Fly Tie on the 4th of July!

Fly Tie on the 4th of July!

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.

Red White Blue Patriotic neckties from thrift store / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m not hoarding ties, I promise! Well, maybe a little…

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.

Red White Blue Patriotic neckties from thrift store / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ya’ll know I’m saving the skinny ends for another project, right?

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.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Commence wrapping…now!

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.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

You’re a wrap star!

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.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Tie # 1 needed a friend. (Back of frame)

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Front of frame.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now it’s a tie party!

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.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crafting Apprentice, just hanging out.

And there you have it! All the ties look like little patriotic pendants- making for a sweet, understated wreath to celebrate Independence Day.

Creating a DIY patriotic July 4th wreath with repurposed thrift store neckties in red white and blue by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

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.

Craft on!

S


 

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Comments

  1. Hi Sarah! I just absolutely love this!!! Pinned and if you have time, would love you to share this at Best of the Weekend tonight. Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Love, love, love this! Pinning!

  3. I love this! Great repurpose! Very original!

  4. How fun is this?! I love your festive tie wreath! XO

  5. This is so cute. I am thinking of having a little man birthday party for my son’s 1st birthday and we all are going to wear ties. This would be something cute to place on the door. Thanks for the idea and for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  6. love this! so unique and fun! Would be great year round, just swap or add some colors but love the colors in this one. Thanks for sharing with us Sarah!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I have already been thinking of an autumn-colored one…and a Christmas-y one… 😉

  7. Cute wreath! I’ve never thought of using ties for a wreath other than a Father’s Day Wreath, but this is great! Pinning!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You’re right, I think the original idea was to use it for Father’s Day…but there are SO MANY theme/holiday opportunities with it! 🙂

  8. I’ve already pinned this wreath before you linked up 🙂 and it’s one of my favorites so far. Thanks so much for sharing it on Merry Monday.

  9. The Domestic Curator says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! It’s the best patriotic craft I’ve seen this year! Pinned already! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday. I’ll be giving you a shout-out on my Facebook page today here – https://www.facebook.com/KnickofTime

  11. This is such a great idea! Love it!

  12. This is a great idea – I always see a ton of ties at the thrift store. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Best of the Weekend Party!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you! And yes, I’ve amassed quite a tie collection…so I suspect there will be more color-holiday-themed wreathes in my future!! 🙂

  13. This is so, so, so cute! I may have to try it for a different holiday or fall! Visiting from Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Becky!! We think alike…I plan on doing other seasonal/color themed ones…it’s just too darned cute not to try! 🙂

  14. Love this idea. With ties of different colors I’m sure you can make similar wreathes for any season.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You read my mind, Teresa!! I’m already planning an autumn-colored one…and a Christmas-y one… 😉

  15. Cute idea. My father passed away 7 years ago but he was known for his ties. I made a kissing ball out of them one year for Christmas but I like this one too. Late for today but there’s always Labor Day and Memorial Day and next year. Happy Fourth!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hopefully you still have some of his ties left, Patti- there are lots of wonderful crafting options for them…

  16. Hi there–I’m new here. Just love this idea for the Fourth! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Cecilia

  17. Hopping over from Best of the Weekend and I just LOVE this wreath! Very neat idea. Itd be great for Father’s day too, or any “manly” holiday I guess. haha.

  18. How cute is that? I like, great job.

  19. I love this. You could so make one for any holiday, season or a favorite sport.

  20. nancy baker says:

    I just love the Wreath ties

  21. vmorgan456 says:

    Great idea for reusing ties! You know our cat does the same thing any time we are crafting. I believe they want the attention. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  22. This is really unique. I can’t make wreaths to save my life, all that “in and out” and “push through here” and “tug there” and “loop here.” Phooey! This however, this I could actually make.

  23. This is such a cute idea for Father’s Day!

  24. Diana Rambles says:

    That is very cool!!

  25. I love this. How clever!

  26. LOVE this idea! So fun if you have some that are slightly damaged or even if you find some at a thrift store. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  27. This is absolutely fabulous. I can’t wait to start collecting thrift store ties so I can make one. I’d like to invite you to share your projects on The Inspiration Board at my blog homework. I’ve been hosting my party for over 4 years and it’s going strong. I would love for you to add me to your link party list. http://www.carolynshomework.com/2015/05/the-inspiration-board-creative-party_26.html
    carolyn : homework

  28. Hi Sarah! Thank you for linking up your awesome neck tie wreath to Inspiration Monday Party! I have chosen it as my favorite this week and will be featuring it all day today at our party and on Facebook. Julie redheadcandecorae.com (I love your kitty, too!!)

  29. What a great DIY! I want to try this because I just love wreaths. Pinned it to my Pinterest board “I Love Wreaths”. I have a large tote I bought on Etsy that has a tie as the handle and one for the pocket, stitched on like your wreath (it’s a small pocket!).

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