How to Create Bolo Ties

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Making bolo ties can be a fun craft for the entire family. Utilizing a few items that can be found in any craft store, grown ups and children can make an interesting accessory, which can be decorated to be elegant, simple or whimsical. You can decorate the tie with simple beads, old silver lockets or even interesting-shaped keys. The only limitation toward creating an unforgettable piece of stylishness is your imagination.

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Things you need

  • 36 to 40 inches of cord for each tie being made
  • 1 metal slide for each tie
  • Pliers
  • Beads and other decorations
  • Jewelry glue
  • 2 metal bolo tips for each tie

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  1. 1

    Place the cord around the neck of the person for whom the tie is being made. Trim the cord evenly across if you think it is too long.

  2. 2

    Place the two ends of the cord, one in each notch, and pull them through to be sure the cord will fit in the metal slide. If it seems too tight, gently pry the notches open a bit until the cord slides easily.

  3. 3

    Remove the slide and put it aside for the moment.

  4. 4

    Choose the decoration for the tie. You can use anything from beads and small photos to an unusual button or stone. Just remember what you decide to use will be the object that catches everyone's eye on the tie.

  5. 5

    Clean the back of the object that will be placed on your tie, then place glue on it. Follow the instructions on the glue package and attach the object to the flat side of the metal slide.

  6. 6

    Allow the glue to dry according to the instructions on the package.

  7. 7

    Assemble the tie and place the two metal tips on each end of the cord, gently tightening them with pliers.

  8. 8

    Place the finished tie around the neck, slide the metal slide to the height you like, making sure that both ends are even.

Tips and warnings

  • Children can use a plastic cord or shoelaces lined with beads.
  • Do not allow children to wear the tie tightly.

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