Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Upcycled Necktie Scrap Wreath

I use my extensive stash of thrifted men's neckties to make lots of fun things...ornaments, necklaces, hair pretties, brooches...As a result, I have lots of scraps left over. Some are large pieces, some just a few inches long. I decided to wrap them onto a wreath form to see what happened...I didn't have a particular style or pattern or heck...even an idea. Just wreath+tie scraps=who knows what :) Oh, and I didn't want to buy *anything* to do this. So I only used what I had on hand.

A 10-inch styrofoam wreath form.

Some soft, white cotton felt/batting cut into strips for wrapping around the wreath form.

I used Aleene's Foamtastic glue to hold the cotton in place, and 2 straight pins just at the very beginning to make it secure since the glue needed time to dry...and I'm impatient.

I wrapped the entire wreath in the cotton, partially to fully cover the styrofoam and partially because I knew I'd be hot gluing the tie scraps and didn't want to melt the wreath form.

Then I broke out my brand-spankin'-new zebra-print glue gun...

Picked out some random scraps left from the neckties and trimmed them with pinking shears...

...and started attaching the scraps. All of mine were pretty short, so I couldn't wrap more than once with each piece. I just secured the pieces on the back side with hot glue.

As I was close to finishing, I noticed that it didn't seem 'finished' to it was missing something. So I finished with the tie scraps...

...and cut some 2.5 inch wide brown satin ribbon in half with my pinking shears to wind around the wreath.

I just twisted it loosely and randomly and spaced it out so you could still see all of the different textures and patterns of the ties...

...then decided everything is better with a rosette so I made one from the remaining ribbon and a tie scrap and attached it with my super cool zebra print glue gun and...

..ta-da! Scrappy tie wreath!

It doesn't yet have a "home" but I'm very pleased with the result! What do you think?

I would really love to get a larger wreath form, one of the plastic-covered straw ones, and use several different ties in their entirety to cover the wreath...maybe I can do that next week? :)

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  1. I love this. Using the ties is so original. By the way, that glue gun is fabulous!

  2. So neat!! Thanks for linking up :)

  3. What a great way to reuse fabric pieces!!


  4. Fun! I love inventing my own new crafts haha!

  5. Oh my goodness, do I love the zebra print glue gun, ha! :-) Very cute wreath!

  6. GENIUS!!!! I love the patterns you chose! Awesome use for thrifted ties!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Oooh, I like that! I have a bunch of neckties and this would be the perfect project for them!

  8. This wreath is great! My husband has so many neckties, and I could only think of making stuffed snakes for the my daughters. This wreath is a great idea, though. Very fancy looking. And, the rosette! I'm wondering if the rosettes are easy to make.

  9. How creative and fun. Thanks for becoming a follower on my blog! I'm hosting a great giveaway--all you have to do to enter is stop by & leave a comment on the giveaway post. My fingers are crossed for you.

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. Who would have thought that men's ties would make such an awesome wreath. What a great idea!

  11. Thanks for linking up :).
    I love your glue gun!


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