Sharpie Marker Scarves

This was an experience. Let’s just say I was crazy enough to give a 4 and 6-year-old permanent markers to play with. And here are the results:

Spoiler Alert: Wendy, if you are reading this stop now.

Markered ScarvesThe above results, became this below.

DSCN8888This project will be our November’s Mini Retreat project, but I will not be able to attend so I decided to give it a try anyway. My directions are based on what I understood and amended to what I did with Grace and Noah.


  • Silk scarf (mine came from Dharma Trading Company
  • Freezer paper
  • Sharpie pens
  • Rubbing alcohol (91%)
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic gloves (whoops forgot)
  • Drop cloth (I did mine outside)

Iron scarf to the shiny/wazy side of the freezer paper, I taped mine to a table I wasn’t worried about. I also moved all fabric projects away from the area. Remember I am working with children. Taping it helped keep the paper in one place to make it easier for them to color. Scarves ready to colorChoose one or two colors of Sharpies and go to town. Ideally the more you color the deeper your results will be. It was hard to get Noah to concentrate on just coloring all over. He wanted to draw. I promised to take lots of pictures of what he drew so his mom would be able to see his pictures. Otherwise he wasn’t willing to let the colors run. Noah's scarf drawingGrace just enjoyed the process. I think she has the advantage of only being 4.Grace Coloring her scarf

Fun in watching what happens when you just put the marker tip on the scarf and watch the circle grow.Marker Circles Ready for the next step, which we did the next morning. I figured it would be safer for them to do in their pj’s in case any marker got on their clothing. Markered ScarvesNext step, put the alcohol in the spray bottle and then spray your scarf. I held the scarves up to make it easier for them to spray. This needs to be done outside. Grace with Sprayed ScarfNoah's Sprayed ScarfI also collected the “dye” and alcohol in a bowl beneath the scarf. I knew that they hadn’t applied enough color, so I let the scarves soak a bit. Squeezed them out. Suggestion, have paper towel and towel handy.

Soaking Scarves TowelHanging to dry. This didn’t take long. Hanging to dry Press your scarf well to set color. I’ve been told this part is critical.

Grace’s scarf, purple with a bit of teal. Grace's ScarfNoah’s scarf, red with some orange. Noah's Scarf

Even though more color would have had a better mottled look, I think these came out wonderfully. I have two more scarves so they will be able to do it again. These are a Christmas present for mom.

Crafting on the journey, Jackie

P.S. You might wonder about them keeping it a Christmas surprise.

Their dad sent me a text. Apparently mom asked what they did all week at our house and Grace started to talk. Noah said, “Dont tell her about the s-c-” Dad replied, “Don’t spell it!” Noah apparently thinks his mom can’t spell. 🙂 Priceless.

  • val

    Adorable and looks like a lot of fun was had by all!!!

  • Carol McD

    this is so great! you are the best gramma in the world and those kids are going to grow up to be smart and creative (to say nothing about good looking – i’m going to pin this on pinterest – love

    • Jackie

      Thanks Carol. Loved doing these types of things with my children growing up. I’m glad I get a chance to do it with the grandkids.

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  • Sandra Walker

    Aww, this takes me back to doing crafts with my girls… Love the part where Noah thinks his mom can’t spell!!

    • Jackie

      Thanks for stopping by Sandra. Noah’s only 6 and his spelling words are the typical, “hat”, “sat” etc. I’d like to know how he would have spelled the word. 🙂

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