I’ve always found that the key to hosting a great crafternoon is to keep the craft project simple so that guests of all craft levels will enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon with friends. Keeping it simple will make your life as a mini Martha Stewart easier as well!This weekend my spring fling crafternoon was no exception to the simplicity rule when my friends and I created beautiful scarves with little more than sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and blank silk scarves. Here’s what a Currie crafternoon looks like.
As you can tell from the photo above the concept is basic yet super magical! When using an eye dropper to disperse the rubbing alcohol it creates a beautiful water color look. The below series of photos represents the design first and then spray on rubbing alcohol last method.
First draw a design in various colors but don’t expect this design to stay true! The thicker the lines the more likely they will continue through once the rubbing alcohol is added.
The bleed of the design also depends on how you apply the rubbing alcohol. The above design was sprayed with liberal amounts of alcohol which eventually resulted in a more even bleed.
You see my plastic table covers? You’ll want to prepare your space for this craft by covering your tables in disposable plastic and make sure to create a space (preferably outdoors) for hanging the scarves so they can dry in between ink applications. Also keep in mind that you’ll want to complete this project outdoors or in a heavily ventilated area as rubbing alcohol is potent.
Once the rubbing alcohol is dry you can add more design/rubbing alcohol or if you are happy with your design you can heat set it by putting it in the dryer on high heat for 15-20 minutes. Then it’s time for a photo shoot!
And what fun are scarves if you don’t twirl them around?
I purchased my silk scarves in bulk from Dharma Trading Company and we used various widths of Sharpie permanent markers to create our designs. Then we sprayed and/or dropped 91% rubbing alcohol onto the scarves. Once we were all happy with our scarves I heat set them in the dryer on the highest heat for 15 minutes. It’s also advised to hand wash the scarves and expect a little color bleeding on first wash.
I’m delighted that each girl went with totally different designs and they all turned out simply marvelous! Wouldn’t these make for great Mother’s Day gifts!? Survey says yes!