I adore wreaths! I even have a Pinterest board titled “wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths!” with
50 54 pins :) Now, you would think that because I do adore them I might indeed have a new wreath every month. Well, I don’t wanna burst the bubble buuuuut…my Christmas wreath sat on my door well into March – HA! Finding the time to actually make a wreath is another story ;) So let’s start over – I adore THE IDEA OF wreaths! ;)
Special occasions do call for some wreaths though! I saw this tie wreath, where else but…you can take one big guess…wait for it…hehe – PINTEREST!!! Here’s the original idea, it’s from Good Housekeeping as an idea to repurpose dad’s old ties into a wreath for an Eco-Friendly Christmas wreath. Well, I can’t say that this wreath is really per se Christmasy, but it’s perfect for Father’s Day or in my case, a “little man birthday” party!
So, that was the inspiration for this:
I had no desire to repurpose the hubby’s ties (and well, he only owns like 3). Annnnd, I was of course in a time crunch (nothing like waiting until the night before ;), with no desire to run to Goodwill and buy up a bunch a 70’s printed old ties. So, I turned to paper! Annnnd, I of course didn’t have an extra wreath form lying around the house, buuuut I did have about 10 embroidery hoops (CIRCLES!) in the crafting pile of things “to-do” ;) So with a quick design in Photoshop, an embroidery hoop, some double stick tape, and some random black & white ribbon – I went to work.
I feel like in general, my best ideas & best work come in high stress situations…like waiting until the night before with only the tools I have in the house because it is 10pm and I’m just getting started & everything is closed kinda thing! So, I created this little tie & turned it into a wreath (I also used it for his happy birthday banner – dual purposes babee!).
I laid out all the pieces first to see how many I would need; I used 18. When I cut them out, I cut a little tab out on the top of each tie to sandwich in between the outer & inner hoop. I then put a piece of double stick tape on top of the tie & wrapped it around once. I did this all the way around – 18 times. Because it looked a little sparse, I decided to add some flare to it by knotting black & white ribbon between each tie (I used different lengths each time, anywhere from 3” to 5” (I kept it varied so it looked less symmetrical, and more sporadic). When I got to the end I really wanted to cover up the gold tightener at the top of the embroidery hoop. I didn’t want to put a huge ribbon on it or it would be turning into something more “girly” & less “little man”. Soooo, I quickly designed a little announcement label saying “Mister Man is turning ONE” :)
So here’s what you will need to make this “little man” wreath:
cardstock or heavyweight paper to print on.
the printables below (there are 4 ties to a sheet, so depending on the size of your embroidery hoop, print out the amount you need accordingly).
a 7”/17.8cm sized embroidery hoop (the great thing about the embroidery hoop is that it allows you to loosen & tighten as you go around).
double stick tape.
1/4” black & white ribbon.
some patience! ;)
And here are the printables (click on each button for a printable PDF file):
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