No, these are not candy, they are bows made out of jelly sheets and they are super cute as both hair bows and other accessories.
Continuing on with my bow making obsession, I decided to experiment with jelly sheets this week. This was a little harder to make due to the gluing process but they turned out so cute it was worth the time!
The problem with jelly sheets is they are are super hard to glue. Polymer glues and a hot glue gun don’t really grip the slippery surface. Super glue was no use either.
I ended up having to use E6000 which I don’t get out unless I have to because it stinks and I believe the fume are carcinogenic. If you are going to make these, be sure to do the gluing part in a well ventilated area.
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Materials for Jelly Bows
Jelly Sheets – I got this assorted basic jelly sheet set because I wanted thin sheets that I could cut with the normal fine point blade. It turned out great. The same brand also makes these cool holographic jelly sheets as well. Some of the other brands are a bit thicker which I find hard to work with.
Templates – These jelly bow templates are available both in SVG and printable formats for free in my resource library.
How to make jelly bows
Step 1: Cut out the templates
I used my Cricut cutting machine to cut this. I would recommend a standard grip mat at minimum. The sheets are a bit slippery and need more grip. I kept the design relatively simple because it makes cutting easier and also since the material is a little bit transparent, intricate cuts don’t really look that great.
Step 2 – Glue in phases
This E6000 takes a little while to set, like at least one if not two hours. I held it in places for a couple of minutes hoping it would be enough and it wasn’t. I actually just paper clipped it in place over night and that seemed to do the trick.
Paper clips are your friend here. I like to use them to dab the glue and keep things in place while it is setting. They are cheap and disposable after use.
Step 3 Glue the layers together
Start with just gluing the tabs together and them layer. If you try to glue everything together at once, everything is just going to slip out of place.
With the butterfly cutout, I had to glue the edges together first so it would have a nice creased effect.
Try to set the whole thing there overnight to secure the bonds. You want to make sure the bow part is set because trying to attach it to any hair clip base or accessory.