Introduction: DIY Leather Feather Earrings
Channel your inner boho goddess with this music festival inspired DIY!
Step 1: Assemble Project Materials
- a piece or pieces of thin leather
- an earring kit with ear hooks and jump rings
- gold leaf kit
- 1″ paintbrush
- sharp fabric scissors
- thick sewing needle
- thin pliers or tweezers
Step 2: Trace Feathers
To begin, create a template for your feathers out of thick paper or cardboard. Mine was approximately 3″ long and 1 1/4″ wide but you can make it as large or small as you’d like your earrings to be. Trace the template onto the back of your piece(s) of leather and cut out your feathers.
Step 3: Apply Gold Foil
Once you have fashioned your feathers, apply gold foil to to them using foil adhesive and a brush. Use a light hand, you don’t need much adhesive! I applied my adhesive and foil haphazardly, as I wanted a less constructed look.
Step 4: Feather Leather & Attach Jump Rings
After the foil has dried take a sharp pair of scissors and cut along the edges of your earrings to create the appearance of feathers. Your cuts can be as deep or shallow as you’d like, it is totally based on preference. I started with really shallow cuts and increased their depth once I was comfortable with the process.
Punch a hole in the earrings where you want to attach your jump rings with a thick sewing needle or other sharp device. Open your jump rings with thin pliers or tweezers and insert them into the holes you’ve made in the leather. Connect the ear drops to the rings, close the jump rings and you’re done!
Participated in the
Tandy Leather Contest 2016