Crafty Kids | Make a Painted Scarf

by , posted on December 13th, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY

Remember the super simple scarf from last week? Well, this one is its bolder sibling. In fact, I recently brought this craft to a meet up of design-y types and it was a huge hit. You should of seen what those men and women could do with a blank canvas and a little paint.

The extra special thing about this project? Each scarf made is as unique as the maker. I rather like that, don’t you?

Let’s get to it already…

You’ll need:
fabric paint (we used Martha Stewart multi purpose craft paint)
masking or painters tape
foam brushes

1. Cut the muslin into a strip wide enough to be used as a scarf. Use the snip and rip technique to get a nice straight line. As far as length goes, that’s up to you. Try draping it around how you’ll wear it and then, snip.

2. Lay your blank scarf on some brown kraft paper. I’ll be honest, I tried freezer paper first time around and the fabric stuck to it once the paint dried. Ugh. Brown kraft paper seems to work nicely.

3. Take your masking or painters tape and start taping. The tape will be the negative space and you’ll paint inside. Make a patter of diamonds, triangles, squares, rectangles, lines, you name it. Go wild. We just painted the ends of our scarves but feel free to paint the whole thing if you have the time, inclination and/or stamina.

*Cool tip if you’re using masking tape: to make the tape less tacky (and more like painters tape) stick it on your clothes first.

4. Paint. I suggest using a dabbing motion. It’s easier to control the paint that way. At least, I think so. Although if you’re doing this with young kids, brushing might be easier. Sometimes they get a little dab-happy.

5. After the paint has dried, remove the tape. Now you have a fancy schmancy scarf. Look how modernist you are. Nice!

ps. Here’s the scarf I made. And here’s picture from the event I hosted. Look at them go!

pps. For an even simpler version, check out the tutorial over on Petit a Petite and Family. Celina uses jersey. Super versatile!

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3 Responses to “Crafty Kids | Make a Painted Scarf”

  1. Elisabeth Says:

    December 13th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I am sort of in love with these scarves.

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