This is a tutorial for making butterfly bows with faux leather that can be turned into for hair clips, hair bands, and many other accessories.
I made a set of basic faux leather bows a while back and thought it was one of the more satisfying projects to make. It was super easy especially since I cut the leather using my Cricut and then the assembly was a snap.
You really can’t mess these bows up and even the messed-up ones are still pretty cute.
Some people prefer a slight fold in the middle of the bow to create a more three-dimensional effect. I thought I’d do a tutorial on how to do this most effectively.
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Materials for DIY Butterfly Bows
Faux Leather – You can use real leather but I feel like for butterflies, it just suits the faux leather look a little better. Here are a few of my favorite sets:
- Cricut Faux Leather Sampler: while they are the most expensive, they are the easiest to cut with just a fine point blade.
- Full assorted set from Amazon
- Metallic and Pastel assorted set from Amazon
- Metallic Pastels set from Amazon
Hot Glue Gun – I have all sorts of hot glue sticks for different projects but the one that works best for bows is the Gorilla hot glue sticks. You can use generic brands but it might not last as long.
Template – I’ve included both the printable and SVG format versions of this butterfly bow templates set for free in my resource library.
Tips for Making Faux Leather Butterfly Bows
Cutting Faux Leather with the Cricut
Both the Cricut Explorer and Maker can handle faux leather, especially the one I recommended above. However, the technique is a little different depending on your blade.
If you are using a regular blade, I would recommend a Strong Grip Mat and placing the leather smooth side down.
If you don’t have a Strong Grip Mat, use the Standard Grip mat and place some transfer tape on the fuzzy side of the leather and place the transfer tape side down on the mat.
I like using my Rotary blade for all leather projects. I use a Standard Grip Map with the smooth side down.
Assembling the Bow
To create an indentation in the bow, first glue 2 creases on the fuzzy side. Hot glue gun grips much better on the fuzzy side.
Place a little dot on one end and pinch for a few seconds until the glue sets.
Repeat on the other end.
Flatten the bow and hold it in place as you glue on the next layer.
Sometimes the glue comes undone in which case just do it again. If you mess up, just stick the nozzle of the hot glue gun in the dried glue and it was loosen after a few seconds.
Be careful not to burn your finger tips.