DIY: How to Make a Galaxy Scarf

July 24, 2012 by DIY, Fashion

how to make a galaxy scarf

☆☆☆How do you organize a party in space?☆☆☆ You planet! (Hehe. ;)) Lame puns aside, we’ve got a thing for the galactic sprawl here in the scarf office, so we decided to channel that love by making a galaxy-print scarf!

how to make a galaxy scarfWhat you need:

A black scarf (We think cotton works best. Painting on linen leaves the fabric super stiff!)
☆Soft fabric paint (We recommend white, and found it at Walmart.)
Simply Spray fabric paint (Also available at Walmart.)
☆Small paintbrush

Ps. If you want to make a galaxy scarf without paint, you can use bleach on cotton or silk scarves. Check out this tutorial on how to make a galaxy dress for advice with bleach. ;)

diy galaxy scarf

How to make the galaxy-print scarf:

Step 1: First, spread out a thin layer of white fabric paint on a flat surface. Bunch your scarf up into a wad, and dip small sections of the scarf into the paint. We’re pretty random about dipping the scarf bunches into the paint, but we try to space apart the areas as to leave large areas of black for the “sky.”

how to make a galaxy scarf

Step 2: Once you’ve dipped various sections of your scarf into the paint, pat and massage the scarf so that the wet paint spreads out naturally (kind of like if you were to wad up a paper towel and squeeze/pat out excess water). Don’t be scared to get your hands wet with the paint — you could leave a cool hand print on your scarf like we did below! ;)

how to make a galaxy scarf
Step 3: Rub the fabric of your scarf together to get rid of any large paint globs or spread out any choppy areas of thick paint. By rubbing the fabric against itself, you create natural, soft lines where the scarf was dipped into the paint. This gives it a wispy, “dreamy night sky” affect.

how to make a galaxy scarf
Step 4: After you’ve rubbed and spread out the paint on your scarf to your galactic taste, take the Simply Spray paint, and spray around the white paint sections on the scarf. Think of the spray as an accent glow to your “starry night sky,” like the aurora borealis.

Seriously — go at this like a possessed kid in an art room. The crazier you are with the spray paint (just spray like crazy on the scarf, and use as many colors as you’d like on top of one another!), the more natural your galaxy will look. Just be sure to leave a few spots of your white paint showing, as the the middle of your interstellar galaxy centers. ;)

diy galaxy scarf
Step 5: After all of your (both the original white and the spray) paint is dry, dip your brush into fresh white paint and draw some stars all around your scarf. To draw a star, we put different sized dots in places, and also drew dots with four equidistant lines around it.  From little dots of paint to stars with trails, go crazy all over the scarf!

make a galaxy star scarfStep 6: Let your scarf dry completely (it might take a few hours), and Voila! You have the prettiest galaxy scarf ever. Ours is modeled by our out-of-this-world lovely intern, Amanda.

diy galaxy star scarf

galaxy scarf diy
☆☆☆ Let out that inner space nerd and get craftin’! You’ll look totally stellar (and interstellar) in this scarf. ; ) ☆☆☆

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  • Reply Samantha November 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    So I’m in the process of making a few of these as Christmas gifts and the spray paint is just soaking into the scarf and not showing up. Any advice on how to keep the colors on top?

    • Reply admin December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Samantha! Sorry for the late reply, we had to consult out DIY scarf expert on this one! If you’re using the fabric spray paint, you need to use a kind that is opaque. This stencil kind ( works on black, and diluted puffy paint would work, too. :)

      If you have bleached spots, the other paint (featured in the post) will show up, though!

  • Reply Terri September 4, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Such a pretty scarf! I plan on making it myself. Can you tell me the exact fabric paint colors you used? That would be helpful! Thanks!

  • Reply Kathryn Carr September 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I can also see this technique on dark blue, or on heavier fabrics like linen. I love love your scarf- it looks fabulous! (I bet you even made some “mistakes” which you incorporated into the design & no one but you will ever know.)

  • Reply Christian July 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I love this DIY. What a cool way to wear the galaxy print especially if it intimidates you a bit. I shared it here on SocialBliss:

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    Good idea! It’s pretty! ^_^

  • Reply Jenny @ Wiseknits July 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

    This is awesome! I will definitely be trying this soon. I’ve seen the galaxy tshirts, but not the scarves!

  • Reply Terri July 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Fun! Seems like a great mother/daughter project. Very pretty intern. :-)

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