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Make a Forest of Necktie Christmas Trees

Updated on June 29, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with an Upcycled Necktie Project

I love to reuse old neckties! The patterns are interesting, the silk is smoothly satisfying, and vintage ties are affordable and easy to find. Recently I set my mind to creating holiday decorations with a bunch of old men's neckties I've been collecting, and I'm pleased with the results. I want to share them with you in this "how-to" page.

This simple project takes very little time and uses very few supplies, and best of all, it costs hardly anything to make, because much of it is upcycled. Necktie Christmas trees make a beautiful decorations during the holidays that look like you spent a lot more time and money to make than you actually did.

I hope you have as much fun as I did creating these upcycled necktie Christmas trees! All photos on this page are my own.

Photo Tutorial - Upcycled Necktie Christmas Trees

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1) Gather your supplies. Cut the necktie at 10 inches from the widest point of the tie. Open the back seam. Remove tags and inside padding material.2) Start with one edge of the opened tie on the wider cone end, and use a thin bead of hot glue to fix the silk in place, all the way to the top.3) Roll the cone, pulling the silk tightly around it. Cut off the square corner, making sure you will still have enough to cover the cone.4) Run another thin bead of hot glue along the raw edge where you cut off the corner and fold it over, creating a simple hem.5) If needed, cover any cone that still shows with the silk corner. Use hot glue to fasten it in place. Pull the hemmed edge tight and glue it down.6) Working in small sections, run a line of hot glue along the inside of the cone, close to the edge. Smooth down a small section of silk over it.7) Repeat step 6 with all the silk ends until all excess silk is tucked tightly inside.8) Trim excess silk, leaving about 1" of fabric taller than the cone. Use a pen or other pointed object to tuck the silk into the cone's top hole.Note: If you use a foam cone, it is a little trickier to tuck it into place. Consider choosing a stick pin with a larger head to hide extra fabric.Your Necktie Christmas Tree is complete. Add decorations or let the silk be decoration enough. I used a corsage pin for the tree topper.Make a whole forest of Necktie Christmas Trees in no time. Once I got good at it, each tree was only taking me about 15 minutes to make.
1) Gather your supplies. Cut the necktie at 10 inches from the widest point of the tie. Open the back seam. Remove tags and inside padding material.
1) Gather your supplies. Cut the necktie at 10 inches from the widest point of the tie. Open the back seam. Remove tags and inside padding material.
2) Start with one edge of the opened tie on the wider cone end, and use a thin bead of hot glue to fix the silk in place, all the way to the top.
2) Start with one edge of the opened tie on the wider cone end, and use a thin bead of hot glue to fix the silk in place, all the way to the top.
3) Roll the cone, pulling the silk tightly around it. Cut off the square corner, making sure you will still have enough to cover the cone.
3) Roll the cone, pulling the silk tightly around it. Cut off the square corner, making sure you will still have enough to cover the cone.
4) Run another thin bead of hot glue along the raw edge where you cut off the corner and fold it over, creating a simple hem.
4) Run another thin bead of hot glue along the raw edge where you cut off the corner and fold it over, creating a simple hem.
5) If needed, cover any cone that still shows with the silk corner. Use hot glue to fasten it in place. Pull the hemmed edge tight and glue it down.
5) If needed, cover any cone that still shows with the silk corner. Use hot glue to fasten it in place. Pull the hemmed edge tight and glue it down.
6) Working in small sections, run a line of hot glue along the inside of the cone, close to the edge. Smooth down a small section of silk over it.
6) Working in small sections, run a line of hot glue along the inside of the cone, close to the edge. Smooth down a small section of silk over it.
7) Repeat step 6 with all the silk ends until all excess silk is tucked tightly inside.
7) Repeat step 6 with all the silk ends until all excess silk is tucked tightly inside.
8) Trim excess silk, leaving about 1" of fabric taller than the cone. Use a pen or other pointed object to tuck the silk into the cone's top hole.
8) Trim excess silk, leaving about 1" of fabric taller than the cone. Use a pen or other pointed object to tuck the silk into the cone's top hole.
Note: If you use a foam cone, it is a little trickier to tuck it into place. Consider choosing a stick pin with a larger head to hide extra fabric.
Note: If you use a foam cone, it is a little trickier to tuck it into place. Consider choosing a stick pin with a larger head to hide extra fabric.
Your Necktie Christmas Tree is complete. Add decorations or let the silk be decoration enough. I used a corsage pin for the tree topper.
Your Necktie Christmas Tree is complete. Add decorations or let the silk be decoration enough. I used a corsage pin for the tree topper.
Make a whole forest of Necktie Christmas Trees in no time. Once I got good at it, each tree was only taking me about 15 minutes to make.
Make a whole forest of Necktie Christmas Trees in no time. Once I got good at it, each tree was only taking me about 15 minutes to make.

Necktie Christmas Trees Project Shopping List

Surebonder GM-160 Mini High Temperature Glue Gun, 10-watt
Surebonder GM-160 Mini High Temperature Glue Gun, 10-watt

You don't need a high-powered hot glue gun for this (or most) craft projects. This is a great, compact gun that is my preferred style. Affordably priced and highly rated on Amazon, this is a great purchase for your basic craft needs.

 
Surebonder DT-25 Made in the USA All Purpose Stik Mini Glue Sticks-All Temperature-Clear-5/16" D, 4" L Glue Stick-25 sticks per Bag
Surebonder DT-25 Made in the USA All Purpose Stik Mini Glue Sticks-All Temperature-Clear-5/16" D, 4" L Glue Stick-25 sticks per Bag

Don't forget to order extra glue sticks! If you're going to make a forest of trees, you'll need them.

 
FloraCraft Styrofoam 2 Piece Cone 2.9 Inch x 5.8 Inch White
FloraCraft Styrofoam 2 Piece Cone 2.9 Inch x 5.8 Inch White

I used old yarn cones, but if you can't get your hands on any, these styrofoam cones are the same size and work just as well.

 

Note:

If you use a foam cone, it is a little trickier to get the top tucked into place, and you will likely want to choose a topper with a large head to hide extra fabric.

Christmas Angel Puffy Cupcake Picks 12 Pack
Christmas Angel Puffy Cupcake Picks 12 Pack

The gold shine on this cute angel will look great with the shimmer of silk.

 
Galaxy Jewel Pick
Galaxy Jewel Pick

Corsage pins work great to hold the tops of your necktie in place and cover any loose edges at the top. I love this pattern, but click on the picture to see more decorative corsage pins to match your silk patterns

 
Singer Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins, 120-Count
Singer Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins, 120-Count

Use these straight pins to simulate ornames on your tree by sticking them straight into the cone all over the tree. A beautiful accent!

 

What do you think of this simple idea for upcycling men's neckties?

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