Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This simple earring tutorial is fun for people of all ages.

Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It involves colorful felt Autumn leaves – which you can make yourself using my leaf template, or get pre-made felt leaves from a craft store or dollar store.

Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I added metal eyelets to my leaves – but the eyelets are optional, if you don’t want to do that step in this project.

Supplies:

  • 2 colorful felt Autumn leaves, in a size that would make good earrings.
    My leaves measure about 1.75 x 1.75″ (4.45 x 4.45cm).
    The thicker and sturdier the felt, the more durable the finished earrings will be.

    • Pre-Made Felt Leaves: Find them in craft stores, dollar stores, and possibly floral suppliers in late Summer and early Fall.
    • Make Your Own Felt Leaves: Get “stiff felt” at a fabric store and download my free, hand-drawn Leaf Template page to cut out your own leaf shapes.

    I bought my pre-made leaves in a craft store. The leaves have a thick felt material on one side, and a glitter-encrusted surface on the other side.
    I’m using the felt side of the leaves:
    Fabric autumn leaves from the dollar store for earrings - Rena Klingenberg

  • A pair of earwires.
    I’m using copper earwires to bring in more Autumn leaf color.
    My earwires are from my Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial:
    Easy Fancy Earwires for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 large jump rings (mine are 10mm size),
    plus 2 small jump rings (mine are 5mm size):
    Jump rings for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist your jump rings open and shut.
  • Punch – you’ll need some way to punch a hole in your fabric leaves:
    • If you aren’t attaching metal eyelets to your leaves, you should be able to use a small-hole (1/16″) paper punch to punch your leaves.
    • If you are attaching metal eyelets to your leaves, use a punch that’s the right size for your eyelets.
      My eyelets are 1/8″ size, so I’m using the 1/8″ bit on my metal jewelry punch:
      Punch for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Some way to reinforce your punched holes in the leaves.
    • If you aren’t attaching metal eyelets to your punched leaf holes, you should use white glue or fabric fray-check to reinforce the edges of your punched holes.
    • If you are attaching eyelets to your punched leaf holes, you’ll need 2 metal eyelets to reinforce the holes you punch in the leaves:
      Metal eyelets for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

      I bought a box of hundreds of these 1/8″ (3.175mm) eyelets in various colors, in the paper-crafting aisle at my local craft store:

      Box of metal eyelets for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • If you’ll attach metal eyelets to your leaves, you’ll need one of the following:
    • An eyelet setting tool (from a craft store); or
    • A jewelry hammer with a ball end (I’m using the ball end of my chasing hammer), plus a steel jeweler’s block or other sturdy, smooth surface for hammering:
      Chasing Hammer and Steel Jeweler's Block - Rena Klingenberg

How to Make
Autumn Leaf Earrings:

To Make Your Own Felt Leaves:

Download and print my free, hand-drawn Leaf Template page.

Cut out whichever leaf design you prefer from the printed leaf template page.

Lay your paper leaf cutout on your felt as a pattern, and use a super-fine tip Sharpie marker to trace around the pattern on the felt.

Now cut out your felt leaf.

Then make your second felt leaf the same way.

Now you should have a pair of felt leaves (either pre-made leaves, or ones you made):

Felt autumn leaves from the dollar store for earrings - Rena Klingenberg

Punch a hole near the top of each leaf, being careful not to punch too close to any edges of the leaf:

Punching a hole in fabric leaf for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After punching your leaves, they should look something like this:

Punching holes in leaves for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If You’re Not Going to
Attach Eyelets to Your Leaves:

If you’re not going to attach eyelets to the holes you punched in your leaves, I recommend dabbing white glue or fabric fray-check on the edges of your punched holes to reinforce them.

Let the glue or fray-check dry completely.

Then jump down to “Finish Your Earrings” below.

If You Are Going to
Attach Eyelets to Your Leaves:

If you are going to attach metal eyelets to the holes you punched in your leaves, here are 2 ways to do that:

  1. Method 1: Use an eyelet setting tool from a craft store, following the instructions that come with the tool. (Those steps are not shown in this tutorial.)
  2. Method 2: Use a jewelry hammer and jeweler’s steel block, as shown below:
  3. Place one of your metal eyelets on your steel jeweler’s block, with the large flat end of the eyelet against the steel block:

    Metal eyelet for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Now place one of your Autumn leaves face-down on the steel block, with the eyelet stem threaded through the hole you punched (the back side of my leaves are the glittery side!):

    Attaching metal eyelet to fabric leaf for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Now use the ball end of your chasing hammer (or whatever hammer you’re using that has a ball end), and GENTLY start tapping on the stem of the eyelet to flatten it out uniformly around the punched hole in your leaf.

    It’s better to use a series of gentle taps for this, instead of a couple of big whacks:

    Hammering metal eyelet for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Follow the same steps to attach the other eyelet to your second Autumn leaf.

    Now your leaves should look something like this:

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Finish Your Earrings:

    Now use your chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist open all four of your jump rings.

    (If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tip for opening and closing jump rings.)

    Opening jump rings for Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Now insert your large jump rings into the holes you punched in the leaves, and then twist the large jump rings shut:

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Attach the small jump rings to the large jump rings.

    String an earwire onto each of the small jump rings.

    Then twist the small jump rings shut:

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Now your finished Autumn leaf earrings should look something like this:

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Enjoy wearing (or giving) this charming Fall fashion!

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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