It is possible that over the years, you have collected quite a handful of neck lanyards. Maybe your previous company gave all its employees customized neck lanyards as the official ID holder. Or maybe, during Christmas, you received several lanyards from different stores or organizations that you support. Probably, you were able to gather half a dozen lanyards from all the conferences and seminars that you have attended for the whole year.
The question that you want to be answered now is, what to do with all these old neck lanyards? Be amazed to discover that these old lanyards have actually numerous creative uses other than the original purposes that they were created for.
Here are three of them:
You could turn these old lanyards into beautiful accessories. You could make stylish and pretty necklaces, bracelets and anklets out of them. How? Get different types of lanyards – beaded, thin, thick, fabric or woven. Try to mix and match the different types of lanyards. Fabric and beaded lanyards would make a good combination. Another possible combination is two fabric lanyards with contrasting colors. Weave them together and then secure at the two ends.
If you need to add more length, for instance to make a necklace, you could use extra fabric or fancy chains. With chains, there is already a lock for your necklace or bracelet. If you use fabric, you could use hook and eye or buttons, or you could simply tie them at the back. People would never realize that your new accessories are just recycled, old lanyards.
There are some neck lanyards that are simply so memorable you would not want to cut them. However, you would not want to let them just gather dust or be placed in the attic and forgotten, right? The solution? Turn them into a house décor. Here is how. Buy a thin board at your local hardware. Cut it to a size that would fit a frame, around 10 x 15 inches. Cover it with a colored, plain paper.
Place your longest lanyard on the center of the board on a diagonal position. You can staple it at the back or place thumbtacks to hold it in place. Following that, place the rest of the lanyards diagonally, with one-inch distance from each other. Try to arrange the lanyards in such a way that the colors would match or complement the overall design. To strengthen the hold and prevent the lanyard from becoming loose plus to add beauty to the décor, you can also place some button pins on each lanyard in front. Place it on a frame and hang on your wall.
Old neck lanyards made of satin would make great bookmarks. However, other lanyard materials would do, too. Simply cut the lanyards to around 6 inches. Sew the edges to keep it from fraying. At one end, make a loop where you can place an attachment. You can also use a thick rope or ribbon in lieu of the attachment. Place a cord or ribbon at the loop. That’s it. You have a simple homemade bookmark now.
You can improve this style by making a more elaborate bookmark design. You can add lace or any fabric that you would like to decorate on the old lanyard. You can use colored special paper, too. You can personalize your bookmark by putting your name or initials on the fabric or paper. This would also make a good gift for your kid’s classmate or donate some to your bookworm club.
These three creative ideas could also be made to give as gifts to close friends and families.