Clown ties are brightly coloured, oversized ties that can be easily clipped on and off the front of any button-up shirt. They are great to make for fancy dress costumes, wardrobe pieces for a production or to help complete a clown's outfit. You can create your own clown tie easily with only a few inexpensive craft supplies, such as felt.
Use scissors to make multiple cuts through a piece of felt that is about 50 by 17.5 cm (20 by 7 inches), laying a metal ruler over it to ensure a straight cut. The felt can be any bright colour that you wish. Cut a large triangle for the "knot" of the tie and set it aside. Make sure the bottom edge of the triangle is at least 12.5 cm (5 inches) of the 17.5 cm (7 inch) edge of felt. The bottom end of the tie should have an exaggerated width and should taper inward as it goes up.
Set the two pieces that make up the tie aside. Cut different sized circles from various other pieces of felt in multiple colours.
Hot glue the large triangle piece of felt upside down over the skinny end of the tie piece. Arrange the circles over the tie, making sure that the different colours are spread apart and not clustered together.
Secure the dots to the tie using hot glue. Apply a line of the hot glue across the top end of a long metal clip, such as an alligator hair clip. Press the clip, facing sideways, over the back of the "knot" of the tie. Allow the glue to dry completely. You can secure the tie to any button-up clown shirt by sliding the clip sideways over the flap in the front of the shirt.
Things you need
- Felt in varied colours of your choice
- Hot glue gun
- Long metal clip, such as an alligator clip