Well, this will come as no surprise, but my love of all things necktie continues. I’ve amassed a hefty collection from thrift stores and have posted one craft previously (DIY wine gift bags). And once I saw this necktie wreathe project in Good Housekeeping, I obviously had to try it for myself!
I knew that with my red front door, a festive July 4th wreath would be fun- so I decided to collect ties in patriotic colors and designs. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I ended up using a wire wreath frame and ultimately used 14 neckties in various widths. First step- I cut each of the ties at 15 inches long, starting at the wide end.
Thankfully, I had lots of safety pins on hand- and they are wonderfully handy for this project! Next step- carefully wrap (and wrap tightly) the 15” ties around the frame. First, attach the cut end around the frame and pin to itself; in the below photo, you are looking at the FRONT of the wreath frame.
Then, wrap the tie tightly around itself and pin it in place; in the below photo, you are looking at the BACK of the wreath frame.
And then you just do it again, overlapping ever-so-slightly with the next tie. Line it up so that the wide corners meet up nicely and pin together.
Break out the needle and thread once all the ties are wound about the frame. I stitched ties together in several places:
- Flap tips (tie-to-tie)
- Back of wrapped necktie ( on top of the frame back; tie-to-tie)
- Back of flap to wound tie (stitched to itself)
It really doesn’t take long to do and it’s possible you don’t need to do as much sewing- but it just made everything seem more secure. And of course, Cottonball had to help- and I HATE to do any sort of sewing near him. Too many dangerous, tempting elements- but I’m extra careful and always vacuum right after I’m done.
And there you have it! All the ties look like little patriotic pendants- making for a sweet, understated wreath to celebrate Independence Day.
And yes, I’ll be making more of these for various holidays.
So let me guess- now you’re going to look for neckties the next time you’re out thrifting, right? Well, there are usually no shortage of them at the shops, BUT I do have some recommendations:
- Stiff ties work best (i.e., ties with “body” so that the flap stays in place);
- Silk is always wonderful, but don’t pass up the much-teased-about polyester necktie. Why? See first bullet- poly ties are remarkably stiff;
- Hit various fashion eras- the different widths come in handy, not only for appearance but to help cover your entire wire wreath frame; and
- Never pay more than $1/necktie. You should be able to buy them for $0.25-$0.50 at thrift stores. More than that and you’re overpaying for something you’ll be cutting up.