DIY Patriotic Wreath with Cheap Neckties

DIY Patriotic Wreath with Cheap Neckties

I’ve amassed a hefty collection of cheap neckties from thrift stores and have posted one tie craft previously (DIY wine gift bags). And once I saw this necktie wreath project in Good Housekeeping, I obviously had to try it for myself! And for extra fun, I decided to use novelty ties in red, white, and blue to make a DIY patriotic wreath.

Cheap neckties and novelty ties from the thrift store

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve upcycled some neckties from the thrift store. Remember these wine gift bags that I made?

Wine gift bag from a button down shirt

This project, however, is obviously very different. And once I had the cheap neckties from various thrift stores in hand, I gathered a few wreath making supplies and got to work!

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Necktie Crafts

First, I cut each patriotic necktie to a 15″ length, leaving the wide, pointed end in place. In other words, I cut off the narrow end of the tie.

Tie craft with cheap neckties in red white and blue

Then, using a standard-sized wire wreath form from the craft store, I attached the cut end around the frame and pinned to itself with a safety pin.

In the below photo, you are looking at the FRONT of the wreath frame.

Crafts with used ties to make a patriotic wreath

Next, I wrapped the necktie tightly around itself so that about 2″-3″ of necktie pointed out from the edge of the wreath frame. Then, I simply pinned it in place with small safety pins.

In the below photo, you are looking at the BACK of the wreath frame.

Cheap ties to be repurposed into a red white and blue wreath

And here it is from the FRONT of the wreath frame.

Wrapping the first necktie to make a tie wreath

Then, I did the same thing again, overlapping ever-so-slightly with the next necktie.

I lined it up so that the wide corners touched and I could, again, pin them together.

Cheap neckties that are wrapped around a wreath form

Here’s how it looked from the front. And don’t worry – those safety pins will disappear in a moment.

Making a patriotic wreath with cheap ties or used ties

DIY Patriotic Wreath with Cheap Neckties

Then, I just kept going around the patriotic wreath with the used ties.

Red white and blue wreath with novelty ties from the thrift store

When the entire wreath form was covered, I got out a needle and thread to add quick stitches to the following spots:

  • Corners of neighboring neckties;
  • Back of wrapped neckties (on top of the frame back; neighboring ties)
  • Back of flap to wound tie (stitched to itself).

It didn’t take long to do and it’s possible you don’t need to add the stitches, but it just made everything seem more secure. 

And of course, Cottonball had to help, which always makes me nervous when I’m sewing around him.

Tie craft for a patriotic door wreath

And if you remember, my sewing nerves around kitties inspired me to create this hidden pincushion project!

Once I had added all the neckties to my DIY patriotic wreath, I tied a loop of red ribbon to the wire frame in the back. It looked marvelous on our red front door!

diy patriotic wreath

So let me guess- now you’re going to look for cheap 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 for a tie wreath like this:

  • 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. More than that and you’re overpaying for something you’ll be cutting up.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for patriotic decor, then you’ll love this collection of repurposing projects in red, white, and blue!

upcycling ideas for patriotic decor

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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!

  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

  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 –

  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!

  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!

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

  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!

  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.
    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 (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!).

  30. charleneasay1 says

    What a super classy wreath. This looks great on your red front door. I would like to invite you to link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Sunday- Wednesday. Check us out

  31. Sadie! That is so creative!! What a cute patriotic wreath!! Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!! 🙂

  32. Such a cool use of ties! Love it! Stopping by from Your Gonna Love It Tuesdays LU 🙂

  33. How cute! Love your supervisor!:)

  34. Love your tie wreath. What a great idea.

  35. Super cute and creative! Pinned:)
    Thanks for joining us at TOHOT!

  36. Super Cute!

  37. Sarah, this is so creative and makes such a unique wreath! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. I’d love for you to add this to our Celebrate the USA Party, too.

  38. Sarah, I’ve seen the same post in Good Housekeeping & have been wanting to try it. I think your post is more detailed though. Love the wreath!

  39. What a cool idea. Love your necktie wreath. I love the patriotic colours. Thanks for the great tutorial. Just visiting your lovely blog via Sweet Inspiration.

  40. What a super cute idea…I absolutely love it! You’re so creative to think of something like this!

  41. very creative idea to re-purpose old neckties. thanks for sharing.

  42. This is cute! What a great way to reuse ties!

  43. This is so cool Sarah! Also, using the safety pins to attach them is easy and fuss free! Super!

  44. I love this idea and now I will have to start checking the necktie aisle when I go thrift store shopping. How right you are that you can do one for every holiday and then some.

  45. That is adorable!! What a great idea for Father’s Day!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  46. I love how your tie wreath turned out. Perfect for the 4th! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Have a great week ahead. Pinned & shared.

  47. What a fun wreath – somany old ties out there, right?!!

    Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday!


  48. Loved it! It is perfect!!! The tie colors are all so different…but go together so well:) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for June!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

  49. Oh this is such a cute idea! 🙂

    I would love for you to add this to my Recipes and Crafts Facebook Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  50. How about that, a necktie for a wreath! Very original.
    Just dropping by from Pin Junkie Pin party 😀

  51. What a great idea for a wreath! I love it! And you have a very cute apprentice! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

  52. A great tie repurpose project. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  53. What a great way to repurpose old ties! And your helper is adorable!
    Thanks for linking up at Peace Love Linkup! Our next party starts tomorrow at 6, so stop on by and share some more great content! Hope to see you there! : )

  54. Your Crafting Apprentice is adorable!

  55. Joanne McFadden says

    I was wonder what size wire wreath you used for yours?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Joanne- Unfortunately, I’m not sure. This blog post was published 8 years ago and I just don’t recall- I’m so sorry I’m unable to help!

  56. Sue at Blu says

    These colors!!! My new fav project! Pinned!

  57. I like the tie wrdath. I would add large bow tie and maybe some greenery.


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