I apologize for the shirt being used in my step-by-step instructions, differing from my shirt at the end result. I nervously created the first wreath, not sure how it would turn out, and then was pleasantly surprised. Who knew mustaches and moss wreaths make such a great combo?
As you know, I am a passionate “up-cycler.” I love finding new and even better uses for old items. My husband is a “suit and tie” kind of guy and will often dry-clean his shirts to their death. He always gives them to me for my projects. So, while gathering your supplies, see if you can find a dead dress shirt with sleeves. If you cant, you can always find great deals at your local thrift store. That goes for both the shirt and tie…
-Men’s dress shirt
-Bag of Moss- JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores
-12” 3/8 thick mustache- order from craftcuts.com. (You can download and use this image under custom ordered wood crafts. You can even note that Lindee sent you!)
-4 inch letter spelling “Dad”-also from craftcuts.com
-Mod Podge -JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores
-foam brush or paint brush to apply mod podge
-hot glue gun and scissors and these will be used for everything!
1- Cover your wooden “Dad” letters in Mod Podge and set aside to dry. Paint your mustache and set it aside to dry. When mustache is dry, spray with acrylic sealer.
2-Completely cover foam wreath in a thin layer of moss using your hot glue gun to adhere it.
3-Cut out the collar and button strip of your shirt.
4- Tie the tie as if you were going to be wearing it, then set it aside
5-Pin the collar at the base of the wreath. I tried to pin mine so the collar was pinned towards the back. ( We will hot glue it in place in a second)
6-Now take the tie and hold it in the spot you you are going to place it on the collar. Pin it in place and gently cut the part of the tie that goes around the “neck”. You will want to leave enough so it looks like the tie is going completely around. You don’t want the cut pieces to show. Once you are satisfied, pull the bottom of the tie around to the bag tightly, pin it in place and then cut the extra end of the tie off. Save it for the top of the wreath. Now you can hot glue your collar and tie in place.
7-Next cut strips of fabric from your dress shirt -about 1 1/2” thick. Use spray starch and iron them. Disassemble the rest of your tie then starch and iron too. You will use this fabric to create the “bow” at the top of your wreath.
8- Take your “Dad” letters and adhere them to the top with hot glue
9-And finally, lay the wreath flat. Center your mustache in the middle of the wreath and hot glue it into place. Allow it to dry securely. Then display in Dad’s office or man cave! Perfect!