This recycled craft will warm the heart of any fan of the highlands…
I am a BIG fan of decorating BIG along with using what I have in different ways. I don’t often get to wear my wool plaid scarves here in SoCal but I love plaid so I just can’t get rid of them. I was folding them up and it popped into my mind that I could fold them into a heart shape.
I folded the scarf in half and lined up the plaid print. One scarf the pattern was symmetrical and the other it wasn’t. For the scarf that wasn’t symmetrical I adjusted the top point folds.
The top points are created by folding each end of the scarf on a diagonal toward the back.
Once I had the scarf folded the way I liked the heart to look I laid it on top of a piece of cardboard. In this case I used the cardboard from old pads of sketch paper.
I traced the heart shape with a pencil. It doesn’t have to be perfect just a bit smaller than the plaid scarf heart so it won’t show.
The heart can be cut out with a knife or scissors.
To affix the plaid scarf heart to the cardboard I used strips of carpet tape as I will remove the scarf from the cardboard after Valentine’s Day and pop it back into the scarf stash.
I had two scarves so I made two hearts.
To hang them I hot glued a piece of wire onto the back of the cardboard just under the “v” on the top of the heart.
If you don’t happen to have a scarf to recycle into a heart I’m sure a length of fabric would work great!
I displayed my pair of super-sized recycled plaid scarf hearts with photos of pairs of people I love, my parents, grandparents and niece and nephew.
Try making them in all sorts of sizes.
Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.