Celebrate It! - 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try (Part 5)
The Perfect Time of Year for a Memory
Every season holds a different appeal for us, and we are especially nostalgic at certain times of the year, such as Christmas time with so many fond memories of family getting togethers and springtime when everything is coming alive again after so many months. So seasonal craft projects are the perfect use for materials that we might be a bit nostalgic about anyway.
I have been collecting and curating ideas for months now for ways to use neckties, and I plan to create some items from some of my Dad's collection for the members of my family. On this page, you will find a plethora of creative and crafty ideas for seasonal projects with men's neckties. I hope you find a few you want to try.
The one pictured here is one of my own creations. Learn how to make a "Forest of Christmas Trees" .
Know Your Ties
If we are shopping for used and vintage ties for projects, it can be helpful to know what we are buying. We may not want to craft with collectibles. Here are a couple of guides to teach about the history, trends, and collectability these silken treasures through the decades.
What season of the year would you craft for?
What season of the year would you craft for?
Christmas Project Tutorials
This simple wreath from Mish Mash Mom is created with a wreath base, ties, and hot glue. I love how easy it is to put together, but it looks clean and neat and like you spent hours on it. It could be a Christmas Wreath, but why stop there? Choose patterns and combinations appropriate for any holiday or season.
Here's another take on the above wreath, and it is the Topiary that has my eyes glittering with holiday spirit. I can't wait to try this project from Stephanie Lynn!! Detailed instructions are included on the tutorial page.
Make a Christmas Tree Skirt like this beautiful one from Tina & Joe on Flickr. I have yet to find a good tutorial for creating a tree skirt, and I will add it here if I find one (or maybe I will have to do my own). Start collecting now to be ready for the holidays!
A Crazy-Quilted Stocking from Angela Burris on Flickr will get our creative juices flowing...
Or top your tree with this sweet Necktie Angel from Bluebonnet Village. Such a sweet and serene way to decorate the very top of the Christmas tree!
This Silk Rose was the first necktie project I tried, and I loved doing it. You will need a tie and some hot glue and a little practice. Then make as many as you like out of the much-loved patterns you have. Then give the bouquet to that special someone to show your love on Valentine's Day. Create a bouquet, use it as a gift topper, or make it as as a pin like the instructions suggest.
Spring & Summer
In addition to the technique pictured to the right, here is another set of instructions for Silk-Dyed Eggs from Our Best Bites if it helps you to see another way of doing it. The two tutorials are a bit different in wrapping strategies and what they need to be boiled in, so give them both a read and decide which one works best for you. The most important thing seems to be the use of 100% silk.
ToolGirl Mag Ruffman makes bowls from a range of patterns and gives clear, step-by-step instructions on how you can do it too. I would love to see a handle added to one of these so it can be used as an Easter Basket.
The Best Necktie Craft Book Out There
Nearly 100 pages of project ideas including Christmas tree skirts and stockings, this is the best book out there to get your upcycled craft juices flowing. Projects range from the practical to the heirloom creation... all are beautiful! I highly recommend this book for great tutorials and even better ideas.
Either of these flowers could be made into an accessory, a gift topper, a decoration for an upcycled wreath, or oh so many things.
In Skitzo Leezra Studio''s blog where I found this tutorial, she has it as a beautiful accent for a wreath, but do not hesitate to use it as a clever gift topper, holiday decoration or for any other space where you need to smile. Just change up the necktie patterns you use for the look or season you are celebrating. Check out the instructions for this 6-Petal Flower. You'll love it!
and other Fall Craft Projects
Autumn just got even more colorful!! If you want to get your kids involved in seasonal upcycling, this Scarecrow a great fall project for kids. He's not very scary... unless you choose a "scary" tie!
I desperately want to see someone take this wonderful video from Quilting Tutorials into a giant Necktie Turkey. The Dresden Turkey pattern looks easy enough to follow and the shape of the tail feathers is exactly the shape of the end of a tie. My sewing skills are limited, but this one may be on my to-do list.
More Project Ideas
I hope you loved these 20 ideas for seasonal projects. For more inspiration with other necktie craft projects, visit the other 5 parts of 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try