DIY Multi-Strand Textured Scarf

Nothing beats the versatility of a classic white cotton t-shirt. You can pair with jeans on the weekend, a high-waisted black pencil skirt for the office or toss an oversized tee over a swimsuit for a day at the beach. But you know what else is great about a t-shirt? It makes a great DIY material! For this project, in partnership with Brit + Co., we decided to turn two white cotton t-shirts into two totally different scarves. Check out the video above to see each of these pieces come to life, and follow along for the in-depth tutorial.

What you need


What you need

  • White Cotton T-Shirt
  • Tumble Dye Spray Dye
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s Tape

Let's Get Started

Step 1

Gather all materials. This scarf is all about texture and layers. We went with two colors but you could definitely go nuts and make every strand a different color. 

Step 2

Cut your t-shirt in half under the sleeves. Cut in half again so you have two tubes.

Step 3

Slip the first tube of cotton over a piece of cardboard. Spray with mint dye.

Step 4

Step 5

Cut into strips.

Step 6

Once you have the strips, stretch them so they roll to create a more cord-like shape.

Step 7

Take the other half and cut into strips. Pull them apart to create more cord-like shapes.

Step 8


Step 9

Secure your braid at both ends.

Step 10

Spray braids with purple dye. 

Step 11

Take one of the teal strands and cut into two small pieces. You’ll use these to bind all the pieces together.

Step 12

Group all of your strands together and tie into two or three spots. It’s up to you!

Step 13

Voila! Your DIY multi-strand textured scarf is ready to rock!

Step 14

Thanks again to Brit + Co for helping create our DIY Series.

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