As promised, today I have the DIY on how to repurpose old neckties and make a Silk Tie Wreath. I recommend you scout second-hand stores for ties, and when you do, be sure to pick up extras so you can also make the Silk Tie Topiary I shared earlier this week. Many thanks to Taffie who commented that she was going to make the topiary from Christmas ties – I love this idea! You could do the same and make the Silk Tie Wreath from Christmas ties. And your list of projects might grow when you see a few of the other crafts and décor make with old ties that I’ve included, too.
To make a Men’s Silk Tie Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Silk neckties, one dozen
- Iron-on interfacing, lightweight, ¼ yd., preferably in a dark color
- Ribbon, 4” (for hanger)
- Small sawtooth hanger and nails
- Yes! Paste or other craft paste
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; iron; sharp pencil; ruler; sharp knife or putty knife; straight pins; needle & thread
To make a Men’s Silk Tie Wreath:
1. Cut a 7” length from the narrow end of a tie, including the point. Save the remaining silk for another project.
2. Clip the threads that hold the tie together at the back and open up the tie. Remove the liner from inside the tie. Iron the tie flat using the silk setting on your iron, keeping the point intact, if possible. If a point comes undone, slipstitch it together again.
3. Line up the point of the pattern with the point on the narrow end of tie, and then cut out the pattern piece. Repeat, cutting out 12 tie pieces.
4. Using pattern, cut 12 pieces from batting.
5. Place the batting pattern on the wreath, and using a ruler and a sharp pencil, score a line on either side of the pattern. Repeat, using the batting pattern to mark 12 even segments all around the wreath. Score these lines with a sharp pencil.
6. Working on one segment at a time, spread paste or a thick, white craft glue on one section. Center batting over paste with point extending beyond the wreath and adhere. Continue till you’ve added all 12 pieces of batting.
7. Center a tie piece over a section of batting; the tie should extend 1/4″ beyond the batting on either side. You are now going to tuck the edges of the tie into the scored grooves. Position the tip of a sharp knife or putty knife over the fabric piece and the scored line, and gently push straight down into the groove, tucking the fabric in place. Repeat for the other side of the fabric piece.
8. Tuck the remaining 11 tie fabric pieces into the wreath in the same way.
9. Fold over the excess tie fabric on the inside edge onto the back of the wreath and secure with glue and straight pins.
10. Use paste to attach the points on the ties to the points on the batting. Trim away excess batting.
11. Tie ribbon in a loop, and pin and glue knot to the back for a hanger.
12. To make the optional bow: Select one of the leftover ties, clip the threads in back and iron flat. Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of fabric. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew a 1/4″ seam. Turn the tube right side out and whip stitch ends closed. Tie the silk strip in a bow and pin and glue to the wreath.
13. To make the optional fabric roses:
- Cut a 1-1/2” to 2-1/4” wide x 8” strip of silk. (The wider the strip, the larger the rose.)
- Fold fabric strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing out.
- Hand stitch cut edges together, gathering slightly as you sew.
- Fold down the top corner at one end to create the center of the rose.
- Roll the gathered strip of fabric around the folded corner and sew the base of the flower together as you roll the fabric into a rose.
- Fold the outside end corner over and stitch it down to the base of the rose.
- Repeat, till you have the sizes and numbers of roses you’d like to use.
- Pin the roses onto the wreath around the bow.
Here are a few more reasons to scout around for discarded neckties.
Has this week has inspired you to try repurposing old ties to make something beautiful?