Paper crafts are a super fun activity for kids of all ages, and today, I am going to show you how to make a DIY easy origami bow tie in just a few simple steps. 

This paper bow tie can be used for dress-up days at your child’s school, as an accompaniment for a gift for dad’s birthday, or on Father’s Day. Or simply use them as decorations for wedding tables or other occasions.

No matter what occasion it is for, you can have so much fun making a snazzy bow tie with your kids!

Two hands holding a blue and red origami bow tie made from a Skip to My Lou tutorial.
This origami bow tie is super easy to make!

Get that origami paper ready and let’s jump in. Once you are done, be sure to check out our other origami tutorials, like Origami Heart Sucker Covers, Origami Crane, and Origami Cat, amongst others.

Origami Is Excellent for Kids because…

There’s a reason why origami is becoming so popular. The Japanese have practiced the art for centuries, and it’s the perfect way to not only entertain your children but to help them develop.

Firstly, origami teaches patience, and in our rush-rush world today, that’s a virtue that has sadly been lost in many areas of life.

Secondly, it’s great for helping your child learn to concentrate for extended periods, and it’s great for developing fine motor skills as they fold and cut paper.

Plus, it’s just lots and lots of fun.


To make this origami bow tie, you will need the following supplies:

  • Paper. Note that while most origami starts with square paper, for this you need a long rectangle shape. You could even use wrapping paper to make it just a little bit more funky.
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • Glue. There is no need for a ribbon to secure this bow tie.

Video: How To Fold An Origami Bow Tie

Origami Bow Tie Tutorial: Step-by-Step Instructions

Here are the steps you need to follow to fold an origami bow tie. Make sure you watch the video as well, especially if you aren’t sure of a step.

Step 1: Start with a long rectangular piece of paper as shown below, fold it in half, and make a crease.

Two hands holding a long piece of rectangular paper.
Start with a rectangular piece of paper, like this.
Two hands folding a red rectangular piece of paper in half.
Fold it in half.

Step 2: Using the full area of the folded paper, draw a fish outline as shown in the images below. This will form the bow tie shape.

Drawing a fish outline on the red piece of rectangular paper.
Time to draw!
A completed fish outline drawn on a red piece of rectangulr paper.
You want a fish outline like this.

Step 3: Using your scissors, cut out along the line of the fish shape and then open the paper up along the crease.

A pair of scissors being used to cut out the fish outline.
Cut out the along the fish outline.
Unfolding the fish shape to start forming a bow tie.
Open the paper along the crease.

Step 4: Cut two snips on both the right side of the fishtail. Now flip the paper 180 degrees and do the same. When looking at the fish tails, the two cuts will be on opposite ends and not the same ends, so one will be on the bottom on the right side and one on the top on the left side. If you are unsure, please check the video which shows this step clearly.

Cutting two snips on the left and right side of the fish tail to connect the bow tie.
More snipping!

Step 5: Fold the tails towards each other and connect them together as shown in the picture below. Again, the video shows this clearly too.

Connecting the two fish tails together via the two snips.
It’s all coming together.
The fish tails are connected and the bow tie is taking shape.
Connecting the two snips together.

Step 7: Push the middle section (by the crease down towards the bottom section to form the bowtie as shown in the images below.

The bow tie shape is formed by pushing down on the center crease.
Push down along the center crease to form the bow tie shape.
The bow tie shape is formed.
Looking good!

Step 8: Once pushed into place, secure with some glue.

The bow tie shape is secured with glue.
Secure in place with some gllue.
The red bow tie is almost complete.
Almost done!

Step 9: Take a thin piece of paper, place it in the middle of the bow tie and then loop the two ends at the top and the bottom on the back. Glue them in place.

Thin piece of paper is cut and placed in the middle of the bow tie.
Cut a thin strip of paper.
The top end and the bottom of the paper are folded over the back of the bow tie.
Fold the ends over the top and bottom.
Two hands holding a completed red bow tie.
Glue the folded ends to the back of the bowtie, and voila!

And now you have your own origami bow tie!

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