A modern take on a western accessory: a rainbow bolo tie DIY!
I have so many collared shirts hanging in my closet that are begging for a little something extra and this cute little clay number seems to be calling my name. It’s like the understated love child of a necklace and an earring. Haha. And if you want to make your own, it will only take a few minutes and a handful of supplies.
Materials Needed for Rainbow DIY Bolo Tie
- polymer clay in colors of your choice*
- knife or clay cutter
- cutting surface
- bolo tie kit
- super glue
- parchment paper
- baking sheet
*You can either use individual colors, or just one color and mix it with white to create an ombre effect. A little bit of white goes a long way!
How to Make a Rainbow DIY Bolo Tie
Step 1: Preheat oven.
Start by preheating your oven to 225º and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Prepare the clay and shape the rainbows.
While the oven is heating up, roll out the desired clay colors into round tubes on a flat surface with your hand. They should be at least 1/4” thick.
To make the rainbow arch shape, start with the most inner arch and “fold” the first clay piece. Continue by adding the other colors around the most inner piece. Once you have all your colors lined up in the arch shape, cut all pieces to create the bottom of the arch.
Step 3: Bake the clay.
Place your clay on your lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. If your oven tends to run hot, keep a very close eye on them, or it might burn. Remove your piece and let it cool. The clay should be mostly firm, and will continue to harden as it cools.
Step 4: Attach clay rainbow to bolo tie slide.
Once completely cooled off, put a dab of strong glue on your bolo tie slide, and hold your clay arch firmly for about 30 seconds.
Crafting and modeling Casey Harper / Photography Brittni Mehlhoff
I’ve talked a good amount about different DIY clay techniques for various DIY projects – whether it’s for jewelry or housewares, etc. So if you’re looking for more clay ideas for bolo ties and beyond, you might find some inspiration on this post: how to make clay earrings. AND if you want to make DIY rainbow earrings to match your bolo tie, I just saw that Oh Joy posted some cute ones with a similar technique.
Have you ever worn a bolo tie before? What about a DIY version..think you’ll give this one a try?