An Instant Dose Of Happy!

We made scarves!Emma and I love printed scarves. We've collected vintage silk scarves for years. They're the perfect classic accessory for all seasons with endless styling possibilities. So one day we were shopping for supplies for another project and I saw these plain white cotton bandannas. Light bulb! "We should totally print some scarves!" So here's what we came up with- 

How to make a simple stamped scarfFirst up, a patterned scarf stamped with the word pretty. I wrote the word in my handwriting, adding a thicker line than usual. We cut this out of craft foam and adhered it a piece of cardboard to make a simple stamp. Don't forget to glue it on backwards! Then we used the stamp to print this scarf. I love the simple, graphic design. 

How to make a simple stripe scarfNext, we used tape to mask off a simple stripe design. We painted random, rainbow colors between each line of tape. The result is an evenly spaced, simple stripe design. 

A just-for-fun craft!Ta-da! There are so many possibilities for simple, custom designs. What would you print on your scarf? xo. Elsie + Emma

  • Awww, they are both super adorable but I really love the striped one. Thank you, as always!
    ♥Emma Deer

  • Such a great idea! I love the striped one especially!


  • These are great! Have you guys featured someone doing something like this but for wedding invites? I was thinking of screenprinting on scarves or handkerchiefs for my wedding invites to Ireland..not sure though. Might be too time consuming.

  • These scarves are gorgeous, I would never have guessed you made them yourselves! Deifnitely inspired me to get more crafty!

    Love Tweet xx

  • you guys have the best ideas! love this one. and now i want one of these too. I know what projects ill be busy with this week now. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • I love this! Such a great use of color!! Your posts really evoke happiness.

  • Great idea!!

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  • Lovely! You guys are so creative. 🙂 Have you ever done a painted rug? I’d love to see a tutorial on a DIY ethnic rug. 🙂

  • This is such an adorable idea! We did something similar in art class in primary school except we printed on plain T-shirts!

    x Aliya
    Hill Side Story – Personal Blog
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  • This is such a great idea.
    I can’t wait to design a pattern and make my own custom scarf 🙂
    I’ll have to do this as soon as possible
    *oh happy day*

  • Thanks for a great idea to revamp some of my scarves.
    New ones I buy at

  • That’s so cool and original, can’t wait to try it out!!

  • Such a good idea! Seriously gonna do this soon 🙂


  • LolaDee, I like Matte fabric paint if there is an option, but with bright colors we usually just use regular fabric paint (aka- what kids make t-shirts with) :))

  • Kim,
    The scarves take between 30 minutes and an hour to paint, plus 1-2 hours to dry. Make sure there are no thick chunks of paint and it should be done in more like 1 hour. :))
    Have fun!!

  • Is there any specific type of scarf that would work the best for this project? I’ve tried stamping before, but they never turn out as awesome as I want them to. 🙁

  • this is so awesome idea! How do you girls do it?? I would never figure out!

  • Last fall i printed an aztec scarf. Turned out pretty well.

    love your blog, greetings claudia

  • Such a gorgeous idea – I love that you can make it personal – especially to a loved one or friend
    as a gift idea or for yourself. I am going to give this a try and will
    Send you a pic when I do.

    Donna x

  • love this so much! i’ll have to try this at home. you guys are such an inspiration to me! my creativity automatically starts here 🙂

  • Great idea, esp. your handmade stamp:D So simple and clever. Thank you for inspiration!

  • This is cute , I am a vintage junkie at heart but I would wear something new like this , great idea the only problem is my handwriting isn’t that spiffy,I’d really have to work at it if writing a word.

  • This is such a great idea! I love it!
    Thanks for the little tutorial.
    *goes off to pin it*

  • love this idea! i may do this with a group of middle school girls next weekend…how long does it take to dry? do you think it would take about and hour, for this project, if i have all supplies? we will be doing this on an overnighter out of town:) any tips would be helpful. kim

  • These are both so cute! I love the colors you’ve chosen. Definitely want to make these sometime soon.

  • I would print the horse design from your wall on a scarf. So dreamy!

  • Hey elsie and emma! I love this idea and it looks really stylish and something you could wear for any occasion. I love everything on your blog and even did a post on my blog that mentioned you guys! thanks for the inspiration xoxo

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  • I quite like the striped scarf. You could also do this with a plain white cheap thrifted scarf or a scarf that needs a little spiffing up to recycle. The possibilities are endless.

  • Looooooooove this! Your DIY’s are so simple and perfect!!


  • That’s so cute ! love it !
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  • Really lovely diy. I have so many scarves. Maybe I could pimp one or too as well <3

  • Wow! This is such a great idea and I have a few scarfs laying around so this is perfect 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • They look gorgeous! I’d love to try this but I know the end result won’t look half as good! I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog at the moment if you fancy popping over 🙂 x

  • Great idea! I really want to print my own fabric or linens or something! But there is so much inspiration, I still have to decide what to do exactly.

  • OMG that scarf looks sooo pretty! You make everything look so easy to do 🙂 I will definitely give this one a go!
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  • That looks so great! But what a lot of work! I would be worried I’d spill something on it.

    Definitely worth it though. Beatiful.

  • That looks great and is like always so original. I like it. Have a nice day,

  • Lovely idea and so creative! It’s funny but I’ve only recently got ‘into’ scarves and now I’m slightly obsessed 🙂

  • A fantastic idea! Very creative, I will definitely be giving this a whirl. I might try a small butterfly or bird print.

  • what a great idea. it i did this, i think i would put little baby blue starts on white fabric. i love stars. 🙂

    love, x

  • I have an unhealthy addiction to scarves as well.
    This is most definitely something I will try asap!
    I just have to brainstorm some ideas…

  • That is a really great idea!!!




  • What a fun idea! So pretty I would print ‘Forever Infinite’ on mine. Infinity is such an interesting thought to me, it’s even my blogs name, Infinite Style. I think it would look nice on a scarf!

    Juliette Laura

  • Cute! Stencils are also a super fun way to add a personal flair to your thangs. I like the neat edges you get. I dont think I’ve seen you guys do any stencil diys- you should give it a try!

  • these are just the cutest! you two are fab at making diys like this!
    kw Ladies in Navy

  • Such a cute idea. I love it! Oh and Emma, your sweater is so cute. I love it too!


  • This is such a great idea-so many options! I love what you did with your scarves. I’m inspired – you guys are awesome.

  • i absolutely love these! Looks like I will be making yet another trip to Hobby Lobby. I should just move in there! 😉

  • What did you write ‘pretty’ on? Just plain paper.

    But doesn’t the paper have to be thick enough so when its on the cardboard, the paint doesn’t get on the cardboard and only the ‘pretty’

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