Fourth of July Inspired Scarf Makeover

To be honest, I've never really been into wearing patriotic apparel. Don't get me wrong, I'm so proud to be able to call this country home, but until recent years most of the patriotic clothing I've seen was ultra cheesy. I'm really loving how the past couple of years, fashion has really taken on the patriotic spirit and created some really beautiful pieces repping the good ole red, white, and blue. I wanted to create a scarf for the fourth so that I could tie in the holiday but not go overboard on the look. 

I purchased this scarf at a local craft store for $3.00. I started by dipping the end into a bowl of blue dye. I mixed in some water with the dye to dilute the color, giving it a less saturated look. Next, with a sponge brush, I created four stripes from the edge of the blue all the way down with a red dye. Using a sponge brush will give the stripes a really messy look. Once it dried, I dipped the edge of a sponge brush in bleach and splotched it in various places on the blue section for the stars. Lastly, I dyed the entire scarf with a light tan color, giving it a worn, muted tone. 

Have you created anything patriotic to wear for the fourth of July? If so, leave a link!


  1. This is awesome. Happy 4th!

  2. What a cool DIY! I will most definitely be doing this before Thursday.

    By the way, I'm loving the pony-tail look you've been rocking lately. Super pretty!

  3. Wow! What a beautiful dip-dyed and painted piece! I totally agree with you on the cheesiness of most patriotic clothing items - the fact that they are so obvious makes it a bit obnoxious. Your piece, in contrast, isn't too loud and can be made even more subtle by scrunching the scarf up around your neck. Awesome!

    I also wanted to say that I love your blog. I initially came across your blog from Modcloth, but then rediscovered it on my own when I was doing a separate search. (I think I was looking for fashion on pinterest or something...can't remember!) I spent some time back-reading your older entries and I loved so many things - the fashion, the photography, the diys... You have such a sure sense of style and purpose for someone at your age and I really admire that!

  4. Very cool DIY! I agree that a lot of patriotic clothing can be uber-cheesy, but this scarf is definitely subtle enough to work into a normal outfit. Great idea!


  5. I love this! I've never been too patriotic either as far as the way I dress. I think this is lovely though. I wish I had time to try it before the 4th!


  6. Hey,

    amazing pictures and a beautiful outfit :)




  7. The scarf turned out beautiful! Love it.

  8. Oh my goodness I love this so so much! So subtle and beautiful!

    Juliette Laura

  9. Happy birthday America! ;)

    xo Jennifer


  10. Kinsey, I totally love this!

  11. Beautiful, Kinsey! And this is totally a scarf you could wear on the fourth or any other day of the year. Really lovely.

    ♥ Natalie of LIVE TEACH ALASKA

  12. I'm not into patriotic items either, but this scarf is really gorgeous!


  13. lovely!!! its not too BAM AMERICAN in your face :)
    --Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

  14. Pretty! I live in Canada so i won't be celebrating, but if I was, I'd make this flag in a heart beat. It's actually really cute so I might just make it anyways!


  15. what a creative idea. love this.

    xo. m.

  16. That's a cute scarf! And it's not all "LOOK AT ME! I'M AMERICAN!"

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life

  17. Cool idea! I'm all about scarves. I refashioned a peplum top to wear. It's like wearing a Fourth of July tablecloth =D

  18. Your creativity is truly inspiring! Love this! & totally agree with you about the whole patriotic wear. But love how fashion has taken it in recent years.

  19. Awesome! I have mutual feelings on patriotic clothing as you, so this would be such an easy project!

  20. wow, I love the subtlety of this scarf!
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  21. Definitely one of the classiest patriotic accessories I've ever seen! I love how you went for a more subtle effect here. And you look stunning as always, that last photo is beautiful :)

    - Kelsey @ Time Stand Still


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