Repurposed: Aluminum Lawn Chair Makeover

I inherited these very retro aluminum lawn chairs from my grandparents a few years back and I instantly loved them.  They reminded me of childhood beach trips and going to see concerts in DC with my beloved grandparents - but I thought they could use a little bit of love.  I (obviously) love a good vintage aesthetic, but when I can add something to it to make it seem just a teensy bit more modern, I seize the opportunity.  

Before & After Aluminum Lawn Chair.jpg

I cut off all of the old webbing until it was down to just the aluminum frame. I used a combination of macrame cord (the black and white), and parachute cord of two different thicknesses.  

Aluminum Lawn Chair Make Over

First I did the black and white macrame cord lengthwise, tying it in a square knot at the beginning and end, leaving about a 4 inch tail.  You want this to be as tight as possible, but not too tight that it's pulling the frame closed.  Then for the top I wove in and out to create this diamond pattern with the white parachute cord.  

Aluminum Lawn Chair Make Over

This part was the most time consuming of the whole project - but worth it, am I right?!  I did this over the span of a couple of nights while watching a show or two, it was mostly just awkward to straddle the chair and weave!

Aluminum Lawn Chair Make Over

For the bottom, I did just a standard basket weave with the thicker black parachute cord.  This was relatively quick and easy!  Then I just tucked the tails and held a lighter over the knots to melt the cord just a smidge to give it a tighter knot.  Done and Done!

Aluminum Lawn Chair Make Over

Isn't it looking so cute with all of our other chairs now?!  I love that it's portable too!

Aluminum Lawn Chair Make Over

Our backyard is certainly a work in progress (like everything house related), but I love being able to chomp at little bites here and there to make it feel a little more inviting.  Go forth and repurpose!