DIY Leather Feather Earrings

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hellooo everyone! After some server errors (sorry about that!), I’m back. Upgrading plug-ins can be annoying if they decide to break your website!

Hope you had a great week so far! London couldn’t decide between pouring rain and bright sunlight, so luckily my conscience didn’t make me feel guilty about playing stay-at-home in order to prepare this tutorial and update my FAQ page.

A little while back I recycled two leather coats into a bag for my little sister. From this project I had tons of leather scraps left and made a pair of black and silver feather earrings. I gave them to my sister (who loved them) after which my mum also wanted her own pair.

I made three more pairs and will share a little tutorial for making these DIY cuties. Mother’s Day is this weekend and these adorable earrings make a lovely last-minute handmade gift! DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

These are the earrings I made for my sister, here modelled by a friend of mine:
DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Ok, let’s get cracking! Here’s how to make your own pair of DIY leather feather earrings:

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

OPTIONAL: Silver jewelry wire, tape, tailor’s chalk.

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

1. Cut out two symmetrical feather shaped pieces from the leather scraps. You can mark the shapes with chalk on the left side of the leather if you you’re not sure about freehand-cutting.

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

2. Stitch down the middle of your leather pieces (about 2/3 down), either with machine or by hand. This will stabilise the shape of the feather and look like the shaft. Alternatively, you can use jewelry wire instead of thread:DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Puncture the leather with a needle, making it easier to thread the wire through it.
DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com3.  Now it’s time to apply any textil paint. To create chevrons or other shapes with clear lines, you can mask the leather with tape. Wait until the paint is completely dry before you remove the paint.
DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

4. Cut into the leather diagonally. Be careful not to cut into the thread/wire.DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

This pair I decoreated with dots to look like guinea fowl feathers.
DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

5. In the next and last step you will apply the jump rings and earrings hooks. Having pliers helps, but if you’re very careful, scissors will do the job, too.DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Use a larger needle to punch a little hole into the top of your earring. Bend the jump ring up and push it through. This is a bit fiddly. Holding the ring with a pair of pliers helps!DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Slide on the earring hook and use your pliers or scissors to squeeze the ends of the jump ring together again.DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Make sure you mirror the earring hooks. Using this technique, the earrings will hang sideways (see picture above). If you don’t like that, you can either use two jump rings or omit them altogether.

Well, and that’s it!

It’s a really fun and quick project which also makes a great handmade gift!

DIY leather feather earrings by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Have fun making your own feather earrings! xx


Happy weekend!

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