Origami Paper Bowtie




I may have found the perfect accessory for that fancy Near Year's Eve party you are going to! Yes, look totally dapper with this bowtie made entirely out of paper. It's sophistication with a twist.

PS I can't promise that this DIY is super easy. This video is not to necessarily teach you how to make each fold, but to demonstrate the general crease pattern. If you don't have a lot of experience with folding tessellations, I'd strongly suggest that you try the bracelet DIY first. It will help you get a sense of how these folds work. Good luck!

Here I am using Canson Mi-Teintes drawing paper, but anything around 98 lb (160 gsm) should work.

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Step 1: Step 1: Video Instruction

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Print the DIY crease pattern on letter size cardstock.

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Cut out these three pieces: two bigger pieces for the bow, and one for the knot.

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With the ruler's straight edge as guide, score along all the dot-dot and dash-dot lines with the dull side of a blade. This will allow easy folding. Be careful to not cut through the paper.

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Fold the bow strip like so.

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Fold the bow strip like so.

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Start following the crease lines to make the mountain and valley folds.

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Crease these folds.

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Squeeze to set the folds.

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Crease and set the next group of folds.

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Crease and set the next group of folds.

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Now you have completed one side. Repeat for the other side.

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Now you have completed half of the bow. Repeat and make the other half bow.

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Crease the knot strip like so.

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Flatten the knot strip and create this pleated look.

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Make it into a loop.

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Glue the two half bows together.

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Wrap the loop around the bow. And you are done!

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24 Discussions


7 months ago

Excuse me, I can't lift 98 pounds. How am I supposed to fold this? :P


2 years ago

It would be cool to laser cut them and then hand them out


3 years ago

This is an awesome ible! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to print out a few so I could make these in different colors and prints. I'm excited to see the looks on my clients/employees faces when I wear them to work!


4 years ago

This is a great 'ible, thanks for the pics. How about for wearing it? Any creative ideas?

2 replies

Reply 3 years ago

What a great tie for St. Patrick's Day out of green paper!


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

You can pull a string or ribbon through the center loop and tie it around your neck or use a clip. Hope this helps!


4 years ago on Introduction

Very classy. I'll have to make one to keep at the office for surprise formal events. Great job on the instructions.

Amber Celeste

4 years ago

Cool project! Thanks for sharing!

Ian Scheele

4 years ago on Introduction

The lines don't show up on my print, but everything else does. Any ideas?