How to DIY Paper Mache Letters

If you want a unique but inexpensive way to decorate and personalize your next party, there is a simple fix. It’s as easy as A-B-C, literally! Head to your local craft store to grab your pre-made cardboard or paper mache letters of choice. (Choose letters to showcase an activity, highlight your party theme, serve as personal monogram decorations, etc.) Then, just follow our instructions below!

DIY craft table

(At Scarves Dot Net, we have a crafting table in our office. We thought, why not highlight this table with a craft itself? We DIY’d “DIY.”)

What You’ll Need:

  • Letters for your word of choice (We bought ours here.)
  • Spray paint (We used “Krylon Metallic Gold.”)

How-To:

DIY paper mache letters step 1

Step One - Lay your letters out on old newspaper or a similar material, as to avoid damaging any surfaces in the area where you’ll be painting.

DIY paper mache letters step 2

Step Two - Go crazy with the spray paint on the letters! Or just lightly spray them — your choice. Either way, be sure to get all of the nooks and crannies, so you don’t have any uncovered spots. Also, watch out for runny paint. You want to make sure the letters look smooth!

Step Three - Let your letters dry for a few hours. (The heavier the paint coat, the more time needed.)

Step Four - Repeat until you have your desired shade of color.

finished DIY paper mache letters

This sounds very simple … and that’s because it is! Want to up the ante? You can always pair this easy-peasy DIY with these polka dot plates and a glittered vase to create an even greater glam atmosphere.

12 Scarves to Wear During the Polar Vortex

Baby, it’s cold out there. Like really, really cold. While we’d prefer lounging poolside in some tropical location over trekking through the arctic tundra, we’re trying to make the best of the situation. Our remedy for the Great Polar Vortex of 2014? 12 of our warmest and most popular scarves, so you can stay warm while braving the elements and look cute doing it!

Click through the scarves or find them in the list below to snag your favorite!

12 scarves to keep you warm during the polar vortex

Moriya Knit Infinity Scarf Blake Knit Scarf Lena Houndstooth Infinity Scarf Patti Solid Color Pashmina Cambridge Houndstooth Wrap Scarf Dylan Infinity Scarf Lexy Leopard Crinkle Scarf Jackie Circle Scarf Kayci Knit Loop Scarf Monica Houndstooth Scarf Danica Cozy Loop Scarf Buckingham Plaid Scarf

Featured Scarves:

Moriya Knit Infinity Scarf | Blake Knit Scarf | Lena Houndstooth Infinity Scarf | Patti Solid Color Pashmina | Cambridge Houndstooth Wrap Scarf | Dylan Infinity Scarf | Lexy Leopard Crinkle Scarf | Jackie Circle Scarf |  Kayci Knit Loop Scarf | Monica Houndstooth Scarf | Danica Cozy Loop Scarf | Buckingham Plaid Scarf

How to Make Chalkboard Frames

DIY chalkboard frame

Dry erase boards may have taken over the classrooms, but at Scarves Dot Net, we adore the current chalkboard craze! From walls to mugs and even refrigerators, there’s seemingly no limit to what you can coat with chalkboard paint. We decided to create the perfect framed chalkboard signs for our crafting tables. Check out our steps below, and learn how to make your own.

(Please Note: Since the project calls for two layers of chalkboard paint, each layer needing to dry overnight, set aside a couple of days for the project to be finished. But trust us — it’s super easy to do … and fun!)

supplies

What You’ll Need:

  • Chalkboard paint (We used this.)
  • Paint roller or sponge brush
  • Spray paint (We used “Krylon Metallic Gold.”)
  • Old or cheap frame (Ours came from the clearance section at Walmart.)

How-To:

spray paint the frame

Step One: Disassemble the frame, separating it from the glass.

Step Two: Spray paint the frame in your color of choice. (We went gold!) Let it dry overnight.

paint the glass

Step Three: Pour the chalkboard paint onto the glass, and spread the paint until a moderate layer covers the glass entirely. (Once-over should do this time around.) Let it dry overnight.

Step Four: Apply a second coat of paint to the chalkboard — again, don’t make it too thick. Let this layer dry overnight as well.

Step Five: Reassemble the frame. (We also built a back on ours using cardboard and ribbon.)

Step Six: Ask someone with mad calligraphy skills to write your message of choice!

additional frames

finished chalkboard

This is a super easy DIY. Let us know what challenging projects you’ve taken on with chalkboard paint! The possibilities are nearly endless.

How To Make an Ombre Scarf Chandelier

Want to make the perfect decoration for your New Year’s Eve party or just something awesome for your next get together? You can make your own ombre chandelier using scarves!

finished chandelier

To make this talk-of-the-town centerpiece, there are two crucial phases: Setting up the frames and quantity of strands and, then, creating the strands. No worries. We have step-by-step instructions to get you this magnificent decoration piece in no time! (Okay, truth be told, it takes a few seconds. But, the end product is well worth it.)

chandelier supplies

What You’ll Need:

  • Scarves (Luckily, we have plenty of those around here! We used these: 3 red, 4 pink & 5 purple.)
  • Tapestry needles
  • Two wire wreath frames, one larger & one smaller (Ours were 24 inches and 12 inches.)
  • Fishing line (We used line with a 4-pound weight limit for the strands and line with a 25-pound weight limit to hang the finished masterpiece.)
  • Scissors

How To Set Up the Wire Wreaths & Quantity of Strands:

rings

Step One - String the two wire wreaths together using the 25-pound fishing line. The smaller frame should appear to be floating inside the larger frame when you’re done.

Step Two - You have to be somewhat “mathematic,” if you will, about the quantity of strands used on the wreaths, in order to create an impressive tiering effect. Think about the impact you want your chandelier to have (size it up), and plot it out on paper beforehand. Here is what we calculated for ours…

For the inner ring, we used the 12-inch (smaller) wire wreath. This ring contained the longest strands for the chandelier, referenced as XXL and XL below. We had a total of 12 strands here — alternating 6 of each size around the ring.

The outer (larger) ring had 24 strands. Alternate the length of your strands (maybe 8 of 3 lengths) for variation. Referenced below, we used the S, M, and L lengths here.

Our Strand Lengths:

XXL (46 inches long)

XL (40 inches long)

L (24 inches long)

M (22 inches long)

S (16 inches long)

 

How To Create the Strands:

cutting scarves

Step One - Prepare your 4-pound fishing line. Thread the line through a tapestry needle, just like you would to sew. At the base of your line (the bottom of what will be your strand), tie a small button or bead.

Step Two - Cut the scarves into squares. (We used scissors, but a fabric cutter probably would have helped!) The size of your squares will need to be scaled to the size of your chandelier. Our chandelier was large, so we cut 4-inch x 4-inch squares.

scarf square

Step Three - Take an individual square and fold it in half. Take that half and fold it in half, again, to create a small square.

threading the scarf

Step Four - Hold the small square like a diamond with one top point. That top point should be the uncut corner.

Step Five - Thread your prepared line through an open side of the square and up through that top corner. Slide that square to the bottom of your line, where it will meet the button/bead. This is the base of your strand. Fabric should cover the button/bead, so it’s not visible.

completed strand

Step Six - Thread all remaining squares for that line as you did the first, but adding an extra stitch through the top corner of each, as if you’re knotting it to the line. This will secure the squares in place. Spread the squares evenly (or to your liking) up the strand. To create an ombre effect, use three colors of squares on each strand, varying the number of each according to your taste.

attaching strands

Step Seven - Attach the strings to the wire wreath frames, tying them off as suggested under “Step Two” of “How To Set Up the Wire Wreaths & Quantity of Strands.”

finished chandelier

scarf chandelier on display

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a similar video tutorial that you can follow.