How to Make a Paper Necktie

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Markers and stickers
  • Craft glue
  • Hole punch
  • String or 1/4-inch-wide ribbon

Kids can make an adorable paper necktie for a special homemade Father’s Day gift or to wear during pretend play to feel all grown up. Caregivers can help very young children with the project by cutting the necktie shape from construction paper and allowing the children to decorate the necktie however they would like. Older children can make the necktie on their own for a completely personalized gift or costume accessory.

Use a real tie as a template to trace a tie onto a piece of cardstock or construction paper.

Cut out the traced tie shape. Alternatively, cut a rectangle that measures approximately 8 inches by 3 inches and fold over the edges at one short end to make the bottom point of the tie.

Decorate the cardstock or construction-paper tie. Make stripes across the tie with marker, make polka dots or decorate the tie with stickers. For a Father’s Day gift, write a special message across the tie.

Cut out a 2-inch-by-4 inch rectangle from the same paper. Apply a line of glue around two long sides and one short side. Attach the rectangle to the center back of the tie. Write a special note on a piece of paper and tuck it into this pocket.

Use a hole punch to make a hole on each side of the top of the tie.

Cut a long length of strip or 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Insert one end of the string or ribbon through both holes in the tie. Tie the two ends of the string or ribbon together so the maker or gift recipient can wear his new tie.


  • Instead of making holes in the top of the tie, you can attach the tie to a shirt-shaped Father’s Day card.


About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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