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Hello friends! Today is the official first day of Scarf Week projects, and I am SO. EXCITED! My first project is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy-5-minute project you can make any day, any time! All you need (technically) is a scarf. For realsies. That’s it! 

Quick DIY using an old scarf and a wooden bead by The Learner ObserverThese are oh-so-cute for Spring and Summer, or any other season, really, as long as you don’t choose pastels like I did! I am not kidding when I say this takes 5 minutes. It also doesn’t require many materials, which is always a bonus, isn’t it? Here’s what you need:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYep. I forgot to put my scissors in there to take a photo of them, so I improvised. Those scissors are totally to scale, too, I know!!

I got this scarf at Value Village. Yeah, there’s a first for everything… It cost $1.99 and was 100% silk, which I thought was impressive! The beads I got at a craft store and I found them in the kids craft area – they were the only beads with larger holes in the middle as you can see in the picture.


Now let’s get to how one makes this silk scarf into a bracelet. It’s simple… just start twisting!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATrue story: I let this scarf go like 7 times and had to basically start over each time. That’s the thing with silk, I guess: it’s slippery! If you can bribe a child or husband into holding one end for you while you twist, do that. It’ll make your life way easier. Luther wasn’t willing to cooperate, so I was on my own!

So, once you’ve twisted enough, eventually the scarf will start to twist into itself… like so:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt this point, you can stop twisting and do one of two things. The first is to add a wooden bead to the end. This can be done either by twisting the ends of the scarf some more (the twisting never ends here, folks) so you get it into a fine point, or you can use something like a bobby pin to shove it in there. I started with option 1, and quickly moved to option 2.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATie a knot to keep the bead from slipping out and then cut off the excess scarf fabric from the ends.

The second thing you can do is skip the bead altogether. That’s right… you could make this bracelet with just ONE thing: a scarf! This option means you have to tie a pretty thick knot at the end, just thick enough that it doesn’t slip out of the loop when you close up the bracelet. See?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It pretty much literally does not get any easier than this – unless you manage to not let it go 7 times like me during the twisting portion. Then it’s definitely easier!

Can we take one final look at these cute little DIY bracelets, please?

Quick DIY using an old scarf and a wooden bead by The Learner ObserverAnd just to finish off all the pictures of this project, here’s a super duper easy to pin set of images for ya!

How to turn a scarf into a bracelet

Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?

We’ve only just begun! Be sure to peruse the other scarf­tastic projects hitting the blog­o-sphere today.

Welcome to Scarf Week! 4 different bloggers sharing 4 different scarf projects intended to inspire (and distract you from scary shark attack footage during Shark Week). Bound to get the creative juices flowing!Bling Scarf by Dream a Little Bigger | 5­Minute Twisted Bracelet by The Learner Observer | Love Song Bleached Scarf by Tried & True | Tie Dye Infinity Scarf by The Thinking Closet

Giveaway & Link Party Reminder

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to visit yesterday’s post where we kicked off our special Scarf Week Giveaway! Two winners will each take home $135 in crafty prizes. Maybe you will be one of them! Enter the Rafflecopter widget and/or link up a scarf related project of your own to enter to win one of the two prize packs. This giveaway ends Thursday night, August 14th, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. So, don’t delay!

Today’s Sponsor

A big thank you goes out to today’s sponsor who helped make Scarf Week possible:

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Come right back here for more Scarfy goodness! What can you expect? Well there here’s a sneak peek for you:

sneak peek

Any ideas what it is? Come back tomorrow to find out! Also, I have no doubts you’ll want to come back to see what the three other ladies have in store!

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    Allison Murray

    August 11, 2014

    I love how easy this is! And no worries, I probably would have let go at least 8 times :)

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      August 12, 2014

      Thanks Allison! Glad I’m not alone! haha

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    Vanessa Brady

    August 12, 2014

    This is the perfect answer to all the adorable vintage silk scarves that I can’t quite figure out what to do with!

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      August 14, 2014

      Right? I do not know what to do with those except wear them as headbands, but they’re silk and slippery, so that doesn’t always work either…

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    August 12, 2014

    I think it takes a really creative brain to think up something so simple yet chic. If I had tried to twist a scarf into a bracelet, it would have look like a scarf twisted into a bracelet. THIS looks like a piece of jewelry that might sell at Nordstroms for $70. But now we all know not to pay a dime for that bracelet. We can do it ourselves! Mwah ha ha ha.

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      August 14, 2014

      Oh Lauren, you are FAR too kind! Thanks for thinking my $3 scarf looks like it belongs at Nordstroms! The best projects are those that save you a ton of $$$ though! The frugal girl in me thinks so, anyway :)

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    August 12, 2014

    Seriously love this! And Lauren’s spot-on—this totally looks like an expensive accessory you’d find in a fancy store, but at a fraction of the cost!

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      August 14, 2014

      Oh you two… making my day all day every day!

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