DIY Paper Necktie For Kids

My wife took the kids to see the Pinkalicious musical today here in Portland. My daughter had a pink dress all picked out, but my son realized he had nothing pink to wear. So we quickly made this paper necktie together with an old cover of an Art Forum Magazine. It was very fast to make. We cut out the main shape of the tie, then glued on some strips of paper for the stripes, and trimmed the edges off. Finally, we took a paper clip and bent it open very slightly, and just taped it to the back of the tie. He was really excited to wear it. We might have to make some more in different colors and patterns now. Fancy!

If any of you have ideas or tutorials for other ways to make neckties (for kids or grown-ups), Let me know in the comments. I’d love to see them. I remember stumbling across a cool homemade tie sewing pattern once that looked quite fun.


  1. November 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    How fun! I love this take on the classic piece.

  2. November 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Joel--I love the paper tie! Because I have two boys and love sewing, I've definitely experimented with ties (and vests and suspenders). I've appliqued ties to onesies using heat 'n' bond. I've sewed bow ties using a purchased pattern. I've also just cut a simple tie shaped out of two pieces of identically-sized fabric, put wrong-sides together, and sewed around the edges, securing an elastic from the tie's knot. Then I wash them so they fray a bit. These are my favorite. (See an example here.) P.S. I just made your sun ray toy for my three-month-old! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. November 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    P.P.S. (Sorry) I've also made bow ties for my husband so he can match--I'm horrible; I know. Anyway, that free pattern can be found here.

    1. November 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks everyone! Erinmalia - Very cool ties! You're right, I love that sewn one with the rough edges. Looks really cool!

  4. November 14, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Nicely done! It's so frustrating that there's rarely anything pink for boys. That's the power of the Pink/blue Marketing Machine, eh. Go pink-for-boyz (and other colours, sometimes, for girls ;-)

  5. November 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hello! I love your ideas on making fun and easy-to-follow crafts! I am spending a lot of time trying to come up with innovative ideas to teach my students too; your site is very helpful! Thank you for sharing!

    1. November 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Hannah!

  6. November 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Just found you from Parents Best Blog Awards -- and I am in shock that I hadn't seen your blog before! You are brilliant - what an incredible site. Just spent the last twenty minutes looking at different posts and projects. Fabulous!

    1. November 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Janice!

  7. November 17, 2011 at 4:40 am

    The paper tie is cute! I have been turning my husband's old neckties into bowties for a few years.

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