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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

16 ways...Scarf Tutorial #10: Chilled Neck Wrap DIY


Well, if you don’t have central air (like I don’t), then chances are, you may be lying in a puddle trying to read this blog today. If that is the case, happy Fourth of July, puddle! Try and pull yourself together for this fashionable and cooling tutorial on this, #10 of my16 Ways To Style A Vintage Scarf series, sponsored by Hope’s Outlet thrift store chain!

I made a “cooling” neck scarf from a vintage scarf!

It was quite effortless. You need a vintage scarf, a section of pantyhose, rice or lentils, and a scarf. (OH! And a freezer).

Here’s what I did!

1) I used lentils because they are small and work well, but you could use rice or beans as well. Rice is probably best, but I’ve found lentils work rather well too. I poured out a small section to use. Don’t want too much weight around your neck for this!

2). I sewed the lentils into a little pack using a strip of pantyhose (shown here). As you can see, I also threw some stitches in rows so that the lentils would stay somewhat evenly separated, but you could easily skip this step—in fact, you could just tie off the ends as well.

3.) I threw the pack into the freezer (without the scarf).

4.) I had some vanilla ice cream with honey and walnuts. YES—this was necessary step. I had to do SOMETHING while I waited for the lentils to cool off!

5.) I wrapped the cool pack in a vintage scarf, tied it around my neck, and proceeded to look (and feel) cool!

There you have it! If you’ve ever done a WARM rice sock, you know that rice or beans keep heat for quite a long time, and the same is true of cool rice or beans. They stay cool longer than ice, but never melt or get messy. This is a great idea for anyone trying to keep cool…even while sitting around watching television or cleaning the house! A cotton scarf with the frozen pack would be great on a summer run or workout session, too! I’m not sure if I’ll make it that far today. I can barely move. Thinking about going out for a run sounds tempting…but I couldn’t even bare to put on makeup today. These are likely the only “au natural” photos you’ll ever see of me! Haha!


Get your own vintage scarf at one of three Hope's Outlet Thrift stores!

Hope's Outlet Thrift Stores are located at:

2424 Glade St., Muskegon, MI 49444

1974 E Sherman Blvd, Muskegon, MI 49444

1100 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417

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  1. What a great idea! I'm counting the days, and I think/hope I'll be home from Spain in time to score one of your awesome scarves from one of the equally awesome Hope's Outlets (:

  2. Thank you Alicia, for the kind comment! :) I'm sure you'll be in the running for one of the prizes! :D


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