Calgary Stampede Craft: Bolo Tie

Jul 3, 2015

Make a quick, easy, personalized bolo tie for the Calgary Stampede! A bolo tie is perfect as part of a cowgirl or cowboy costume and great for everyday dress up.

You Will Need:

  • cardstock or cardboard
  • scissors
  • markers, crayons or pencil crayons
  • stick-on gems (available at dollar stores and craft stores)
  • masking tape
  • drinking straw
  • leather string, waxed cotton cord, shoelace or other thick string
  • plastic beads

Craft supplies for the bolo tie craft.


1. Cut the cardstock or carboard into a circle or oval. Decorate it with bright colours and stick-on gems. 

2. Cut two pieces from the straw. The pieces should be slightly smaller than your decorated circle. Tape the pieces of straw to the back of the circle. 

3. Thread each end of the string through one of the straws. The end with the loop will go around your neck—make sure it's the right way up before moving to the next step!

4. Thread both ends of string through one bead. This will let you adjust the length of your bolo tie. 

Two pieces of straw stuck to the back of a piece of cardstock with masking tape.

5. Add beads to both ends of the string—three or four or more! Tie a knot at the end of each string.

A complete bolo tie.

Ta da! A brand new bolo tie for all your Calgary Stampede adventures in July. 

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