These easy no-sew Harry Potter Felt Ties are a must for any wizard themed party! A quick and easy way to sort everyone into the right house and giving them an adorable party favor. All you need is fabric glue, felt, and hair clips!
HOW TO MAKE HOGWARTS HOUSE TIES OUT OF FELT
One of the first items we ordered when my son chose Harry Potter as his Halloween costume was the tie. According to him it was THE most important part. How on earth would everyone know that he was a Gryffindor if he did not sport the right colors?
Since all of the ties I could find online were $5+ a piece, I knew it was not realistic for me to buy one for all of the party guests. However, felt is extremely cheap and with a little hot glue I was able to put together 12 ties for $6.49 and in under one hour! The perfect way for all of the party guests to display their house pride.
HARRY POTTER FELT TIE TEMPLATE
The first thing I did was draw out a tie pattern on a piece of cardstock. Is it perfect? No, way. The good news is it did not need to be too perfect because most of the guests were only 7, and I doubt they were going to bust out their rulers.
However, I did create a template for you! Download the image below for a quick print tie template to help you create your ties. And this one IS perfect.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR NO-SEW TIES
No printer? No problem. You can always follow the same process I did and just eyeball a drawing. OR follow these steps for a quick DIY template:
- Grab one of your kids/adult ties. Zero judgement if these are being made for adults.
- Lay it on a piece of cardstock.
- Mark the length and use it as a guide for how big to make your ties.
Easy peasy. Here are all of the other items you’ll need to get started:
- Felt: You can buy individual sheets from most hobby stores, but it will be much cheaper to browse the fabric section and have them cut you 1/4 to 1/2 yard. You will need deep red, yellow/gold, dark green, gray/silver, dark blue.
- Fabric Glue: We used Aleen’s Fabric Fusion (affiliate) and it worked amazing with all of the little kids really giving these the true test.
- Ruler: This is optional. We actually didn’t worry too much about how straight our lines were and they still turned out great. But for a more structured look a ruler will come in handy.
- Fabric Scissors: Felt is THICK. It is so handy, and will save you some serious hand pain, if you use quality scissors. I’m a BIG fan of Singer Scissors (affiliate). They sliced through the fabric like butter.
- Hair Clips: Silver snap clips (affiliate) work well for little kiddos. But for adults we opted for Curling Clips (affiliate). Both are handy and relatively inexpensive. You might even be able to find them at the dollar store!
- Hot Glue Gun: While fabric glue works amazing for the tie assembly. hot glue will hold the clips in place better.
MORE HARRY POTTER PARTY IDEAS
- Harry Potter wands: It’s not a party without the wands! These wands were literally FOUGHT over at the party. By the ADULTS. I still have people beg me to make them one.
- The FULL Harry Potter Party: Check out how it turned out!
- Harry Potter Photo Shoot: You know I couldn’t resist. Check this post for some great pose ideas for your little wizard.
- How to Make a Balloon Arch
HARRY POTTER FOOD IDEAS
- Hagrid Birthday Cake Recipe
- Butterbeer Cupcakes
- 2-Ingredient Butterbeer Fudge
- Adult Butterbeer Cocktail
- Frozen Butterbeer
HOW TO MAKE TIES WITH FELT
We decided that the best way for everyone to get a tie (and not fight over the best ones) was to write down each house name on a small piece of paper. We placed them into a cup. When everyone arrived at the party I had the guests form a line and they chose their house and wands. One little girl ,who came in full costume as Hermione Granger, was ecstatic when she picked Gryffindor.
It was meant to be.
- Print or draw out your template.
- Cut out each tie base.
- Cut strips, some thin some thicker, of coordinating color stripes.
- Glue with fabric glue across the base.
- Allow to try completely and trim the edges if needed.
- Using hot glue, secure the hair clip on the back towards the top of the tie.