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1305-4 Australia
Aboriginal Punched Bolo Tie/Coaster

Designed by Cindy Gorder

Punched paper dots are the paint for this original bolo tie. Learn some of the Aboriginal symbols such as concentric circles for campsites or waterholes: straight lines for routes between places: wavy lines for rain or water; “U” shapes for sitting people, and tracks for animal footprints. Also, animals are shown from above, plants are stylized and dotted backgrounds are traditional.

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like
wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts
Math – e.g. measuring

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour

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Main supplies:

  • Rexlace® plastic lacing
  • Construction paper – black and assorted colors
  • Foam sheet – black
  • Pony beads – assorted colors
  • Elmer’s® Repositionable Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s® Galactic Glue Blue


Australia Bolo Tie Pattern (PDF)

Basic Supplies:

  • Masking tape
  • Safety pins
  • Compass
  • Hole punch
  • Tweezer
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Bolo tips and slide


1. Cut a 4” circle from black construction paper using a pattern or compass.
2.  Use the punch and scissors to make lots of colored shapes from the colored construction papers.
3.  Apply glue to small areas of the paper circle then carefully apply the punched paper shapes to make the mosaic. Start your mosaic with four yellow ovals to make the dog’s feet, then work up the legs then the body and head. Fill in the ground and sky last.
4.  Optional: when your mosaic is complete and the glue has dried, glue the paper circle to the foam circle. Weight with a couple of books until it dries. Brush a coating of Galactic Glue over the finished mosaic to make it a coaster with a sparkling finish.
5.  For Bolo Tie: Glue the bolo slide to the back of the circle then thread the plastic lacing through the slide.
6.  Slide an equal number of beads onto the ends of the plastic lacing then knot the ends. Add metal tips over the knots at the end of the lacing.

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