Is there a colorful scarf hanging out alone in the back of your closet? Put that pretty piece of cloth to work! Bring an old scarf out of hiding (or pick one up at the store) and try one of these four smart scarf tricks:
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Make Wall Art. If you have a wall that is screaming for a piece of art – but you don’t want to buy an expensive painting or mirror – frame a scarf! You’ll need: a foam board, a large frame and thin pushpins. First, iron your scarf – you don’t want to showcase creases or wrinkles. Then, pull your scarf taut across the foam board and secure the corners in place with the pushpins. Once the scarf is in position, place the foam in your frame. For more details, visit High-Heeled Food in the Door.
Cover Ugly Tables. Your table was young and attractive once. But drinks are spilled and tables are scratched, and the next thing you know it’s past its prime! Use an old scarf to cover up blemishes and extend the usable life of your table. If you have a table (or dresser) that’s aging poorly, use a scarf as a tablecloth or runner and cover up the offending areas. Just make sure your scarf is stain-free and ironed before putting it in the spotlight.
Create Storage. Storage is like money – people rarely complain about having too much! If you could use more storage spots in your house, consider repurposing an old side table with legs. Iron a square silk scarf (use the lowest heat setting to avoid damage!), and then drape the scarf over the table so the space between the legs is covered. That space is now hidden, so it can become a storage mecca without cramping your style. Stack boxes, books and even board games under the table. Tip: This is a great way to store toys in the living room or den.
Tie Curtains. Curtains have their time and place (who wants to watch House Hunters with a glare?) but sometimes you want the light to shine in! For a stylish way to keep your curtains pulled back, use a couple of silk scarves. Wrap one scarf around each curtain panel – you can do it the same way you’d tie a necktie. We love this tip because, unlike fixed hooks, this look isn’t permanent. You can change the color and texture whenever you want! Note: If your scarf is small or your curtains are especially large, tie multiple scarves together.