DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Hi everyone, Jill MacKay here, excited to share another jewelry tutorial! These gorgeous leather earrings are so simple to make, on trend yet uniquely different. Besides the simple clean die cuts making this project super simple, the added touch of a custom pinch bail takes it over the top for an expensive finished complete look. Native American patterns are trending so we added a bit of beading but this step can be skipped to make it even simpler.

Here are the materials you'll need for this project:


Other Tools & Materials Used:

  • Stitch Rotary Leather Hole Punch
  • 0.50 Flat Paint Brush
  • Fiebings Leather Glue
  • Loctite Super Glue Gel
  • 1 SS23 Swarovski flat back crystal, Aqua AB
  • 2 Ear wires
  • 1 #11 beading needle (Not needed if Step 3 is skipped)
  • 12” beading thread (Not needed if Step 3 is skipped)
  • 0.5 Grams of 11/0 turquoise luster seed beads (Not needed if Step 3 is skipped)

Let's get started!

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Using your Big Shot Plus Jewelry Studio, die cut shapes using the Teardrop Stack and Shapes die sets.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Use super glue gel top glue crystal on small silver cut out.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Use needle and beading thread to backstitch bead around crystal. (This is an optional step)

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Use Fiebings glue and paintbrush to paint glue on backside scalloped denim cut out shapes, then place them face up onto the gunmetal metallic teardrop shape.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Continue gluing by adhering the powder blue fold over shape on top of the denim scallop shape.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Turn earring base over and glue on the remaining gunmetal metallic teardrop shapes giving the backsides of your earrings a finished look.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Turn back earring base back to the front side and glue on the small silver circle with attached crystal on to the center of the powder blue fold over shape.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Use the rotary hole punch set on next to the smallest hole setting and carefully make a hole at the tips of your teardrops.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay

Attach pinch bails into holes.

DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay


Attach ear wires to pinch bails.

Thanks so much for joining me! I can't wait to see all of your handmade jewelry!

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9 thoughts on “DIY Santa Fe Earrings by Jill MacKay”

  • Karen Guthreau
    Karen Guthreau Dec 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    My most memorable piece of jewelry I own is a scarab ring my grandmother gave me when I was in my 20s. It was one I had always admired my entire life and a very old ring made of sterling silver with a turquoise scarab. One Christmas when we were all sitting around the dinner table, she just gave it to me out of the blue. I was so thrilled it made me cry ... to this day I still get teary eyed thinking about it.

  • Karen Smith

    Thank you for all your insperation

  • Johanna Moore
    Johanna Moore Dec 20, 2016 at 01:37 pm

    It is a cross that belonged to my Grandmother that my Mother gave me on my wedding day. Cherished that since it has her initials engraved in it.

  • Valerie. Betts
    Valerie. Betts Dec 20, 2016 at 01:49 pm

    My poppy ear rings and necklace

  • Pattie Salter
    Pattie Salter Dec 20, 2016 at 03:02 pm

    My most meaningful piece of jewelry is my two wedding rings.

    My husband and I were married the in my parents bedroom the day before he subcumed to lung cancer using the wedding set we selected for the day. We had pre planned to marry that day with only my parents and Aunt present just to be sure Dad would be able to see the last of his five kids marry.

    The night before Dad was rushed to the hospital. There was nothing more to be done. The day we were to be married he was unresponsive and Mom called the family together. After the Pastor pronounced us married. He said to my Dad, "well Ron, that's all of them. What do you think of that?" To everyone's surprise my Dad replied"thank you." Over the next 24 hours her slowly slipped away. He never uttered another word. It meant the world to us both that Dad witnessed our union. My rings are a reminder of what a gift I was given that day.

    When we exchanged vows a month later in front of family and friends, my husband gave me a simple gold band which serves as a daily reminder of the gift God gave me in my husband.

  • Betty

    What cute earrings, they do remind me of the Southwest.

  • Rae Hines

    These are beautiful! I have three rings that are very special to me! Probably the most special is my grandmother's ring! It's a garnet with pearls. She passed away in 1960, so I've had it a very long time.

  • Claudia Ruffert
    Claudia Ruffert Dec 21, 2016 at 04:09 am

    Wow, what a great idea. If I could, I would wear this earrings ❤❤❤❤.
    I think i will buy all things to make my own!

  • Alzira Armas

    So beautiful, I want to make them too

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