3 Reasons Dad's Old Ties Are to D-I-Y For

Instead of letting dad’s old ties sit around collecting dust, give them new life by creating terrific treasures that will last a lifetime.

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Thin out dad's tie collection with these creative upcycling projects.

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Spruce up a dull photo album, fashion a preppy bracelet or curate a chair cushion with the help of a few neckties and hot glue. Create a unique Father’s Day gift, a keepsake or simply a tie-adorned knick-knack to embellish your home. Regardless of what you decide to create, there have never been better uses for unused neckties.

1. Dapper Photo Album

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Materials Needed

  • tie
  • photo album
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • hook-and-loop dots

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Lay the skinny side of the tie across the front of the photo album. Measure the full side as well as around the album's side, and cut the tie. Secure the tie piece to the front of the album with hot glue, and wrap the extra fabric around the back.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Lay the larger end of the neck tie over point of the skinny tie, and measure around the back into is reached the end (but not the spine) of the album. Cut the tie, and secure the seam of the necktie with hot glue. Attach the second tie piece to the album with hot glue being certain to leave the pointed edge of the tie free to be wrapped around the photo album.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Attach a hook-and-loop dot to the end of the tie, and wrap the tie around the album to measure where the second hook-and-loop dot should go. To add a bit of decorative flair, attach a favorite button to the top of the necktie wrap with hot glue.

2. Necktie Bracelet

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Materials Needed

  • tie
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • button
  • needle and thread
  • hook-and-loop dots

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To begin the bracelet, measure a tie around the wrist, and add 1.5 inches. Secure the seam with hot glue.

For added detail, sew a button onto the finished end of the tie. On the inside, add two hook-and-loop dots. Wrap and wear with pride!

3. Woven Chair Cushion

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Materials Needed

  • ties
  • chair cushion
  • straight pins
  • staple gun + staples
  • scissors

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Lay a cushioned seat on a flat surface, and begin laying neckties vertically across the cushion’s surface, alternating between thick and skinny ends. Attach the individual ties to the cushion’s surface with straight pins. Cover the entire surface in neck ties before moving on. Create a basket weave pattern by crossing neckties horizontally across the cushion. Attach the horizontal ties with straight pins as well.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Flip the cushion over to expose the loose ends of the ties and the bottom of the cushion. Secure the loose tie ends to the cushion using a stapler gun Cut any remaining fabric pieces to clean up the bottom of the cushion. Remove straight pins, and you're ready to reattach the cushion to your chair.

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