Decorative Uses For the Scarves You Used to Wear
By Nancy, the Frugal Decorating Diva
Scarves are still one of the most beautiful fabric pieces
available today. Their original use, as an accessory for an
outfit, has never gone out of style. We have worn them around
our neck, wrapped around our head and in the pockets of or
I am finding that I really love decorating with them as well.
How? Here are some ideas you may want to consider:
1 - Sort them by colors, and size, and use all the same sized
ones, with complimentary colors to make a table runner, or
table cloth. You can assemble this with lose hand-stitched
whip stiches, that don't damage the scarf.
2 - Drape them over lampshades. I do this here with lamps that
have 40 watt bulbs. If you do this, be very sure you don't
have your scarf too close to your bulb or that you use a bulb
of a higher wattage than 40 watts.
3 - I have also used scarves to cover lifts that I use to
raise some items up in some of my tablescapes. For instance,
loosely cover an empty small box with a pretty scarf, set it
on a table and place a small figurine on the box. Then add two
other items to the display, nestled in the folds and drapes of
4 - Create a new lamp by standing a thin lamp inside a vintage
handbag, then drape a scarf out of the handbag, with some
jewelry and a pair of glasses. I did this and I love it.
5 - I use some of my larger scarves as a drape over my wicker
chairs. They can be used as a "slipcover" for a chair seat,
using pins on the back of the cushion to secure the scarf in
place and not damage it.
6 - Use your scarves as dresser scarves.
7 - Frame them. If you do so between two pieces of acrylic,
you can hang them where they can be seen from both sides. A
good place to do this is over a table like a chandelier or in
a place where you want a small "room divider - something where
you want your eye to divide the room, but not have all the
space taken up by a true room divider.
8 - Use them as a curtain valance by just draping them over
your curtain rods.
9 - I have some draped over the edge of some of my display
shelves here. They add another element to the displays by
breaking up the straight lines of the shelf edges.
10 - Hang scarves topped with hats off a peg rack to make a
Hopefully, you will find some of these ideas useful for that
collection of yours. I look at my scarves as pieces of art,
and like to display them accordingly.
Nancy, the Frugal Decorating Diva, turning "stuff" you have
and don't want, into "stuff " you need. Read more about how to
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