Art of the Scarf: Give Yourself a Mini Makeover With This Must-Have DIY

updated May 3, 2019
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Autumn is that dreamy time of year in which you, like the titular characters on Gilmore Girls, can wear scarves for fashion and comfort rather than survival. Here are a dozen DIY knit, no-sew, hand-painted, faux fur, and pom-pommed scarves that will keep you looking and feeling fabulous all early fall—and some are even cozy enough to carry you into the winter.

DIY Ascot Scarf by Brit & Co.

If you’re not ready to wrap yourself in wool, add a little extra layer to your next with these simple chic ascots from Brit & Co. Lead image above.

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DIY Pom Pom Scarf by For The Makers

Adorn a cheap store-bought scarf with homemade pom poms (you have a pom pom maker, right?) for a practical yet playful scarf. I would not be able to limit myself to just two pom poms, however.

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This is exactly what I want to wear every day in the fall, and it’s the perfect project for anyone who shares my nonexistent sewing and knitting skills.

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Cape Scarf DIY by SewRabbit

This one does require sewing, but seems well worth the effort. The arm slits and generous size allow you to wear it cape-style, as well as like a traditional scarf and wrap.

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This charming scarf can be dressed up or down, depending on the formality of your fall plans. Make it long enough to loop around your neck twice, or go for a shorter single version as shown here.

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This scarf has a irresistible sheepskin lining and a hidden pocket, meaning you’re set for any possible autumnal situation.

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To go one step further, this scarf—which is actually made out of two scarves—can hold your phone and keys, all whilst keep your hands warm.

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Turn an old sweater—whether one of yours that no longer fits or a super-cheap thrift store sweater—into a comfy cozy infinity scarf using only fabric tape and fray check.

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If you’re similarly unrestrained when it comes to pom poms, make this over-the-top number, no pom pom maker required. Inspired by this $195 Anthropologie scarf—seriously, what are people’s scarf budgets?—this one will add a punch to any outfit.

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Yes, this is the pom pom portion of the post. If you don’t want to make your own pom poms but do want to make your own infinity scarf, this is the tutorial for you. Make one in a warm fabric for fall, then start on a lightweight version for next summer.

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DIY Kid’s Knit Cowl by Make + Do Crew

If you can knit, here’s a free pattern that will allow you to make this cute cowl in a variety of kids’ sizes. Cowls are so smart for kids because they keep them warm without getting tangled or caught in anything.

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Instead of spending $58 on this scarf—that’s like my entire clothing budget—paint yourself one at a fraction of the price and in the colorway (perhaps something more autumnal) of your choice.

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Gold Foil Infinity Scarf by A Joyful Riot

Buy or make an warm infinity scarf, then “gold leaf” it with a mix of gold enamel paint and fabric medium. This tutorial is quick and relatively cheap—and the final product is machine washable—so make a bunch for holiday gifts!

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