Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let's Make a Steal: Leather Duster Earrings

When I was shopping in San Francisco the other day, I picked up a pair of leather duster earrings at the Union Street LF store. They were 70% and pretty freaking sweet. And at $20 a pair, I snagged the last ones--boy was V jealous! After wearing them I started thinking that I could totally recreate a similar look. And that's just what I did! I whipped up a pair using some faux leather from JoAnn's and an old broken necklace. For less then three bucks I created a pretty good look alike. Here's how I did it.
$7 worth of supplies (enough for at least 10 pairs of earrings):
1/2 yard of each black and cognac faux snake skin leather ($1.99 a yard)
Earring hooks ($2.99 a pack)
And Old Necklace (Zero Dollars)
Tools: Pencil, Scissors, X-Acto, Ruler, and a Needle.
Originally $60 full price.
Step One:
Flip fabric to backside and measure 5 inches of fabric.
Step Two:
Draw (or I traced) your earring shape.
I ended up just folding the fabric in half and cutting to get two identical earrings.
Step 3:
Cut-out earrings.
Step Four:
Cut fringe.
Step Five:
Pick your chains out and assemble.
Step Six:
Start stringing.
Step Seven:
Get out your needle!
Step Eight:
Poke a hole in the fabric, near the top.
And attach the leather strip last.
Side by Side.
There you have it.
Now go spend that $55 bucks I saved you on something real special!
Or check out some of my other Let's Make a Steal DIY's:
Lanvin Lace and Bead Necklace
Feather Head Band


  1. i love your idea!
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  2. I am in love!!! These are totally going to be Christmas presents for all of my besties!! Thanks!!

  3. You are so crafty Amber!! You should open an Etsy store. <3

  4. Love your diy!!!
    I went to the fabric store yesterday and was eyeing some leather. I wondered where can I find something textured, so I'm glad I read your post. I'm going to have to make a trip to JoAnn's soon.

  5. Thanks Ladies! I'm glad ou enjoyed them! I plan on making a few more pairs! It was so easy!

  6. sooooo you're pretty much brilliant.

  7. These are so great!! Thanks for sharing! First time to your blog and its so great! I would love for you to check out mine, I'm new!



  8. This is genius! Love it... SO adorable!! <3

    xx Laura

  9. OMG I wanted to get these earrings at LF but they sold out, I'm so gonna try this DIY!

  10. You are so talented lady! Love these earrings!

  11. You ladies made my day!! Thank you!!

  12. How cute are those....you did a great job!

  13. super cute! I think you should make the rest of the 10 pairs and sell them on Etsy so I can snatch up a pair! :)

  14. They look fabulous you did such a great job making them!