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For the longest time, I seemed to hoard scarves. I never wear them, so it was a kind of puzzling collection. But every single thrift store I ever go into has a basket full of them, usually priced somewhere in the 25 cents to $1.00 range. Brightly colored, fabulously patterned, and a really beautiful snapshot of whatever era they are from; geometrics from the 50’s, daisies from the 60’s, wild stripes from the 70’s. I just couldn’t pass them up. I think it was about the time that I filled an entire drawer and 2 shopping bags that I knew I better come up with a use for them…
It came easily, gift wrap! No paper or tape involved, so it’s totally reusable and a clever way to be green. I get to pick a scarf that either matches the gift on the inside or is a favorite color of the recipient. I get to share my obsession with friends. And best of all, I get to keep buying them. Hooray, everyone wins!
Tip One: start buying scarves! Like I said, thrift stores always have them and for very little money. It’s an accessory that hasn’t really had popularity in awhile. Personally I think it would be sweet if we started wearing scarves over our hairdos on windy days. But until someone brings it back into fashion, a quarter can get you something really cute. Check out 2 of my favorites, a very Hermes looking horse print and a collectable homage to the musical South Pacific. (That’s the other good thing about this, you get to keep the really special ones. At least that’s what I do. But I’m stingy.)
Tip Two: Iron them (unlike I did for the picture of my favorites above). It makes for a much neater presentation and easier folding. Use a low setting if you’re unsure of the material.
Tip Four: A knot or bow that may look good on one shape may not work on another. But a tie that I do use often is the one shown. To achieve it, tie catty-corner ends together, then tie the other 2 directly on top of it. Like so!
As with anything practice makes perfect. I tend to never wrap 2 boxes alike. But these gifts are always guaranteed to be appreciated. People will think you’re very clever (and you can totally say it’s your idea, I don’t mind. That will make me feel better for being stingy with my good scarves.) And as with all of our we heart this how to’s, when people start fussing over how cute it is, you get to proudly exclaim “I did that!”