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Personal style on a college budget can be a challenge. Whether you’re a DIY guru or just want to spice up your wardrobe on the cheap, our new column DIY Chic is here to help keep you looking stylish without breaking the bank. If you are looking for a little inspiration, take a look at our past DIY posts on transforming your old jeans into skinnies and creating a pair of adorable button earrings.

Statement scarves are a perpetual fashion favorite. I love that they can make any outfit look chic and put-together, but can also keep you warm and cozy on cold days. When I stumbled upon this adorable printed word scarf on Pinterest, I knew it would be an easy and simple project to recreate. This quick DIY idea is the perfect way to repurpose one of your old lackluster scarves into a fun and unique statement piece.


What you’ll need:

  • An old scarf – lighter colored fabrics work best, but feel free to experiment.
  • A permanent marker
  • A favorite quote, poem, or song lyric to write on the scarf
  • A pencil and paper. (Optional, in case you want to plan out your design beforehand.)

The step-by-step process:

  1. Before you begin, plan out your design. How will you position the words? What sort of text style will you use?
  2. Lay your scarf out on a flat, clean surface. Put newspaper down if you’re worried about the permanent marker bleeding through.
  3. Following your design, or creative intuition, write out your poem or quote on the fabric. I played around with different size letters, writing in different directions and switching between cursive and print. I also left some white space throughout the design for a little more visual interest.


And voila! This simple project is incredibly easy and quick to finish and it’s a fun way to create a custom accessory that is entirely your own – absolutely perfect for any bookworm or word nerd out there. I think this would also make a fun gift idea if you’re looking for something with a more personal feel.

What do you think?

What do you think of this quick and easy accessory? Do you have a DIY project idea you’d like to see here on College Fashion? What items would YOU like to make yourself? Let us know in a comment!

Posted on on March 1, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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29 Responses to “DIY Chic: Printed Word Scarf”

  1. 1
    March 1st, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I just love the idea! Definitely trying it out!

  2. 2
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve seen this idea before and I love it. I’ll definitely try it out. But wouldn’t it be better to use a fabric marker? They’re not expensive so you could still be creative on a budget.

  3. 3
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    wow!! love it!! definately going to try it!! :D

  4. 4
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Well suited for artistic teanagers but the hands crafted finish is a litlle too punkish to me

  5. 5
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I love it! It’s an easy way to add something interesting to an outfit without spending too much money!

    I love that it can also be personalized with your favorite quotes!

  6. 6
    March 1st, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    That’s such a nice idea! I wish my handwriting was pretty!

  7. 7
    March 1st, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    So cute… but will it be okay if it gets wet?

  8. 8
    March 1st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Yea I have the same questions, won’t the marker bleed/fade if you wash it or it gets wet?

  9. 9
    March 1st, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    This is such a simple but amazing idea. The scarf looks gorgeous and you’d never guess it was DIY’ed!


  10. 10
    March 1st, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I think it is important to note here that Sharpie offers permanent markers now specifically for fabric. That way the ink will not run when washed and is less likely to fade.

  11. 11
    March 1st, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I have been an avid CF reader for years (happy birthday, btw!) and I swear this has been featured before!

    Alas, I love the concept. Haven’t tried it yet, though. Maybe this is a sign..

  12. 12
    March 1st, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Love this! Hello graduation gifts!

  13. 13
    March 1st, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    glad it wasn’t just me who could’ve sworn they saw this diy before on here…still a cool idea that i also never got around to. have to try it out on my next day off!

  14. 14
    March 1st, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    me too! I read CF every single day cause it’s on my bookmarks bar ^^
    it has been featured before, maybe a month ago
    still a very cute and unique idea

  15. 15
    March 1st, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This is so cute and cheap! I think I’m gonna get a scarf from like a thirft store and try this

  16. 16
    March 2nd, 2012 at 12:30 am

    brilliant idea! can’t wait to try it out myself xx

  17. 17
    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Yeah i coulda sworn ive seen this before. I read everyday too, and Im a sophamore in highschool :)

  18. 18
    March 2nd, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love this idea for a scarf! Plus I love the low budget way of making it! I think the biggest problem I’d have with this project was deciding what to write on my scarf and what handwriting would make it look the prettiest! I’ll definitely will have to try this one out since I don’t usually do DIY’s

  19. 19
    March 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Love it!!! I’ve seen a similar scarf before and wondered how to make it :) Question the permanet marker doesn’t bleed when the scarf gets wet does it? Great post!

  20. 20
    March 3rd, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Dreams by Langston Hughes? :) literature student here haha

  21. 21
    April 12th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    What type of fabric would you recommend for the scarf? Would something like a pashmina work?

  22. 22
    April 16th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    C, it depends on if you’re washing your scarf. I personally spot clean my scarves as needed. If you’re going to wash it in the washing machine, I’d recommend a fabric marker instead of a permanent marker like a Sharpie. You can also find Sharpie markers that are meant specifically for fabrics. I’d check out the fabric or craft store. :)

    Sarah, I would recommend some sort of cotton material. Or as close to cotton as you can get. I believe a pashmina would work depending on the material. Best of luck!

  23. 23
    July 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    If you iron some freezer paper onto the back of the scarf, it will keep the fabric from bunching up as you write. Place scarf wrong-side up on the ironing board. Place freezer paper over it with the plastic-coated side down, and iron with medium temperature iron. Your scarf will stay nice and stiff and in place while you write on it. When finished, you can peel the paper right off. Voila!

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