Another use for old silk ties: DIY Silk Tie Deco Spheres

Today I have another elegant yet easy DIY project to add a little spark to your winter decor – Silk Tie Deco Spheres. If raiding your closets doesn’t turn up any old ties, you’ll find them in second-hand store. These stylish spheres are as beautiful as the Ribbon & Bead Deco Spheres I shared earlier this week. You can easily adapt both of these designs to your own home and style, depending on the colors and materials you use.

Old, silk ties are too pretty to go to waste -- DIY Deco Spheres with them. has the DIY.

To make Silk Tie Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Silk ties, about three ties per ball
  • Satin ribbon, 5/16”, in a coordinating color
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins; iron and ironing board

To make Silk Tie Deco Spheres:

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. You’ll need to prep three ties for each ball.

2. Cut the ties into 1” strips. The 1” strips will be different lengths, and that’s o.k. Save them all because you may need them.

3. Pin and glue the end of one strip to a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap the fabric strip around the foam ball, keeping the fabric smooth and crisscrossing to cover as much of the ball as possible. Pin and glue the end of the fabric strip to the ball.

Beautiful detail from Deco Spheres made with old silk ties.

Choose your ties to suit your style, from bold to neutral.

4. To start the next strip, pin and glue the ends of the next fabric strip under the fabric already on the ball. Wrap the second strip in a different direction around the ball. Pin and glue the end so that it’s covered by the fabric already wrapped around the ball.

5. Continue winding fabric strips around the ball until the ball is completely covered, and you like the design you’ve created.

6. Add accents with satin ribbon. Wrap satin ribbon around the ball, pinning and gluing the ends underneath the tie fabric.

When collecting old ties, you might want to pick up extras and DIY a Recycled Tie Wreath. Kathleen shared these wreaths with us last year.

Recycle men's ties to make this dazzling wreath.

Recycled Tie Wreath by Kathleen George.

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round.

Choose your palette to suit your decor or the season.

So pretty, and made with old ties! Love!

How and where would you display these Recycled Tie Deco Spheres?

Why wait for spring to freshen things up – dive in right now and add a new splash to your home. How would you display these Deco Spheres?

Happy crafting!



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12 Responses to Another use for old silk ties: DIY Silk Tie Deco Spheres

  1. Rose Weaver says:

    Love these ideas the wreaths

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Isn’t it inspiring to see how Kathleen transformed discarded ties into beautiful decor for the home? I hope you give these a try. Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. CraftyB says:

    Ingenious!! Every man has extra ties lying around and I think these balls would add a pop of color and pattern to our mantel! Thanks for sharing,

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely! There are so many ways to display these Deco Spheres. You could use different sizes of balls, too, and then pile them in a glass vase or bowl for your mantel or a table. Craft on! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Neat idea. I could use the ties my daughter wore for work.

    • Sharon says:

      If you turned their old ties into pretty wreaths for their doors, they would love it, don’t you think? Or would they prefer the Deco Spheres? That’s awesome that you have ties at the ready for this project! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. So cool! And the one by K.George is patriotic, it!

  5. Angie says:

    Love the roses on the tie wreaths! They look so elegant. You have my creative juices flowing. If you do not have the silk ties at home, I think that shopping at Goodwill or Salvation Army second hand stores would have availability. This is also a craft item for all ages. Small children would need assistance with cutting the fabric. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      I would totally shop second-hand stores for these ties. I just saw a bunch at my local Goodwill store and I’m sorry now that I didn’t pick up a handful . . . I’ve a new idea brewing and I may need to go back and grab some old silk ties! Thanks for your lovely ideas! Sharon

  6. These are so unique! I love that you can make them to fit your style and they wouldn’t cost too much to make a bunch of them to put in a bowl to display or on glass candlesticks for a touch of elegance! You could do some to resemble soccer, basketball or baseballs if you have a sports lover or as a checkered flag if racing is the sport of choice in your home!
    You could create a mobile for a baby’s room using lighter colors or hang a few at different lengths in a window! Maybe even hang a crystal off the bottom of them to add a little sparkle to a set to hang in your window!
    So many different ways to make these your own!! y mind is racing with tons of ideas now! LOL
    Thanks for even ore inspiration! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      Ooh, I like your idea of dangling a crystal from these balls — that would be beautiful and elegant. And it would add sparkle whether it’s hanging in a window or on a Christmas tree. I love a lot of these ideas, thank you. With so many ideas running through your mind, it sounds like you have a crafty weekend ahead! Enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Day! Sharon

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