DIY Wooden Bow Tie

DIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythoughtIt is always so hard to try to think of handmade Christmas presents for the guys in my life. But today’s project is the ultimate gift for a fancy lumberjack… or any guy that wears bow ties. I, unfortunately, don’t know too many guys that will wear bow ties – but you better believe that every single one I know that does wear them will be getting one of these for Christmas this year!
DIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythought What you need:
-Thin crafting wood (Michael’s)
-Pencil and ruler
-Scroll saw
-Belt sander
-Sewing machine
-Hot glue gun
-Hooks and eyes
-Needle and thread

How to make it:
-Measure and sketch out the design of your bow tie on the back side of the wood.
-Use the scroll saw to cut around your design.
-Use the belt sander to sand down the rough sides. I used a thin belt sander to bevel the edges.
-Use whatever finish you desire on the wood or leave it natural.
-For the fabric that goes around the middle of the bow tie, measure the width of the middle section, double the measurement and add about 1/4″ or so. Sew down the side with the backside facing out. Once it is sewn, flip it right-side out and iron it flat with the seam in the back.
-You will repeat most of these steps with the fabric that will go around the neck. But for this you need to add about 1/2″ to the width your need (make sure it isn’t wider than the bow tie or it will show in the middle) and add 1″ to the length. Fold in 1/2″ on each end before sewing the length so the unfinished edges won’t be seen once you turn the fabric inside out.I did not make mine adjustable, so I had to measure the size of neck of those that I was making them for. (You can find many other tutorials on how to make an adjustable band if you’d prefer that.)
-Use a dab of hot glue to secure the long piece in the middle of the back of the bow tie and then hot glue the middle piece around it.
-Now sew on the hook and eye to the end of the fabric that will go around the neck. Make sure you’re sewing it to the correct side!
DIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythought ^ I think Levi approves! Haha!
DIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Bow Tie @themerrythought Go try it out! You can get a whole bunch of Christmas presents done by making a quick batch of these!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Monday, December 2, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Diana - Oh what a wonderful idea and what cute pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, December 2, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Rebekah - um, ridiculously cool — once again blown away by you! xoReplyCancel

  • Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Stacia - These are so amazingly cool!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    kittenhood - wonderful idea! it looks so classy and masculine.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 1:15 am

    kailamo - Oh I saw one of these on pinterest a while ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever, I like that you switched up the fabrics, SO cool! Love them, I definitely want to make some! And oh my, your little guy is the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:03 am

    Brittany - I’d like to try to make these for our wedding! What are the measurements for adult bow ties?ReplyCancel

    • Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:44 am

      Caitlin McGrath - These would be perfect for a wedding! The size of the wooden bow tie part will vary depending on the shape and size that you prefer. I just drew out a few designs first to see what I liked best. For the fabric neckband, you will need to measure the neck size of each person you would be making one for and then follow step 6. Or you can make adjustable bands.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 8:05 pm

    Chimere - I love this, by any chance do you think I could use a dremel 3000 to cut the shapeReplyCancel

    • Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 9:44 am

      Caitlin McGrath - I have never used one for something like this so I’m not positive. On the Dremel website it looks like the 3000 would – you’d just have to have the right attachment.ReplyCancel

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