Apr 1, 2014

DIY Potato Stamped Heart Scarf

I love wearing scarves all year round.  The perfect accessory detail for every outfit.  This is how I personalized my own heart patterned scarf for a one of a kind look:

Supplies Needed: scarf, fabric paint (red), potato, knife, sponge brush, newspapers or something to protect your work surface from paint, scissors, and a scrap piece of paper to use as a template

Step 1: Cut the potato in half lengthwise.  You will only need one half for the potato stamp.

Step 2: Take the scrap piece of paper (about the size of the potato half) and fold it in half. Cut a half side of a heart and then unfold so that both sides will be even.  Make sure it fits the largest width of the potato half.  Lay the paper heart on the flat side of the potato half and cut out the potato into the heart shape.

Step 3: Lay out the newspapers over your work surface and lay the scarf out flatly on top.  It's best to work in sections and move it as you go, so don't worry if you don't have enough space to stretch out the entire scarf at once.

Step 4: To begin stamping hearts, apply the fabric paint to the flat side of the potato using the sponge brush.  To get a more random effect, each time you apply paint, put it on heavier and thinner in different areas.  With the paint on the potato, carefully place it onto the scarf and leave it for two seconds.  Do not move the potato around while it is on the scarf, you don't want the paint to look smeared.

Step 5: Repeat step four over and over until you have covered the entire scarf.  To keep an "organized random" pattern going, apply different amounts of pressure when you place the potato down on the scarf and turn the point of the heart in all different directions.  Imperfection and randomness are your friends.

Step 6: Allow the fabric paint to dry for 24 hours and then your completely one of a kind scarf is ready to wear!

It would also be so lovely to try this potato stamping in so many different patterns, so many colors, and on so many different pieces of clothing and accessories.

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