Fit to be tied–masterful ideas for recycling ties

A few weeks ago, we were at the premier of Mission Sustainable in downtown Seattle. As you can imagine, many (but not all) of the guests were beautifully and artfully attired. One who caught our eye was Deanna Duke, known to her fans as the Crunchy Chicken Goddess, and one of the stars of the Mission Sustainable TV pilot.

Deanna was wearing this dress made from neckties!

Now haven't you just always wondered what to do with all those ties that few men wear anymore? Ties may be hilarious, elegant, weird, or just plain boring. But with a few stitches, some glue, staples or creative folding, you can make something useful and fun–and keep ties from strangling landfills!

Here are just a few of the tie crafting ideas we've come across:

A chair by Peter Raphael Russo

A necktie schoolbag

A tie clock by Canadian Design Resource

Easter eggs dyed using silk ties–idea from our friend

All this has gotten us excited about the possibilities. Shhhh, we're heading off to see what treasures we can find hiding deep in the recesses of our husband's closets!


Have you made anything fun from ties? Let us know.


Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at


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