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Tie-Dye-Effect Scarf

Use this innovative spray technique to make a multicolored scarf without the mess of traditional dyes.




Resources: Simply SprayAmazon. White China silk scarf used on show from Dharma Trading Company


  • Iron
  • Silk scarf
  • Drop cloth or garbage bag for protecting work surface
  • Simply Spray soft fabric paint in two or three colors of your choice
  • Simply Spray soft fabric paint in black
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Clothesline and clothespin


  1. Step 1

    Spread out silk scarf on a covered, flat surface. Spray silk scarf with two to three colors of fabric paint to create desired base pattern. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Scrunch the left and right sides of dyed scarf, making loose 1-inch pleats. Secure on ends with binder clips.

  3. Step 3

    Lightly spray pleated scarf with water.

  4. Step 4

    Spray black fabric paint over pleated scarf. Unfold and hang on clothesline to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Once dry, iron with a cool iron.

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Reviews (1)

  • ElyseLucie 7 Jun, 2010

    Dharma Trading also sells dyes to make the real tie-dye. You can tie the silk scarf with rubber bands and follow directions for Procion dyes to dye in the microwave. Easy. You can do this to tie dye or dye 2 colors in a mottled dye effect. The scarf will stay soft using dyes instead of paints. The silk will also stay more lusterous.