One of the things I love most about my Cricut is just how many different things it can cut. Having a deep cut blade has opened up the doors for everything from leather to balsa wood. I spend most of my time cutting vinyl or heat transfer but this summer one of my goals was to try new crafts and cutting materials with my Cricut. These hair accessories are unbelievably easy to make but will look like you spent hours with leather tools!
You can make these hair acessories a couple of different ways, using real leather and a deep cut blade or using Cricut’s fun Faux Leather and your normal blade.
You will need:
- a Cricut Explore (I use the Explore Air 2 and it is amazing!)
- Cricut Faux Leather (we used leather in Peacock, Sapphire, Black and Caramel)
- Hot Glue
- Barrette Blanks
- Elastic Cord
I love the Cricut Faux leather because it comes it so many colors and it actually really thin, making it easy to turn into amazing craft. Create designs in Cricut Design Space or you can use the the two flowers and the headband I used, found here. Make sure to resize the images to your desired size. Hit the Make It button in the top right corner of the New Design Space and then the continue button and then change the smart dial on your Cricut to the custom material and select your specific material in the program. I used the Leather, Faux -1mm (Cricut) setting but they also have settings for thicker leather including Light, 1.4 mm , Medium, 1.8mm , and Heavy, 2mm.
Adhere your leather to the cutting mat. If your leather is wider than the mat, cut it down so it will fit into the machine. Load the mat into the machine and hit the flashing Cricut button to start cutting.
The cut leather pieces will pop right out of the larger piece of leather, with no snags.
Repeat the process with all of the different colors of leather you want to cut.
Tie a piece of stretchy cord to one side of your headband, wrap it around the head of the person who is going to wear the headband to measure how much cord you need. Tie the other end of the cord to the other side of the leather. Put a dab of hot glue on the knot to keep it in place and then trim any tail left from the knot. Hot glue the flowers together in various combinations and then hot glue them to the top of a barrette.
The deep cut blade is one of my very favorite features of my Cricut. Not only does it let you cut deeper but I also love having a separate blade for my tough to cut items so I don’t wear out my normal blade. This deep cut blade works in all Cricut machines, so it doesn’t matter which one you have. The blades have a steeper angle and are made of a more durable steel to make sure you get the perfect cut every time. Use the Deep Cut Blade for chipboard, magnet material, stiffened felt and foam sheets. I have used my blade it cut soda cans, cereal boxes and all sorts of other recycled items. I can’t wait to try it out on thicker leather too to make cuffs and earrings!
What would you use a deep cut blade for?
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