Leather Bow Ring Tutorial

March 14, 2015Allison Murray
This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

When I was little every Christmas I’d wind up wearing a gift bow as a hair bow.I LOVED those bows. Those delicate little paper bows you place on top of a present only to present to the recipient all smooshed because somebody else put their present on top of yours. But maybe that was a part of the charm?

I remember I always wanted a package of them with more blue bows than anything. I knew blue bows rarely matched any of the wrapping paper and that meant I could wear one anytime during December and not just Christmas. Super score! Besides the blue are always the prettiest. Always.

In thinking about my love of bows and wanting to get my jewelry box filled back up again I decided to make this fabulous leather bow ring. It’s a lot bigger than most rings I would wear but I still really dig it and since it is on an expandable ring blank I can wear it on any finger I please. I’m thinking it would be best on either of my bird flipping fingers.

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For this project you will need:

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

First cut 3 strips of leather that are half an inch wide by 3.5 inches long. Also cut 2 strips of leather that are half an inch wide and 2.5 inches long. Another strip that is half an inch wide is also necessary but length doesn’t really matter – set this piece to the side.

Mark the center of the inside of your leather strips. (the fuzzier side)

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

To make the bow shape fold like you see here. It might take some finagling to figure it out but it’s not that difficult in the end.

The front side of the leather is facing away from you. The fuzzy side with your center mark is in the middle. Take the top of the piece of leather and fold it so that the smooth/good side is now on that mark for the center of the fuzzy side.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

You’ll form this shape if you’ve got it. Glue that first side down and use a clothes pin to secure. Move on to the next piece.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

After you get one side of all of your main pieces go back and glue down the other side folded into the center. Glue, pin and allow to fully dry.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

After the pins have been removed, place your three largest pieces together like so. Place glue in the middle of the top two pieces and hold together with your fingers for 10-15 minutes.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

Place your two smaller pieces  inside of the large bottom bow section and glue into place, also holding for a length until the glue takes hold.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

Grab that piece you set aside and cut a small length of it. Fold it like seen above and see if it looks like it fits the space well. Adjust and cut a new piece as necessary. Us that industrial strength glue to glue the piece into a loop shape.

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And glue it into the center. Now you can’t really hold with your fingers as you’ll windup smashing the piece down. Instead I grabbed a pair of closed scissors and pushed down on the inside of the loop where glued until it took hold.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

You can buy ring bases just about anywhere but I decided I wanted a nicer one for this particular ring. This one is super sturdy and a bit fancier than most. It’s also expandable which is good since I really like salt. Like a lot. Way too much.

 

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Place a daub of glue onto the flat part of the blank and give it a minute or two to get sticky.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

Place to the middle/back of the bow, giving pressure as needed until the bow seems firmly in place.

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Go ahead and give it some time to for the glue to really dry and this sucker won’t be going anywhere.

This fancy leather bow ring is a breeze to make. Add these leather bows to hair clips, shoe clips or anything!

The end result is  bit large, but you can play with the proportions of the leather strips to make something smaller if you choose.

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You could also maker a larger bow that would look great on a hair clip and last much longer than the paper ones! Bonus points if you can find blue leather!

I’ve decided I also need one in brown (tan, I decided, will match my skin too much and look like a weird growth) and red. So much fun!

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Comments (4)

  • Ama Ryllis

    March 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Allison, this is so cute…I will definitely do one!

  • Allison Murray

    March 15, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Yay, Ama!

  • Jenn – Endlessly Inspired

    April 7, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    OMG, I LOVE this!! I love giant rings, and I am totally pinning this to make one for myself sometime soon!!

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