Make a Simple Stylish DIY Duct Tape Bow Tie Collar
A measuring tape
A small, thin ribbon or strip of duct tape for middle of bow
Extra ribbon to tie the bow to your dog or a collar to attach the bow to
Step 1: Measure The Tape
Measure out the duct tape to be twice as long as you want your bow to be. You want to make two different sized bows and put one on top of the other to get a more 3D effect. We made ours from a 10in piece for the back and a 7in piece for the front.
For a larger dog and to make a bigger bow tie we measured 14in for the larger piece and 10in for the smaller.
Step 2: Fold The Tape
Carefully fold the duct tape in half, aligning the two edges so the sticky parts touch each other. Do this with both pieces.
Step 3: Fold The Tape Horizontally, Twice
Fold the duct tape in half horizontally so both edges meet and then back again the other way (like a fan). Do this with both pieces.
Step 4: Layer The Bows and Pinch the Middle
With the smaller piece centred on top of the larger one and the creases lined up, pinch the centre of both to make the bow’s shape.
Step 5: Tape the Centre in Place
Take a small piece of duct tape and wrap it carefully around where you’re pinching to hold it in place.
Step 6: Measure Your Dog’s Neck
Use the measuring tape to measure your dog’s neck and be sure to leave 3 or 4 inches extra to tie a knot into later. Cut a piece of ribbon to this size, or for this step you can also just use a collar you may already have for your dog and secure the bow onto that.
Step 7: Secure bow to ‘Collar’ and Cover
Place the ribbon measured to your dog’s neck, or the collar you already have centered to the back of the bow. Use a little bit of hot glue to secure this in place. Cover your taped center and the ‘collar’ with a fancy ribbon by wrapping it around on top of where you just taped. Glue into place.
Now you have a beautiful, funky new piece of bling for your dog to show off! Just look at Kilo the Pug!
The Island Cats says
So cute…and easy too! Kilo looks adorable in his DYI bow tie. 🙂
The Island Cats says
Oops…that should be DIY bow tie. 🙂
So cute!! I’m not crafty, but even I think that I could make this. 🙂
Loved this step by step tutorial. I bought one last summer for our dog but will use this post to make one at home myself.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
These are cute and look doable with my limited crafting skills. I like how it matches Kilo’s Buddy Belt.
First of all, Kilo you make a very handsome helper! How easy is this to make a bow tie, even I could do it 🙂
That looks great! I’ve made a bow tie for Theo out of fabric, but I bet duct tape will be even easier. Kilo looks so handsome in his!
Lola The Rescued Cat says
This is an adorable project! I bet even I could manage to make one. Thanks for sharing. (Kilo looks very cute!)
Cathy Armato says
What a fun & simple DIY project! This bow tie is great for Christmas, it’s just the right color. Kilo looks so handsome!
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Carol Bryant says
I have to try this for my dapper Dex. He has a collection of clothes and ties and I need to try to make one. I will make that a fall project!
Ruth Epstein says
OMG they are adorable, just love love love and I am wondering if Madam would wear one, thanks so much for showing how to make them
Dear Mishu says
That’s cool! Can girl dogs who get mistaken for boys all the time rock a bow tie? Asking for a friend….
Talent Hounds says
Of course- maybe a pink or purple one?
Irene McHugh says
Kilo, you look fabby in your bow tie! This tutorial is really nicely laid out step-by-step. And the pictures help so much. I may give this project a go. And I’m not terribly crafty, but I think I could make this bow tie.
Dolly the Doxie says
What a cool DIY! We aren’t into doing anything for ourselves but we know that lot’s of others are so we’ll be sure and at least pin this. Looking good Kilo! Sandra and Dolly
The Daily Pip says
I’m DIY challenged, but this looks like something that I could even manage. No sewing is right up my alley! Plus, I love a dog in a bow-tie!
Sweet Purrfections says
I admire people who do a lot of DIY projects, especially for your fur children. Kilo looks great in his bow tie.