Today I created a highland cow door hanger with a bit of plywood, faux fur, and a twine hanger. The highland cow SVG can be used for this project, ornaments, or any number of fun cutting machine or laser crafts.
You can make this with a laser, Cricut or other cutting machine, or even by hand if you’ve got the power tools handy. This project is so quick to come together and can be made with a ton of materials you might have on hand.
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Highland Cow Door Hanger
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have been thinking on something for a good year now. While house hunting, every.single.house we went into here in Texas had some of kind of cow art.
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Cow painting? Yes. Photographs of cows? Yes. Highland cows? Yep. Baby highland cows? Yeah, those are my favorite.
But back to my thinking… Now that we’ve been here in Texas a year, I figured it was time for some cow art of our own. So today I made this adorable highland cow SVG and the cutest door hanger!
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Supplies for This Beginner Laser Project
Because I was making this with my xTool M1 laser cutter, engraver, and blade cutting machine, I used plywood. If you’re working with a cutting machine (like a Cricut or Silhouette), you’ll need to use a thinner balsa wood or veneer and layer it.
For this project, I used:
- xTool M1 (the best crafter’s laser)
- 3mm Basswood Plywood
- Faux Fur (link below)
- Antique Wax in Brown and White
- Wood Glue and Gorilla Glue
- Staple Gun and 8mm Staples (for the hanger)
Highland Cow Door Hanger Video Tutorial
Over the years, I’ve embraced visual learning. If you are creating a playlist of projects or learn best visually, watch the step by step highland cow door hanger tutorial.
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How to Make a Door Hanger of a Highland Cow
Below are the step by step instructions for this fun beginner laser craft project. Keep this page open and follow along, using the comments section for questions.
If you prefer a printable tutorial without images, scroll down. Select the print button and save as a PDF or send to a printer.
Step 1: Size and Cut the Highland Cow Pieces
Upload the design into the software of your choice, size, and cut. You can also print off the PNG files and cut this by hand. See “Note 2” below.
Step 2: Size and Cut the Faux Fur Topper
On the back of the faux fur, trace the top edge of the highland cow head. Drop the bottom down to just above snout (keep in mind the faux fur pile will hang down).
Step 3: Prepare the Faux Fur
Glue down the top edge of the faux fur piece and set aside. This makes the back look as finished as the front.
Step 4: Paint or Stain Each Piece of the Door Hanger
Clean up the edges (I dry wipe mine) and paint or stain the horns, snout and face pieces, along with the base. Add a second coat, if desired, and then let dry and seal.
Step 5: Glue Components Together
Use a combination of super glue and wood glue to adhere the horns to the base piece. Use the same combination to combine the nostrils, smirk, and snout pieces together and then adhere the snout onto the base.
Step 6: Staple on the Hanger
Tie a piece of twine into knots at either end for the hanger. Turn the piece over and use the staple gun just above the knot to adhere the hanger to the back of the base piece.
Step 7: Add the Faux Fur Topper to the Highland Cow Sign
Flip the base back over and adhere the faux fur topper to the front of the base piece, taking care to pull it up and over the edge so it looks seamless. Pull the twine hanger to either side of the fur topper for a clean look.
More Projects You Might Like
- Highland Cow Plush / Highland Cow Gnome Tutorial – You can learn to make a highland cow three ways using this free pattern and highland cow tutorial.
- DIY Wine Charms – Use wood, acrylic, or vinyl to create these fun wine glass charms.
- Laser Cut Wooden Bookmarks for Christmas – Use the SVG bundle to create three different wooden Christmas bookmarks.
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How to Download the Highland Cow SVG for Cricut, Lasers, +
Add this highland cow SVG set here your cart and use the coupon moocow23. Once you add the digital download to your cart, add some more items (free or premium SVGs), and checkout – it’s as simple as that. The commercial use license will be provided for your records in the download.