How to make FAUX LEATHER BOWS for Valentine’s Day
For Valentine’s Day this year I thought it would be so cute if daughter #4 and her BFF had matching hairbows. And I thought it would be even more adorable if there was a little bow themed Valentine’s Day card to go with them! I looked a little on Pinterest for a cute little printable to download and didn’t have much luck. So, I went ahead and made my own and I’m sharing the download with you! Click here to get the instant access to my Valentine’s Day Printable.
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You can get the FREE VALENTINE’S DAY PRINTABLE HERE. It is in my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY along with all of my other freebies. Just enter your info and you’ll get the password immediately for instant access!
I’ve left the bottom blank so your sweet kiddo can write their own name in the space to the right of the little pink heart.
After you make these cute little faux leather hairbows check out this fun VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFT to make with your little one. DIY VALENTINE CATERPILLAR
USE YOUR CRICUT TO MAKE FAUX LEATHER VALENTINE’S HAIR BOWS
Here’s what you’ll need
*****CRICUT EXPLORE USERS if you are using the older machine (not the maker) you will need to get the DEEP CUT BLADE & THE DEEP CUT BLADE HOUSING*****
You will also need
CRICUT ACCESS ( this isn’t a must but if you have a Cricut Access membership the template I’m using is included. Otherwise you can purchase a file to use or create your own)
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Before giving these as Valentine’s Day gifts you will need to let the glue cure on them for 24 hours. E6000 takes a VERY long time to dry and it need to dry undisturbed. I’ve made the mistake of being impatient and not letting the bow fully dry and my hairbow completely fell apart :(!! Don’t be like me lol!
CUT OUT YOUR TEMPLATE
Grab the link to the template here
Open Cricut design space and go to Cricut’s ready to make projects.In the search bar type in PEBBLED and a project called PEBBLED LEATHER BOW should pull up. Click that project then click CUSTOMIZE. You will want to resize this so that it will be larger.
Once your project is open you want to GROUP the 3 pieces together. This will take the guess work out of resizing each piece. The piece that looks like an actual bow you want to resize that to 3.5”. You will have to do this manually so be sure your gridlines are on to make this easier.
If you want to cut the pieces out on to different colors of faux leather be sure to make them different colors in design space so they will automatically be positioned onto different mats.
Now click make it. Check that the MIRROR is turned ON. Then click CONTINUE. If you are using an older machine like the EXPLORE be sure you are using a DEEP CUT BLADE and the DEEP CUT BLADE HOUSING. You will want your machine to be set to CUSTOMIZED and I’ve had good luck with the FAUX LEATHER setting.
Because this is heavier material you will want to use Cricut’s PURPLE MAT. This is their strong hold mat. Place your faux leather PRINT SIDE DOWN. Load your mat into your machine and hit GO. If you need to you can adjust the cutting pressure of your machine if you need a little more/little less pressure.
2. ASSEMBLE YOUR BOW PIECES
Now you can assemble your cute little hair bow! First, plug in your glue gun. This glue WON’T hold your bow together but we are using this to temporarily hold the pieces together because E6000 is kind of messy and a pain in the butt to work with sometimes and it can be super slippery so your bow pieces will want to slide everywhere. So by using the hot glue gun we can tack the pieces in place then go back and add the E600 to permanently hold the bow together.
Once your hot glue gun has heated up you want to glue the piece together that looks like a pair of glasses. Just a dab of hot glue will be fine, just enough to hold it in place.
Then place the bow on top of bottom piece using hot glue between the pieces to hold it in place.
Next glue the clip onto the back side of the bottom piece. Now you will take the last piece to the bow and wrap it around the bow and clip. First, open the clip and be sure to keep it open while doing this step. Add a small amount of hot glue to the center of the clip, place one end of the rectangle piece where the glue is and wrap it around the bow and glue it in place with E6000 when you come to the end. It is much easier to show you how to do this step than to explain it lol!
The hot glue is a temporary hold. It will not last, no matter what type of hot glue you use (trust me I’ve tried lol!!). To get a permanent hold go back and add E6000 to the areas you used hot glue. Obviously you won’ be able to get to every little area but you’ll be able to get close enough for a permanent hold. I will warn you E6000 is SUPER MESSY and has a weird smell. If it helps to keep the mess down use a toothpick to get the glue where you need it to go.
3. LET IT DRY
I know it’s really hard to walk away from a project and let it dry but these will take a long time to dry because of the E6000. They need about 24 hours of drying time.
4. ADD THE BOWS TO YOUR PRINTABLE VALENTINES
Download the FREE VALENTINE PRINTABLE. Print it out on cardstock. I chose white cardstock but you can print it on any color of cardstock paper you’d like. Cut the printable on the gray lines that are going down the middle of both sides of the printable.
I’ve left the bottom area of each valentine blank so your little one can add their own name. Now would be a great time to let them sign the cards. My sweet girl had the best time writing her name. We’ve been working on that lately so this was a perfect opportunity for her to show off her newly learned skills! Look how adorable she is!!
After your faux leather hairbows have dried you can attach them to your valentines. I recommend cutting a small slit just below the letter S in sweet. I cut mine halfway between the word sweet and the heart (you can use a small box cutter like I did or an xacto knife would work great too). Then slip the bottom part of the clip through to the back of the valentine, leaving the bow part on top.
Your valentines are ready to hand out. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and as always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask