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.
Inspiration:
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.
Ta-da!
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

16 comments:

  1. i love your idea!
    i follow you
    ciao
    E.

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    www.neovecchiostile.it

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

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

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  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.

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

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  6. sooooo you're pretty much brilliant.

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  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!

    http://sometimeshavingitall.blogspot.com

    xo
    Taylor

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

    xx Laura

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

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

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

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

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  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! :)

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

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