Last-minute décor and gift idea made from men’s silk ties

Yikes! Did someone spill soup on a beautiful silk tie? Repurpose that tie and craft a collection of Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments. (For more repurposed Christmas decor, see yesterday’s tutorial where we recycled sweaters to make Christmas ornaments.) These beautiful silk ornaments are a fast DIY project and you can make multiples quickly (hello, handmade gift idea!). Don’t have any silk ties on hand? Second-hand stores usually have a great selection.

how to make Christmas ornaments from silk ties

Kathleen George fashioned this collection of Recycled Tie Ornaments using lighter, pastel shades. You could even display these for Easter!

how to repurpose silk ties to make Christmas ornaments

Rich, red ties are perfect for Christmas time. To make this variation, read the additional steps at the end of the first tutorial.

To make a Recycled Tie Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
  • Necktie
  • Ribbon
  • Nylon monofilament (this is for the hanger; you could use ribbon instead)
  • Twist tie
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; wood skewer; scissors

To make a Recycled Tie Ornament:

NOTE: This tutorial is for the pastel collection of Recycled Tie Ornaments. I’ve included the additional steps needed to create the Red Recycled Tie Ornaments at the end of this tutorial.

1. Using the pencil tip, make a 1/2″-deep hole in the center of the wide end of the foam egg.

how to repurpose silk ties to make ornaments

I think velvet ribbons would be pretty on these, too.

2. Carefully open the wide end of necktie. (Note: Sometimes the back of a tie is sewn to a liner where the tie overlaps. If this is the case, snip the thread, remove the liner, and stitch or glue the tie back together.)

3. Place the egg, wide end first, into the tie and slide it down till it’s covered. Gather the tie at the wide end and trim away fabric, leaving a 1-1/2” tail.

4. Carefully open the cut end of the tie, and place glue in the hole. Using the wooden skewer, push the excess fabric into the hole. Keep the fabric smooth around the egg as you tuck.

5. Tie a 6″ length of nylon monofilament into a loop. Add a dab of glue on the narrow end of the egg and place the knot on the glue. Push the knot into the egg with the skewer. (You could also use ribbon for the hanger.)

6. Tightly gather the tie at the narrow end of the egg and secure it with a twist tie. Be sure the hanging loop still hangs free.

7. Tie a ribbon around the twist tie. Tie a multi-loop bow in a 20” length of ribbon and glue in place.

how to make Christmas ornaments from old silk ties

Add a little crystal for holiday dazzle.

The Red Recycled Tie Ornaments are very similar with just a few tweaks. To make this version, you’ll also need:

Additional materials: Jump ring; crystal or other bead; jewelry pliers; needle & thread.

1. Follow Steps 1 – 4 above.

2. Tightly gather the tie around the narrow end of the egg using needle & thread.

3. Thread a crystal or other bead onto the jump ring. Stitch the jump ring onto the tie at the end of the egg.

4. Tie a knot in 8” length of ribbon, creating hanger. Tie a multi-loop bow in a 20” length of ribbon. Glue hanger and bow to the top of the ornament.

Wait till you see tomorrow’s repurposed Christmas décor. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s in a beautiful, celebrity home.

In the meantime, today is the last day you can enter to win the book Dessert Bouquets. I’ll draw the winner after midnight today. Good luck!

Happy Christmas crafting!



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2 Responses to Last-minute décor and gift idea made from men’s silk ties

  1. Tammy says:

    Thank You
    I have been trying to figure out how I would make my grandfather’s neck ties into family keepsake ornaments. You are amazing

    • Sharon says:

      I love your idea, Tammy. What a beautiful keepsake you’ll have. I hope you’ll share a photo when you’re done — you could post it on our Facebook page @CraftsnCoffee. Happy crafting! Sharon

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