Repurpose Ugly Neckties Into Beautiful Christmas Ornaments

Judy Tosh
by Judy Tosh
4 Materials
30 Minutes
This simple and easy project will turn those ugly neckties that every father has in their closet into beautiful and elegant Christmas ornaments. I was inspired to do this project when I saw sweater ornaments on Pinterest made with embroidery hoops.
Gather your supplies: 3" wooden embroidery hoop, necktie, and embellishments.
Remove stitching
Turn the tie over and remove the stitching to open up the tie. To make it more manageable, you can iron your tie flat using the rayon/silk setting with a little steam. Optional: you can remove the white interfacing or you can use it as part of the ornament but it will add bulk.
Encase the fabric in the hoop
Loosen the hardware on the outer hoop and remove the inner hoop. Turn the tie over to the right side. Select an area of the tie that you want to use and put the inner hoop under that area of the tie. Put the outer hoop with the hardware over the inner hoop to encase the fabric. Tighten the screw on the outer hoop to secure the fabric in place. Pull on the excess fabric to pull the fabric taut. Tighten the screw some more if needed. Turn the tie over to the wrong side and cut away the excess fabric as close to the hoop as possible.
Backside of the ornament
Clean up the excess fabric from the backside of the ornament as much as possible. Optional: you can spread some glue around the seam of the hoop to secure the fabric in the hoop or even add some lace.
Front side of the ornament
I decided not to add lace to my ornament. This is the front side once the fabric is taut and excess fabric removed.
Add embellishment
Carefully add your embellishments. Don't push to hard on the fabric so the fabric doesn't come out. I lightly glued on a dimensional gold poinsettia sticker by putting my fingers underneath the fabric on the backside to help support the fabric while I slightly pushed on the embellishment to make sure it adheres to the fabric.
Elegant ornaments
Using the opening under the screw, add a hanger made with a piece of jute or ribbon and hang your beautiful ornament on your tree. For embellishments, use holiday dimensional stickers, stick-on jewels, or foam cut-outs or just leave plain if you like the fabric.
Additonal Ornaments
Pictures of additional ornaments made with a Christmas tree tie with a jeweled Christmas tree and personalized rhinestone letter ornaments.
Suggested materials:
  • Necktie   (Closet/Thrift store/Garage Sale)
  • 3" Wooden Embroidery Hoop   (Michaels/Joann's Fabric Store)
  • Dimensional Gold Poinsettia Sticker   (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 28, 2016
    LOVE IT! Almost anything can be used to decorate these. And different colored ties would be great to make decorations for different holidays! What also comes to mind are those silly ties every guy has at least one of that has Santas, or clover leafs or jack-o-lanterns on them that would make great swags, etc. And I imagine the guys will be more than glad to get rid of them!!!!

    • Judy Tosh Judy Tosh on Dec 28, 2016
      There are endless embellishments to decorate these ornaments. Just let the imagination flow.

  • Emilyjean Pekich Emilyjean Pekich on Apr 28, 2020

    Dads old tie would will be lovely memory for family. Will make several for gifts. Thank you so much ❤️