Diy Bow Tie

Last week, I was in full Halloween-costume-making-mode (you can see our get-ups here and here).  One of the simplest pieces I created was a bow tie.

Initially, I thought it would only be good for a one-time-wear, but turns out it will be sticking around for a while.  This is perfect for costumes, photo shoots, or just sporting for the day!

Here’s how:

Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 Sheet of felt
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)
  • Elastic
  • Sew on snap fasteners
  • Needle & thread (optional)


Fold the piece of felt in half.  With the Sharpie, draw an outline of a bow tie and cut. (Doubling the felt makes for a sturdier tie and 3 dimensional look).

Cut an additional piece of felt (about 1/2 inch x 2 inches) to wrap around the middle section of the tie.

Measure and cut the piece of elastic.  Lay the bow tie flat (face-down) with the felt strip and elastic (as shown in picture).  Glue the elastic to the tie.  Fold the middle strip and glue to secure in place.

Use sew on snap fasteners on the ends of the elastic for easy snap-on wear and removal. Either sew or hot glue!

Now, create them in as many colors as you want!  And don’t worry if your little gets one dirty, they’re so easy (and cheap) to make and replace!

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