Make This! Minimal Leather Earrings

DIY leather earrings
Photos by Marlene Sauer

Raise your hand if you have trouble finding jewelry that you like! Modern and interesting jewelry at affordable prices can be such a unicorn, don't you think? Which is why jewelry is the perfect candidate for some good old DIY intervention!

I love rolling up my figurative sleeves to create unique, handmade accessories. My latest jewelry project is one you minimalists will love: DIY leather circle earrings.         

Make these! Leather earrings

These stylish earrings are a cinch to make and don't require any fancy tools. AND if you use thrifted or second-hand leather belts, they are good for the environment too! Keep reading to see how easy it is to make your own leather circle earrings.   


Materials for thrifted earrings


  • Thrifted leather belts — look for ones that are thick and wide so you have a good bit of material to work with.
  • Sharp scissors
  • Craft knife
  • A tea light or other small round object to use as a template
  • Tape (any kind will do)
  • E6000 or comparable permanent glue (a two-part epoxy also works well)
  • Earring posts and backs*

*If you have sensitive ears, try Creating Unkamen on Etsy for surgical steel or titanium earring findings. I’ve been replacing all of my earring posts and wires with these findings and they haven’t irritated my ears a bit!


DIY leather earrings | Step 1

Start by cutting a piece of leather off of the belt that's big enough to fit the round object.


DIY leather earrings | Step 2

 Tape the round object (in my case, a tea light) into place in the center of your piece of leather. This will help keep the object steady while you cut out the circle.


DIY leather earrings | Step 3

Using the craft knife, score a line in the leather by tracing all around the tea light or round object. Try to follow the shape of the object as closely as you can with the knife, just as if you were tracing it with a pencil.

Use light pressure to cut just a shallow “score” line for the first pass. Then apply more pressure to your cut with each turn around the tea light, using the initial score line as a guide for the blade to follow.

Punctured leather

Keep cutting around the same line, tracing the round object, until you have created a groove in the leather, as pictured above. 


DIY leather earrings | Step 4

Once there is a deep enough cut to make a groove in the leather, you can remove the tea light. The groove will now act as a channel for the knife blade, as you make deeper cuts to cut through the whole fabric. Continue to cut around the circle until it pops out. Just like cutting biscuits! (Ok, a little harder than cutting biscuits).


DIY leather earrings | Step 5

Finally, grab the E6000 and glue the earring post to the back of the leather circle near one edge. Use just a tiny amount of glue, as you really don’t want the glue to get onto the part of the post that goes into your ear (yuck).

Repeat steps 1 – 5 for the other earring and–always the hardest part!–allow to dry fully.

Crafting leather earrings

And just like that, you have a pair of totally one-of-a-kind, handmade leather earrings to wear!

Minimal leather jewelry

Closeup of leather earrings

I love that these DIY leather circle earrings will look different for everyone based on what belt you find at the thrift store. Wouldn't they look gorgeous made out of old tooled leather? As if you needed another excuse to rummage around at the local Goodwill…

Cute leather earrings

Closeup of DIY leather earrings
Photos by Marlene Sauer

Have you made anything else with leather before? What do you think about making your own jewelry?

If you make these earrings (or other DIY accessories!), we would love to see! Tag us #curblycrafts on social media and be sure to mention us so we can check out your projects!
How to make leather circle earrings
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