How to Make Jack's Bat Bow Tie

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How to Make Jack's Bat Bow Tie
Your Jack Skellington bow tie can look like this. (vampire bat image by Allyson Ricketts from

Jack Skellington is a skeleton from the 1993 movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas." He wears a black pinstripe suit with a bow tie shaped like bat wings. His bow tie is quite easy to make.

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Things you need

  • 2 feet of No. 10 gauge wire
  • 4 sheets 8 1/2 by 12 inch black construction paper
  • 2 sheets 8 1/2 by 12 inche heavy cardboard
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Measure your neck and add two inches.

  2. 2

    Cut the wire to the neck measurement that you made in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Make a small loop on each end of the wire.

  4. 4

    Form the wire into a circle using your neck measurement as a guide.

  5. 5

    Lay all four sheets of the black construction paper on a table and draw an arc on the short side measuring one-half of your neck measurement.

  6. 6

    Cut all four sheets on this arc line.

  7. 7

    Draw and cut out a bat wing shape on the opposite side of the arc on all four sheets of the black construction paper.

  8. 8

    Lay two of the sheets of black construction paper on each sheet of the cardboard and draw around the arc and bat wing shape.

  9. 9

    Cut out the "wing."

  10. 10

    Reverse the other two sheets of black construction paper and cardboard and repeat Steps 7 through 9.

  11. 11

    Glue one black construction paper wing to the cardboard of each side of the bat wing, leaving an inch at the neck.

  12. 12

    Turn over the bat wing and glue the remaining sheets of black construction paper to the other side of the cardboard.

  13. 13

    Lay both bat wings flat on a table with the neck arcs facing each other.

  14. 14

    Lift the black construction paper at the neck, apply glue and lay the wire circle onto the cardboard. The loops must face the back.

  15. 15

    Firmly press the black construction paper over the wire so it is glued into a "pocket."

  16. 16

    Glue the bat head to the front centre of the bow tie.

  17. 17

    Place the bow tie around your neck after the glue has completely dried, using the loops to connect it.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a heavy string instead of the wire and tie the string in the back. The wire just makes the bow tie firmer.
  • Place a bead on the end of the wire to keep from scratching yourself on the ends of the wire.
  • When using the pliers to form the loops, be careful not to cut yourself on the wire.

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