Don't throw out the old bandana. Here are 10+ nifty ways to upcycle them instead

Bandanas come in so many pretty colors, but do you ever look at them in the store and wonder what people use them for? They make ideal additions to summer outfits and Halloween costumes, but they're also a fantastic craft material.
Considering how inexpensive bandanas are, there's no reason not to stock up on them next time you're at the store! There are an abundance of creative things you can do with them — keep scrolling to see some of our favorites.
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1. Pennant banner
This DIY pennant banner would be the perfect decoration for your next party, but it would also work well as a piece of everyday decor! The tassels on the banner in the tutorial are especially fun. Can you think of anything else you'd like to add to your banner?
2. Tablecloth
It doesn't take much effort to make a tablecloth out of bandanas. All you need to do is sew them together in whatever pattern you like! Make a tablecloth that fits your table perfectly, and choose whatever colors you want. Why not make a red, white, and blue version for the Fourth of July? Get the full tutorial here.
3. Camera strap
Why would you buy an expensive camera strap from the store when you could just as easily make your own out of a bandana or two? To make this easy project, simply roll up your bandanas, pin or sew them in place, and attach them to your camera! Get the full tutorial here.
4. Bandana pillow
If you love to sew, this pillow cover is the perfect project for you! It's quick and easy enough that it wouldn't take you long to make a nice matching set. If you don't have any pillows lying around, just fill the covers with pillow stuffing from the craft store. These would make such a nice housewarming gift! Get the full tutorial here.
5. Bracelets
If you're looking for a new way to wear bandanas, try turning one into a bracelet! There are plenty of different ways you can do this, but one of the easiest is simply using a strip of bandana to cover an old bracelet cuff or a simple bracelet form from the craft store. Get the full tutorial here.
6. Trendy wall art
Making a new piece of wall art for your home doesn't have to be difficult. All you have to do is find a bandana you love and put it in a pretty frame! Choose a standard rectangular frame if you like, but circular frames give this project a bit of extra interest. Get the full tutorial here.
7. Wreath
This bandana wreath is so cute, but the best thing about it is how easy it is to make! You don't need much more than a foam wreath ring, a hot-glue gun, some bandanas, and a few sprigs of your favorite faux flowers. This would look fresh in your home year-round, but you could also make a red, white, and green version for Christmas or a pastel wreath for Easter. Get the full tutorial here.
8. Reusable bowl covers
Have you ever thought about using a reusable bowl cover instead of tinfoil or plastic wrap? If you know how to sew, this project is easier to DIY than you might think. All you need to do is cut a circle out of the bandana fabric and stitch knit elastic around the outer edge! Get the full tutorial here.
9. Drawstring backpack
As far as making a backpack goes, this is probably the easiest way and if you're handy with a sewing machine, this will be a cinch for you. Grommets are used to make this drawstring backpack and of course, a bandana. Pick out a matching liner fabric and some string and you're on your way.
10. Candle holders
If you've been looking for a new candle holder, why not try making a pretty bandana candle holder like this one? It couldn't be easier to make. Simply Mod Podge a piece of a pretty printed bandana onto a glass jar. What sort of bandana pattern would you pick for this project? Get the full tutorial here.
11. Headband
Make your own pin-up girl style bandana headband. All you need is a bandana, a headband, and your folding skills. You can wrap a bandana around a wide headband to create your very own. Get the full tutorial here.
12. Package party favors
A quick and easy way to package up party favors. Wrap up your parting gifts with a bandana, tie with a string and you're all set. A quick and easy DIY that will be sure to impress your guests. Get the full tutorial here.
13. Sunglasses case
Tired of your sunglasses getting scratched? Protect them with a DIY bandana sunglasses case like the one in this tutorial! If you already have a sunglasses case, you could easily copy this idea to make a pouch for your makeup, your pens and pencils, or whatever else you like.
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