Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas (or year-round)

I have lots of photos today because I am showing off two dazzling and elegant Recycled Tie Wreaths made by Kathleen George. Kathleen’s first wreath is in rich shades of reds, perfect for Christmas. She shares a second Recycled Tie Wreath in more subdued, year-round hues of blue. Kathleen scouted second-hand stores for her stash of silk ties, which is a beautiful way to build a collection of precious silk fabric. If you’re looking for a special, handmade gift idea, a Recycled Tie Wreath is the answer!

Gorgeous! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round. CraftsnCoffee.com.

These Recycled Tie Wreaths are easy enough that you can make them for a special, handmade gift.

Recycle men's ties to make this dazzling wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Choose your color palette for the season.

To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath (Kathleen used a wreath with a curved front and flat back)
  • Neckties, 6 – 8 in coordinating colors and patterns
  • Fusible, double-sided interfacing
  • Ribbon, ½” x 4”
  • Thread, coordinating color
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; iron and ironing board; ruler; craft pins; sewing needle; optional: rotary cutter and mat

To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses:

1. Prep the ties to maximize the useable fabric: Clip the threads that hold the ties together in the back and spread out the fabric. Cut away the tie liners. Iron the ties to remove the creases.

2. Cut the ties into 1” strips.

How to make beautiful wreaths from old silk ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The mix of fabrics and patterns add rich contrast.

3. Pin and glue the end of a fabric strip to the back of the wreath, and wrap it around the wreath, pinning and gluing the other end to the back. Continue wrapping the wreath, alternating contrasting patterns and colors as you go. Wrap and overlap your strips at random, creating interesting patterns and contrast.

4. Knot together the ends of a 4” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

How to make rolled roses for a Recycled Silk Tie Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The rolled roses, also made from old ties, dress up the wreaths.

5. Make the fabric roses:

  • For each rose, cut a strip of tie fabric that’s 1-1/2” – 2-1/4” wide and 8” long.
  • Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right side of the fabric facing out.
  • Hand-stitch the cut edges together, gathering slightly as you sew.
  • Fold the top corner of one end of the strip down 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 continue rolling the fabric into a rose shape.
  • Fold the outside end corner over and stitch it down to the base of the rose.

6. Make the leaves:

  • Sandwich a square of fusible interfacing between two, 1-1/2” squares of silk tie fabric; be sure the right sides of fabric are facing out. Following the instructions on the interfacing, fuse the fabrics together.
  • Cut a leaf from the fused fabric.
  • Stitch a running stitch across the stem end to gather and shape the leaf.
  • Repeat for additional leaves.
So elegant! Made with old, silk ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The silk fabric in men’s ties is too precious to toss!

7. Arrange the roses and leaves on your wreath, and glue and pin them to the wreath.

8. Optional: Fuse together two 1” strips to create ribbon tails. Pin and glue to the wreath.

Aren’t they beautiful? Do you have a favorite?

Gorgeous wreaths made with old silk ties. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I can’t pick a favorite, can you?

If you have any ties leftover, you can make a few Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments, too.


Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Merry Christmas Crafting.


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15 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas (or year-round)

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  2. Reblogged this on divadiversion and commented:
    These are fabulous! Beautiful presentation and an easy to follow tutorial.

  3. lifeamongtheflowers says:

    They are beautiful!!

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  5. LisaM6 says:

    Those are too cute. Love the flowers. The ornaments could be personalized with tie pins or initials. Great tut!

    • Sharon says:

      Oooh, I love your idea to personalize these, and adding a tie pin or tie! Sharon tack is so clever. These projects could become very special, heirloom crafts! Thanks for the ideas

  6. Oh wow !! Love them❤️

  7. Whoda thunk? A tie wreath that looks so gorgeous!! LOVE both off them but the more subdued one in blues really touches my heart! The ornaments are also quite awesome!! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m glad you like it! I think you could find all sorts of patterns and designs, don’t you? You can even use exclusively Christmas ties. Thanks so much. Sharon

  8. These wreaths are really beautiful! Ties come in such gorgeous fabrics, don’t they?

    • Sharon says:

      I agree with you — the fabrics are gorgeous! Why not repurpose them and make a wreath you can admire everyday? Do you have a stash you can use? Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Becca Christensen says:

    Now I know what I am going to do with all the silk ties I kept for a future projects. Thanks for all the ideas.

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