Kids will be kids, if we let them. And we should let them! We can fuel their creativity and spark their imaginations, give their brains and bodies a good workout by making the right ‘tools’ available. Tools like the scarf. And a dress up box. EVERY child, when given opportunity, will take an everyday item and refashion into something it was not intended to be. Filling a bin with ordinary things like scarves and cast-off clothing and out-of-style shoes opens up a whole new, extra-ordinary world.
A scarf? How much fun could that add to a child’s playtime? Here are 6 ideas, just to get you going. You might recognize a couple of the scarves in these photos if you’ve been peeking in on our scarf-tastic series this week – my children and grandchildren have had all kinds of fun NOT wearing them as a fashion statement but turning them into one useful object after another.
A Scarf will come in handy when . . .
. . . you have wounded your arm after you’ve taken on the rascal Bluebeard while boarding the Jolly Roger.
. . . baby is fussy and needs to stay extra close to Mama, or maybe when it’s time for a walk or a trip to town.
. . . Dangerous Dillon rides into town, hoping to disguise his identity.
. . . the winds are high and the dust is thick as you travel the Oregon Trail.
. . . you’re on the high seas and are washed overboard by a gigantic wave and your buddy in the boat needs to throw you a life line.
. . . you misstep while climbing the mountain and your broken leg needs to be set.
. . . it’s time to take ‘doggie’ for a walk.
The scarf – such a small, inconsequential item, full of so much potential. No need to plug it in or change batteries, no flashing lights to burn out, no add-ons or apps necessary. Guaranteed to provide hours and hours of fun! Is there a dress up box in your home? Are there scarves residing inside? If your little minions are out of practice, pull out that bin of odds & ends, head off to the land of make-believe. Slay a dragon or climb Mt Everest with them. And don’t forget to take along your scarf!
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
The scarf refashion fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet
Well, we’ve reached the grand finale of Scarf Week with today’s theme of Scarf Refashions, and grand it most certainly was! If you’re just tuning in, this was just one of five inspirational themes from this week. And you can check ’em all out by visiting our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True. And you can also explore all of the creative projects we’ve been sharing on social media by checking out our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
This week has just been wave after wave of killer inspiration, no fish-bones about it! Thanks for coming along for the ride. It has been JAW-some.
Until next time…stay scarfy,
Yes! I love this post! There was nothing more magical than the soft, sheer scarves my sister and I had in our dress up trunk growing up – they could be anything from a picnic blanket to a wedding veil! 🙂
EXACTLY! thanks for sharing your memories, Brynne 🙂 I remember how my sisters and I pinned long flowing scarves to the back of our heads and dancing around with rapunzel-like locks. Oh, the possiblities are endless! I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit today – have a blessed weekend!
Charlotte @ Ciburbanity says
I totally agree!! We have loads of fun scarves in our stash and the kids use them for everything! Great idea!
we can never have too many scarves, can we, Charlotte 😉 My idea list is quite long after this week of scarfy fantastic!
Steph @ The Silly Pearl says
Adorable kiddos! And such a fun post! Who knew that scarves could help bring out so much imagination!
thank you, Steph 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped in for visit and a little fun – this week full of scarves has been inspiring, hasn’t it?
Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
Oh my goodness how fun was it taking those adorable pictures?! Love your imagination! XO
aww, thanks, Christy 🙂 This whole ScarfWeek gave us new and creative ideas, didn’t it?
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
I feel inspired to take on the WORLD after reading this post! Truly, Linda, you have the gift of motivation. And I just got fired up about the creative (and educational) possibilities that can exist with a treasure chest full of bright and colorful scarves. No doubt, those fun photos of your kiddos playing with the scarves in such innovative ways had something to do with it. This can actually help me with a theatre exercise I’ve done before involving a scarf…you’ve really got my gears turning! What a fantastic project in our Grand Finale of Scarf Week 2015. While I’m sad to see it end, it certainly went out with a bang thanks to you gals. Virtual hug comin’ your way, Linda. Off to pin this gem!
thank you so much, Lauren, for your sweet comment – I must say you and your perky creativeness are motivation for me as well! And thank you for spear-heading Scarf Week! It was a lot of fun, and I’m thrilled to have been able to participate. So MANY amazing, creative people out there 🙂
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures says
I completely forgot what it was like to be a kid and see all the possibilities in everything around us. What a great post, and a reminder to keep an open mind and use our imagination. Who knew scarves could be so many things? 🙂
we all need that reminder of how magical childhood is don’t we? Thanks for stopping in, Katie – let your imagination soar!