Harry Potter DIY Felt Tie

Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Total Time
    15 min
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Make your own Harry Potter DIY Felt Ties for your DIY costume, as a return present or as that little bit extra for your Harry Potter Party. We did all of these for our recent Harry Potter party: The kids got school ties according to their house colours and they then wore the ties throughout the party, so we could tell the teams apart during the many Hogwarts classes/games (post coming on those soon). After the party they could take the ties home as a part of the return present (along with a bag or Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from Honeydukes)

The felt ties are very simple to make and they add that little bit extra to a Harry Potter school uniform costume. We didn’t make a costume (like we usually would) for my kids this time but the ties did make their white t-shirts a little more fun.

Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Making Harry Potter DIY Felt Ties as return presents

As mentioned already, these felt ties are easy to make and they don’t require any special skills. It did, however, take about 3-4 hours to make 17 of them so always consider this before you decide to make any DIY return presents. I was lucky this was a small party and we only ended with 15 kids in total because of younger siblings.

I had the same “problem” for our Moana Party where I made Frangipani Hair Flower Clips for all the kids. It’s easy to make one, but to make 35 is a little more time-consuming. I do, however, like adding that little personal touch to every party and I don’t think I will ever learn not to start these projects. But now you are warned! It takes longer than you might think. To make it easier download the FREE template here: Harry Potter Felt Tie FREE Template

To make the Harry Potter DIY Felt Ties, what kind of glue is best?

I tried with both white glue and with a glue gun. In the step-by-step guide below I have used regular white Fevicol glue. In the video below I have used the glue gun for all the steps. There are positives and negatives for both:

Positives and negatives on using the glue gun:

  • It is faster to use as it dries quickly.
  • It doesn’t leave any white marks on the felt after drying.
  • The glue gun is hot, so kids cannot use it as easily as adults without getting burned.
  • The glue gun cannot always make thin lines for the thin strips of felt which means small blobs of transparent glue end up here and there. I cut these off with a sharp knife afterwards (as seen in the video)

Positives and negatives on using normal fevicol glue:

  • It takes longer to dry
  • It’s easier for kids to handle than a hot glue gun
  • Sometimes the white glue will leave a little white colour behind. Especially on darker colours.
Use the following colour combination for the different Hogwart houses:
Gryffindor : red with dark yellow
Slytherin: green and grey
Huffelpuff: yellow with black
Rawenclaw: blue with grey
Hope you have lots of fun with this tutorial and at your Harry Potter Party. Lots more posts on DIY Harry Potter Party Ideas coming soon. Check out all the posts under themed parties on top of the page or follow me on Instagram or FaceBook for regular updates

Ingredients

Directions

Step 1
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Draw the tie onto the felt sheet and cut it out. Measure out the elastic to 43-45cm and keep it ready too.

Step 2
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Cut thin and thick strips of felt of another colour. The Gryffindor tie is red with dark yellow, Slytherin's is green and grey, Huffelpuff's is yellow with black and Rawenclaw's is blue with grey.

Step 3
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Use your glue gun to glue the elastic together. If you don't have a glue gun, use needle and thread instead.

Step 4
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Glue the elastic string onto the tie where the joint on the elastic is. Add more glue and fold it.

Step 5
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Use regular white glue or the glue gun to glue on the strips of felt. Make sure the lines match the vertical cut at the bottom of the tie. The pattern is two thick lines closer together, then one thin line, then two thicker lines again and so on

Step 6
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

Instead of measuring the strips, just glue them on and let the ends go beyond the border. It's easier and the end product will be better. Let the glue dry.

Step 7
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

After the glue has dried, cut off the excess strips around the sides.

Step 8
Harry Potter Felt Tie DIY

And you are done. I also made a black tie with all the house colours for myself, as we decided I was going to be "the teacher". Hope you have fun with this project and have a fun Harry Potter party. There are a lot more inspiration to be found on this site. Please check the themed party category on top of this page.

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