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Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Loop Scarf

I decided to make some Valentine’s Day loop scarves for the girls – a super simple Valentine’s Day craft for those of you, like me, who like to create, but also like to keep it easy.

Basically you cut a t-shirt, paint a design on both sides, and then wear it like a rock star.


  • t-shirt (preferably an adult M or L)
  • piece of cardboard to slide inside the shirt
  • fabric paint
  • sponge paintbrushes (look for the brushes they sell with the fabric paint)
  • paper plate for the paint
  • heart stencil (I made mine with a piece of posterboard and a heart punch)

Cutting the t-shirt

After washing and ironing the shirt (uh, I kind of skipped the ironing step…), cut straight across under the arms and cut off the bottom hem. Slide a piece of stiff cardboard inside the fabric to keep it flat and to keep the paint from bleeding through.

Fabric painting a Valentine's Day scarf

Several hearts painted on this Valentine's Day scarf

Paint paint paint!

Easy Valentine's Day scarf by Charlotte's Fancy

Let the first side dry thoroughly (won’t take long), then flip it over and paint the other side.

I made a gray one with white hearts too!

Gray Valentine's Scarf by Charlotte's Fancy

Easy peasy.

I’d show you a picture of the girls wearing the scarves, but they are a Valentine’s Day secret. If you want to see how it looks when you wear it, check out the picture of the Marimekko-inspired scarves we made a couple of years ago.

My friend Jen over at Classic Play has another painted fabric scarf tutorial that is so cute and just as easy – go take a look.

More easy-to-make (last minute!) Valentine’s Day crafts:

This votive is one of my all-time favorites.
Try this easy sugar scrub recipe.
These dyed doilies are by far my most popular blog post.

Images: Charlotte’s Fancy


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25 Ideas for Winter Fun

Feeling a little cooped up? Need some ideas for fun things to make, bake and do? I’ve rounded up a list of my 25 favorites.

MakeWinter village by Mer Mag

1. A winter village like this one by Mer Mag

2. Snow globes by Martha

3. This fun mini viewer (would make a sweet Valentine’s Day gift!)

4. Photos of special people, favorite toys, pets, friends and make a tiny book (by Printstagram):

Prinstagram book

5. A terrarium (find a tutorial here or buy one of these which repurposes wine bottles)

6. Gold leaf papier mache bowls by Kelli Murray:

Gold leaf papier mache DIY by Kelli Murray

7. Cupcake liner ribbons (good for Valentine’s Day or birthdays)

8. Dozens of printable activities at Mr. Printables, including this sweet “My Paper World

9. Washi tape crafts: decorate notebooks, make a washi tape town (and use this washi tape), or even frame some prints on your wall with washi tape.

10. Don’t have a lot of space? Here’s a collapsible cardboard house for your little ones.

11. Sweet little calendar by Eat Drink Chic to give as gifts to your friends:

sweet 2013 printable calendar by Eat Drink Chic


12. Salted caramal apple pocket pies! Get the recipe from Just a Taste here.

salted caramel apple pies by Just a Taste

13. Hot chocolate + marshmallows (ever made your own hot chocolate and marshmallows?)

14. Homemade pretzels (I usually double this recipe by Elephantine)

15. Afternoon tea + sandwiches (get lots of traditional afternoon tea recipes here)

16. Heart shaped doughnuts by Sugar & Cloth

heart shaped donuts by Sugar and Cloth

17. 5 favorite cinnamon roll recipes from the Kitchn

18. Popovers with strawberry butter by Sweet Paul


19. Listen to episodes of RadioLab and learn fascinating stuff

20. Learn how to grow a pineapple from Instructables

21. Play outside in the snow. Make colored spray and build the perfect snowman:


22. Cool and inexpensive home science projects to blow your mind, like making a pickle glow!

23. Attend art school with Classic Play

24. Draw mustaches and funny hats with a sharpie on models in your old catalogs and magazines

25. Have an outdoor winter treasure hunt! (And 22 other great winter activities).

winter treasure hunt via ivillage

What if you live where it’s warm and there’s no snow, you ask? Check out my 25 Ideas for Summer Family Fun and 25 More Ideas for Summer Fun.

That’s 75 ideas – now go do something!

Images from top to bottom (see links above):  Mer Mag, Printstagram, Kelli Murray, Eat Drink Chic, Just a Taste, Sugar and Cloth, Yuki Sakugawa (Secret tips from the Yumiverse), and iVillage

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Wrapping It Up

Chalkboard presents by Going Home to Roost

Polka Dots by Squirrelly Minds

Colorful presents by Minimega

White black and neon pink presents by kronprinsessene

A few last minute gift wrapping ideas that work for Christmas and just about any other occasion from (in order): Going Home to Roost, Squirrelly Minds, Minimega, and Kronprincessene. And for more great DIY Christmas ideas, see Tiger Wallman Hellström’s DIY Christmas Pinterest board, which is loaded with inspiration.

I’ve been writing Charlotte’s Fancy since August of 2008. When I started it, I didn’t know how rewarding it would be. Above all else, I’ve enjoyed the community it has given me – the feedback and friendship from you kind readers here as well as on Twitter. It’s been a wonderful creative outlet too, as well as an opportunity to support independent artists/shops in any way I can (which makes me feel like I’m doing something useful).

I’ve been struggling lately with whether or not it’s time to say goodbye to Charlotte’s Fancy for a variety of reasons, but I’ve decided that I would miss it, and don’t really want to give it up. If I post less frequently (not every day), I could offer better ideas, more comprehensive information, and more original content (there was a time, believe it or not, when I published my own craft ideas every week).

So in 2013, I’ll be experimenting a little with what feels right – perhaps it’s just one post a week, perhaps I only post when I have inspiration. In any case, I hope you’ll stick with me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your comments and your “likes” which encourage me to keep going. I appreciate you all so much.

Sending you warm holiday wishes and wishing you a bright 2013.



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Easy Color Block Garland

Color block garland supplies. Craft by Project Wedding Color block garland by Project Wedding

This One Lovely Day/Project Wedding craft looks tailor-made for Valentine’s Day, but imagine switching the red and pink for black and metallic gold, or silver and pink for a lovely New Year’s party decoration.

The best crafts are the ones that can be easily adapted for many different occasions.

Get the tutorial here.

Images: One Lovely Day/Project Wedding

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DIY Sequin Ornaments

DIY acorn ornament by Skunk Boy Blog

I love this Christmas ornament craft by Katie over at the Skunk Boy Blog. Simple and pretty and, best of all, easy!

Get the tutorial here. See all of her DIY ideas (lots of fun ones!) here.

Image: Skunk Boy Blog
via Pinterest

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Glitter Candles

Glitter candles DIY by Brunch at Sak's

Clever, easy little craft by Brunch at Sak’s to add some sparkle to your home. I’ve been looking for ways to use the Martha Stewart glitter I have, so I’m ready to make a few of these.

Image: Brunch at Sak’s

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Holiday Hostess Gift


Holiday hostess gift by Sugar and Cloth Hot chocolate hostess gift by Sugar and Cloth

Sugar and Cloth offers a tutorial on this really unique hostess gift: a coffee stained wood box (which she personalized by burning a monogram onto the lid) with hot chocolate supplies for two inside. Even if you don’t have time to make the box, putting the hot chocolate supplies into spice jars with a little baker’s twine for decoration is a particularly nice gift idea.

Many more DIY ideas on her blog here.

Images: Sugar and Cloth

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Washi Tape Christmas Decorations

Washi tape Christmas ornaments by Pysselbolaget

Washi tape Christmas ornaments by Pysselbolaget 2

Cute, colorful, easy Christmas decorations made with different colors and patterns of washi tape. Love this idea from Pysselbolaget for The Southern Institute!

Get the tutorial here.

Images: Pysselbolaget for The Southern Institute

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Your Closet Never Looked So Good

DIY Hangers via DesignLoveFest

Stumbled across these great hangers from Designlovefest on Pinterest. Don’t you love the colors? Sand, spray paint, and let them dry. It’s that easy. See the full blog post here.

Hope you all have a good weekend. See you in December!

Image: Designlovefest

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Make These: Accordion Paper Trees

Season-Accordian-Tree by Minted

Minted shares this simple but pretty – and easy! – accordion paper tree craft on their blog, including a downloadable template, to make your home a little more festive this holiday season. Don’t miss their other cute holiday crafts, too, including this Let It Snow Treat Jar by Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave.

Image: Minted

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