Woohoo! I’m so excited about this post today – I’ve been dying to share the outcome of this project, but I had to wait until today because…
Dun dun dunnnn….
Welcome to “Scarf Week,” the week-long scarf-a-palooza that takes place each year during the slightly-more-well-known but slightly-less-awesome “Shark Week.”
Scarves > sharks.
I’m sorry, it’s just an undeniable fact. Take it up with the universe. But I ask you… Which has less (if any) scary rows of teeth? I rest my case…
Scarf Week is the creative brainchild of Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried and True, who have gathered together a huge group of bloggers to participate in themed days of the week (which you can find right here) with blog posts featuring all-things-scarves. And you can also explore all of the creative scarf projects on social media by checking out the hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015!
When I heard that today’s theme was all about refashioning and repurposing scarves, I volunteered right away! I love a good neck adornment as much as the next person (although maybe not this much), but I get a little more excited about creating something for my home than for my wardrobe.
I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with the colorful, vintage silk scarves I spot at the thrift store all the time but never brought home because, well, I didn’t know what to do with them!
When I turned our under-utilized office closet into a reading nook back in March, I really wanted it to feel insanely colorful and cozy, like being tucked away in a gypsy caravan. Bryan and I talked about draping the ceiling in scarves to totally embrace the boho vibe, but I wasn’t sure exactly how that would work and so the idea ended up getting dropped.
As I was sitting and chatting to him about Scarf Week and trying to come up with an awesome project (can you tell I think through things by talking?), he brought the idea back up and encouraged me to just go for it. So I hit up the thrift store the next day and brought home a whole pinwheel of gorgeous scarves…
Then I spent an entire afternoon with a pack of push pins trying to figure out how to swag scarves effortlessly from the ceiling.
Spoiler alert: it was not effortless.
The next day, I took it all back down. Then I spent two or three hours trying again.
And took it all back down.
The third time was the charm, however. I finally figured out the best configuration for the scarves and the best way to tack them up and let them swoop nonchalantly.
Still, on their own, I didn’t think the scarves were quite enough. I wanted gaudiness, pizzazz – a riot of colors and textures!
Colorful wooden beads and yarn tassels came to my rescue! I strung together the beads and tassels to make a garland to swag from the ceiling, and then I hand-tied leftover tassels to each push pin to hide them (and because more tassels always = better).
And now, this is finally the perfect little hideaway I always wanted to have growing up! I’m still on the search for the perfect comfy seating solution for in here, but welcome to my zany, bizarre, yet wonderful closet reading nook…
It’s a tight space with no natural light, so it was a bit of a challenge to photograph, but hopefully you can get a sense of the nook and just how crazy fun the new scarf ceiling is!
(Plus, you can always picture me squeezed into a corner, lying on the floor, or contorting myself ridiculously to get these shots, and at least you’ll be entertained!)
What would YOU do with a whole bundle of colorful silk scarves like this?
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
We’ve got you covered! Be sure to check out each of these inspirational DIY projects that are making waves (hehe) in the blogging world this morning…
Click the images above or visit the links below.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet