Silk scarves are the perfect accessories for spring. They’re lightweight, versatile, and add a splash of color to drab ensembles. Here’s how to make your own:
Hand-Painted Silk Scarf
- White, 100 percent Chinese-silk scarf*
- Dull pencil
- Permanent markers, choice colors
- Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow paint*
*Available at craft stores or online.
- Two 2-feet-long pieces of freezer paper
- 2-by-2-feet foam board
- 16 thumbtacks
- Small paintbrush
- Lay pieces of freezer paper side by side, shiny side up on foam board. Gently stretch scarf flat over freezer paper. Pin in place with thumbtacks.
- Lightly sketch shapes on silk with pencil.
- Heat iron on “silk setting” and press silk to freezer paper until wax begins to melt. Don’t overdo it! Edge of scarf should easily pull away from paper.
- Trace pencil shapes on scarf with permanent markers. Be sure to close shapes so paint will stay within marker lines.
- Paint shapes from center out. Allow paint to spread before adding more paint. Too much paint will overrun marker lines. Dry scarf on board for 24 hours. Remove and dry alone in clothes dryer on high heat for 30 minutes.
- Rinse scarf in cold water until water runs clear. Air dry.