DIY Kelly Wearstler Inspired Scarf

I’m so excited to share this DIY project! It’s fast, easy, cheap and I love how it came out.

I was inspired by this shot of the Kelly Wearstler scarf on Late Afternoon. Beautiful, right? It also reminded me of the apple boxes that the models stood on in sbz’s pics of the Chris Benz collection.

I used a piece of cotton voile that I’ve had forever. Scarves come in all different sizes so choose the size that you like best. If you aren’t sure this chart might help. Prewash your fabric (don’t skip this step!) and then lay it out and tape it down around the edges. If you use a piece of cardboard like I did be sure to put a layer of parchment paper or plastic between the fabric and the cardboard or else you may find yourself picking tiny bits of brown paper off of the back of your scarf. Ahem. (This is only a problem with very fine fabrics in my experience.)

Gather your paints. I would up leaving the teal color out and stuck with pink, gold and the orange-y tones I got when I mixed them. Jacquard fabric paints (the gold) work great if you can find them. Otherwise just buy a bottle of fabric medium to use with craft store acrylics – I’ve had great success with this.

Tape out various stripes using making tape and fill them in with paint. Let the paint dry before removing the tape. I did the tape-paint-dry-untape steps three times in the course of making this scarf.

Follow the instructions on the back of the fabric paint or fabric medium and iron both sides to set the paint. I then threw mine in the wash for good measure.




  1. Jennifer says:


    What a wonderful scarf idea. Simple, cheap, with a great payout… my favorite kind of project. I’m going to put this on my diy list. Btw this is my first time to your site, I look forward to what’s to come.

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