Tie Wreath (a craft fail)

Happy Friday, Crafters! Are you ready for a good laugh? Well, check out my craft fail….

Tie Wreath tie wreath

I attempted to make a little tie wreath for Father’s Day to go with my Shirt and Tie card……and well, let’s just say it didn’t really turn out….

I think its a combination of the ugly red tie in the mix and not having enough ties so the wreath form shows through, but its just not jiving for me.

i kinda hate it.

tie flowerWith that all said, I think this wreath has potential to be cute and when I posted a picture on Instagram, a couple  people liked it. So I decided to go ahead and share how I made it and how to make it look better than mine :)

How to Make a Tie Wreath

supplies: thrifted ties, hot glue gun, scissors, wreath form, button, felt.

fathers day craft

  1. I used 8 ties, but I would recommend using 10 to get better coverage on the wreath.
  2. I used a 12″ square STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam wreath form. The square shape helps the points of the tie stick straight out.
  3. I covered the wreath form with 2″ strips of gray fabric, but if you use enough ties, you should be able to completely cover the form and would not need to do this step.
  4. Cut off the bottom 12″ {the largest end of the tie with the point}. Remove the labels and loop so the tie lays flat against the wreath form.
  5. Hot glue the tie around the wreath so that the point is on top and points out.

How to Make a Tie Flower

  1. tie flowerCut 2.5″ off the small part of the tie with the point of 8 ties.
  2. Arrange the small points in a circle and hot glue in place.
  3. Hot glue a circle on the back to secure them in place and glued a button in the center.
  4. Then I hot glued the “tie flower” to the wreath. {and tried to cover up the red tie on the form}

tie wreathSo that’s my ugly tie wreath.

Have you ever finished a craft and hated it? 

If you have a Craft Fail you’d like to share, I would LOVE to hear about them! Leave a comment here or post a picture on the Craftaholics Anonymous Facebook page and we’ll make a mini party of it!

happy crafting, linda

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I think this would be a super cute wreath with the right ties and color patterns…but that could get expensive. An A for creativity though!

    1. 1.1

      you can usually find ties at thrift stores or the Goodwill for $.50 to $1.50

  2. 2

    I think it’s adorable and a great idea for Father’s day. I dont think its a fail at all. I love the flower you added made out of ties. file this one under super cute

  3. 3

    You are so funny- I am working on a tie wreath Right this Moment! It is still cute! Slap a little craft paint on the parts you can see and it would be prefection. Good tie finds- I think my husband would like a few of those!

  4. 4

    I actually think it turned out pretty cute. Great idea for father’s day. Perhaps you could swing by Goodwill to pick up a different color tie to replace the red one. Since the wreath is covered in fabric I also think it’s ok that some of it is showing.

  5. 5
    Brenda Watson

    Love the tie wreath – you really don’t notice the uncovered areas; but, could you use the end portions of the small ties to fill in the bare spots? Maybe tuck that portion under the larger ties and have the point line up withthe side points of the large ties – does that make sense?? Easy to visualize, but hard to put in words.

  6. 6

    This just needs more layers I think! It could be so great!

  7. 7

    sometimes I am disappointed in what I make, but I can’t think of one off hte top of my head. HOWEVER, the wreath isn’t… terrible? i really like the flower the best. but maybe not a wreath :)

  8. 8
    Ashlee H

    Could you imagine how cute this would be with girly colored ties? It’d look like a giant flower!

  9. 9

    I like it. I think the wreath form with the gray fabric resembles a dress shirt.

  10. 10
    Carole M

    LOL! Thank you for posting that. It’s good to know I’m not the only one with craft fails. I made a whole bunch of handmade Christmas ornaments this past year and they turned out so horribly I threw them out.

  11. 11

    I think it’s very creative craft, you have inspired me to think outside the box

  12. 12

    Ha! I was planning on making a red, white, and blue tie wreath for the summer. I think yours turned out great!

  13. 13
    Julie Bowden

    Oh Linda….I love it!!!

  14. 14

    Oh My heck!!! I love that wreath. I loved the ties you used too. You can send it my way if you don’t want it. : )

  15. 15

    You can totally salvage this. Do another layer of ties but in between the ones already there.

  16. 16

    I LOVE this! I’m so making this for my boss for Christmas. Every time I have to get to company credit card from him he always says to buy myself something nice – but don’t forget to buy him a really nice tie – he live for his ties. And, he has a wicked sense of humor so I know he would love this. Thank you so much for posting!

    1. 16.1

      LOL I love your idea! This would make a great gift for a boss! Especially yours who has a tie felish haha. Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  17. 17

    I think we are always harder on ourselves than anyone else would be. I really like your tie wreath, and I would really like to recreate it as the front of a card. Before I can do that I have to finish my move into my new craft room….it is a disaster right now!! I have definitely had projects that did not fulfill my vision of what I wanted to do, but if I can not fix it then, I put it aside to have a fresh look at it later! Thanks for the idea and your step-by-step instructions!!

    1. 17.1

      Thanks, Stephanie! You are really sweet.

      I totally understand having a disaster that is supposed to be a craft room, trust me! mine looks like a tornado went through. yikes!! Have fun moving into your new craft room! yay!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  18. 18

    I think it is cute–I might try it and double up on the ties so that the wreath doesn’t show through and it will give it more points. I think it is a great idea!

    1. 18.1

      Thanks, Christine! I like that idea! I think that’s what I’ll do. Thanks for stopping by1
      happy crafting,

  19. 19

    I don’t think this is a Craft fail at all. It’s an awesome idea, you could always stick to a theme of colours or patterns for another one though, i.e Neutrals, Blues/Reds or stripes.

    I have to admit that if I start not liking something I keep on tweaking it until it works, I can never bring myself to put the effort into finishing something that I think is ugly, I’m a great starter but a reluctant tie-er (lol) of loose ends.

    Well done for sharing though even though weren’t happy with the end result. ;)

  20. 20

    I had a craft fail yesterday while attempting to make a wreath for Fourth of July. I saw it on Pinterest and was excited because it is a cute wreath with burlap and jean ruffles that make up an American flag. Let’s just say burlap is a PAIN to ruffle. Needless to say it didn’t turn out as planned, but I did still hang my creation on the door.

  21. 21

    this is completely adorable!!!!

  22. 22

    Great wreath..not ugly at all! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I’d hang it at my house.

  23. 23

    haha, maybe more ties to overlap, like flower petals?

  24. 24

    Lol this is great! I always love a good crafty fail…it shows our humanity. I was inspired to post about my own recent crafty fail!