the earring shape design and cut out the shapes for each of your sets and layers.  Make sure that the canvas vinyl is secured tightly to your mat or you will struggle with the cut.  (I learned this the hard way)  On my silhouette I used a normal blade 10, speed 5, force 33, and had it cut twice.  It was prob a little overkill but I wanted to make sure I had a clean cut around each shape.

Step 2:  Poke a hole in the top of each layer of the earring.

Step 3:  Insert one of the larger rings through each of the holes and secure it closed with your needle nose pliers.

Here is a pic of the larger rings, smaller rings, and earring hooks:

Step 4:  Connect the smaller ring through the larger ring.  This step is critical because without this second ring the earring will be facing the wrong direction when on the ear.

Step 5:  Connect the earring hook to the smaller ring.  You will have to open the bottom using the pliers and then re-secure it closed too.  Make sure to secure it tightly so the earring pieces don’t fall apart and there you have it!  An adorable dangle earring.  Now you can make one for every outfit you own!


Watch the video here for a better visual:

Additional Tip: If you want to create a different look with your DIY dangle earrings and added dimension,  poke a hole horizontally a little below where the hook rings will go and add an additional ring horizontally.  Make sure to clamp it tight.  You can then attach additional bling there as well to hang in the middle of the earring.

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Have fun and be creative!  I can’t wait to see what type of DIY dangle earrings you create.  They are perfect for gifts, a project with your girlfriends, or even to spice up your own wardrobe.

Make sure to share your pics over in our FB Group or leave a comment showing them off!  Save this project to Pinterest so you don’t forget about it and make sure to share with a friend!

Happy Cutting, Crafting and Chaos!!


  1. Jane Parker on July 14, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Thank you!

    • MyDesigns on July 16, 2018 at 8:33 am

      My Pleasure! 🙂

  2. lynn scott on December 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Did you use vinyl or leather…

    • MyDesigns on December 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      It was faux leather/canvas sheets. Not real leather and not HTV or Adhesive vinyl. The sheets were like these-

  3. Kristen on January 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    What did you use to punch the hole?

    • MyDesigns on January 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      I used the sharp end of my weeding tool.

  4. Tami on March 31, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I’ve used very tacky mats and I still can’t get it to cut without moving the vinyl. So frustrating! Any advice?

    • MyDesigns on March 31, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Try taping the vinyl down to the mat itself or trying using a spray adhesive on the back of the vinyl to tack it down to the mat. Either of those might give it the extra stick it needs to stay. 🙂

  5. Deanna on October 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    What Cricut Settings do you use? I see paper thin faux leather, but what about the glitter faux leather? Thank you.

    • Cara on November 23, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      I wonder too about the chucky glitter faux leather too. I just purchased a cricut maker. Going to be taking two class at the local michaels craft store for cricut.

  6. Michelle on January 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I have a Cameo 4 and I am struggling to get it to cut all the way through. Which Silhouette do you have? Why will mine not cut? I have it set on faux leather, 10, 33, 1 and 3 passes does seem to work.

    • MyDesigns on January 15, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Hmmmmmmm I’m not sure why it wouldn’t cut all the way through! I have a cameo 2. Are you using the canvas leather?

  7. Arlene on January 20, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I just made my first pair of earrings today. How do you get the pattern on front and back? I read about some iron on material. Can you recommend something? Thanks for all your tips!

    • MyDesigns on January 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      You could absolutely to HTV on the front and back or you could glue two together so the ‘front’ is on both sides. Hope that helps!

      • Arlene on January 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

        Thank you! This is all new to me. I just opened my cricut after it sat in the box 6 months.

  8. Jenn on January 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I have the Cricut Expore Air. Can I make earrings with my machine as well?

    • MyDesigns on January 24, 2020 at 8:19 am


  9. CyndiR on April 7, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    How do i transfer the SVG files to my computer? Im all new to all of this but so excited. TIA

    • Jes - Team Chaos on April 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

      There is a link in the supplies to get to the files. Once downloaded, you will need to unzip them before opening in your cutting software.

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