The Everyday Decorator presents two more quik 'n easy projects! A no-sew mantel scarf and a mirror dress-up project.
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To make the scarf, 1) decide upon the basic design you want. I chose a "wave" look, but you could opt for "points", a "wave-point-wave" combination, or even a "box" look.
2) Make a template from newspaper. You will need to tape together several sections to get the necessary length.
3) Measure the mantel length and add 2". Cut the template to this total measurement.
4) Measure the depth of the mantel and include the length you wish the scarf to hang over the edge. Add 1". Cut this total measurement from the template.
5) Using a marker, draw the design you have chosen for the front of the scarf. An easy way is to fold the template in half, and use a plate to draw curves, a showbox to draw the boxes, and a carpenter's square to make points.
6) Cut out the pattern from the template, and place on the wrong side of your fabric. Using a pencil or piece of chalk, trace the pattern onto the fabric, then cut the scarf using pinking sheers if available.
7) To hem the straight back and sides of the scarf, turn the fabric over 1" and secure with either hot glue or webbing tape and an iron. The pinking sheers suggested above are to prevent raveling.
8) Finally, hot glue the fringe onto the front of your scarf. You can also add buttons, tassels or any type of decorative trim.
Make several scarves using assorted colors and designs of fabric to decorate your mantel for the seasons as well as the holidays!
This same treatment could be added to the top of a larger or newer mirror to dress it up. For example, many new homes feature bathroom mirrors that have been simply attached to the wall without any kind of molding or adornment. A garland and flower treatment could add color and texture. Choose flowers that compliment the color scheme of the room. Add special touches - like the bird's nest and bird that I have chosen - to reflect your own personal style and the theme of the room.