Make a Splash with a Quick Necktie Accessory
Scarves, pins, headbands, bracelets, and so much more make the perfect projects for upcycling men's neckties. With just a small amount of creativity, ho-hum can turn into something that makes people sit up and take notice. There is no shortage of ideas.
This page is chock full of inspiration and tutorials that will help you accessorize from head to toe. Whatever your pleasure, it can be found here or you can find ideas to help you create your own design(s).
Click. Learn. Create. Enjoy!
Most thrift stores sell secondhand men's neckties for $1-4 each. That makes for very affordable crafting!!
Create a look similar to the one pictured here without the knots. The Necktie Redo from The Crafting Chicks is a lovely project that combines the necktie pattern of your choice with large wooden beads for a balanced beauty that I really like.
The Pleated Necktie Necklace from Maybe Matilda is perfect for a dressier look. The tutorial is excellent with clear instructions and good photographs, and it lays out how to pin and sew your necklace using a machine. This necklace is so quick and easy though, I also think you could easily sew it by hand if needed.
For a chic look that takes hardly any time at all, try the DIY Necktie Necklace from The Retrolutionary (or rather, from her mom). With a quick snip, very little sewing, and a beautiful brooch or pin, this necklace is ready to wear. Simply beautiful!
4 Variations on the Cuff Bracelet
Scraps and small pieces of neckties are an inevitable part of many of the upcycle crafts recommended on these pages. This simple Cuff Bracelet Tutorial from Diane Gilleland at Craftstylish is the perfect way to use up some of those small pieces. Don't let even one inch of silk go to waste!
It can be difficult to find necktie upcycle projects for the men in our lives. Here's a great one! This piece of Man Jewelry from The Style Diner could also be worn by a woman. I really like the use of leather lacing to close the loop.
Last, but certainly not least, is my own Necktie Cuff Design (by AcornOakForest)- a simple cuff bracelet with a triglide connector. The triglide makes it easy to put on and tighten into place, and it gives it a little metal to shine it up a bit.
Stylish Head and Hair Bands
Love Notes by Lauryn developed a lovely photo tutorial for how to create a gorgeous Pleated Headband. You will have to scroll down a bit to find the step-by-step tutorial with brief explanations built into the photos, and it is completely worth it.
Scarves of All Kinds
There's a huge variety of necktie scarves out there. I am guessing it is something about items to be worn around the next transitioning well to even more creative items to be worn around the neck.
The Ruffled Necktie scarf is among the simplest of these. I think what separates the scarf from the necklaces above is the looseness of it and the intention that it will be worn over clothing rather than close to the neck. Either way, the ideas are similar. Kendra, from The Good Life, provides a complete tutorial for the simple and elegant Ruffled Necktie Scarf. It is similar to, though definitely different than, the scarf pictured here.
Don't be frightened off by the name of the 21st Century Straightjacket. It is beautiful and daring in its design. Bespoke by Brouhaha shares her project, more specifically titled "Fit to be Tied." Definitely worth a peek!
The shape of this Recycled Necktie Scarf is traditional, but the look is anything but. By combining a variety of necktie patterns, Diane Gilleland at Craftstylish designed an enchanting blocked scarf that is perfect to wear in warm weather and in cold.
Finally, if you have some ties and want to turn them into a scarf and, for whatever reason, can not do it yourself, Reminkie Bears can create a lovely flowing scarf for you. I include the link here for those who want to commemorate and celebrate loved ones through their ties. For the rest of us, use their images for inspiration as you create your own upcycled scarves.
Dye a Scarf Using Neckties
Ties Made from Ties
Bow ties are back! However you feel about that, it's a fact. Yet, this retro fashion can be hard to find in many stores. The ingenious author of Make It & Love It figured out a way to Repurpose a Necktie into a Bow Tie and shared it with all of us in an easy-to-follow tutorial.
Bonus: She made it velcro so no one needs to learn how to actually tie a bow tie, and it is lots cheaper to make a bow tie from a $3 thrift store find than to get one new in the store.
Kudos to Make It & Love It for this project!
Pin It On!
Flower Pins like these are cute, decorative and easy to make. Creative Kismet made them in a variety of patterns and hides the center with a little button cluster that brings it together. I like the idea of these as a pin, and if I were making them myself, I think I might also find ways to add them as gift toppers and wreath decorations.
Raise your hand if you love owls! I imagine many hands flying up just like mine did. They're so retro, kitschy and cute. These quirky Necktie Owls from Recycled Fashions are no different. The author and creator of the owls also shows a variety of uses, including pins, t-shirt decorations and bag décor. Can't get enough of owls!
If you still love old-fashioned watches, what better way to set them off than to upcycle a necktie as a Watch Band? I really like the look and feel of an older watch face and I love this example of a band that laces through the bars of the watch and wraps around the wrist twice. It's a classic look with a twist from Suzanne Shenkman Designs!
Olive and Love kind of takes me back in time to the days when Eyeglass Cases were as decorative as their contents. This simple tutorial helps us create an eye-catching protective cover for those readers we leave lying all over the house.
No explanation or tutorial needed. Lace up boots (or any other footwear you like) with some upcycled Necktie Shoe Laces. Love this idea from Pia K on Flickr!
For a 20-Minute Belt you will be happy to cinch around your waist any day of the week, check out the photo tutorial that Canadian Living shared with us.
Two Necktie to Belt Tutorials in One Video
Have Fun Accessorizing
I truly hope you loved these 34 tutorials and ideas! There are so many I have tried and want to try. For more inspiration with other necktie craft projects, visit the other 5 parts of 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try
- Part 1 - Bag It!
- Part 2 - Wear It!
- Part 3 - Accessorize It! (You're already here!)
- Part 4 - Decorate It!
- Part 5 - Celebrate It!
- Part 6 - Love It!
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on October 06, 2014:
I had no idea all the crafts you can make from neckties.
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on September 20, 2014:
@Margaret, I'm glad you found some ideas that you like and may be able to use. There will be a few additional pages coming with more ideas. So many projects, so little time! :)
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on September 19, 2014:
Monica, how cool are these??? I've got a bunch of gorgeous old silk ties that I inherited from Dad. I always planned to make a vest or maybe a long skirt out of them, but never got around to it. I can definitely see myself making a couple into a scarf, hair bow, necklace, wallet, etc. Love these ideas!