DIY Hand Printed Reindeer Infinity Scarves

Scarves are one of my favorite accessories. I wear them year round, but especially enjoy cozying up in a great scarf during the winter. A few weeks ago I noticed my boys’ necks looked cold, so I whipped up a couple of these simple hand-stamped scarves for them. It’s super easy to carve an original design with just an eraser and an exacto knife, so naturally I carved mine into a reindeer.

The stamping part of this project is fun and easy, so it’s a great one to do with school-aged kids (mine are a bit too young still). It’s also inexpensive (each scarf ringing in around $3, if you buy your knit at JoAnn’s), so it makes a great handmade Christmas gift.

You’ll need: some lengths of stretchy fabric (mine are all between 10-12″ wide and about 30-60″ long), a rubber eraser, a sharpie, and exacto knife (or carving tool), and some fabric paint (I used all different colors of Jacquard Lumiere.)

First, draw a simple deer head on your stamp with a sharpie. Carefully slice around the edges of your design with the exacto knife. Go around the design again, this time with the knife at the opposite angle, cutting a v-shaped chunk from the eraser. Continue to gently carve away the eraser around the design.

If you have a set of carving tools, you probably know how to use them. Carve all away around the design and out to all four edges, leaving just the reindeer head elevated.

Pour some paint onto a flat surface. I use an old plastic plate. If you have a brayer, use that to flatten the paint out into an thin, even pool. I just gravity help even it out by rolling it from one side to the other. Dip your stamp into the paint as if it were a stamp pad, then stamp onto a test piece of fabric to see if there are any parts that need to be carved down further. Mine had one little corner, so I carved it down and tried again. When the tester comes out clean, you’re ready to roll.

The perfect amount of paint will vary depending on your design and how thick your paint is. This is what my stamp looked like with a perfect amount for a clean stamp. Pretty, right? I love the subtle shimmer of the Lumiere paints.

The perfect stamp feels like a kiss. Be gentle and just kiss the fabric with the paint. Continue stamping randomly all over the fabric, changing the orientation of the stamp. Let the paint dry completely. (If you want to learn more about hand stamping, Mim has some great tips!)

On some of my scarves, I repeated the reindeer stamp on the back side. On others, I got creative with stripes and polka dots. The knit fabric won’t fray, so it’s super easy to leave the edges unfinished. To make the scarf an infinity scarf, twist one end, so the front side is against the back side, then stitch with a zig zag stitch across the edge, closing the loop.

Making cozy scarves for all of your friends (children, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.) has never been so cute and easy! 

 Tomorrow’s reindeer DIY is nature-inspired, and puts a new spin on an old favorite! Don’t miss it!


  1. Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    i used to make eraser stamps when i was a kid. i completely forgot how much fun that was! these scarfs are adorable , i love the reindeer print.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      It is fun, and so simple! I hope you grab some erasers and re-visit your childhood:)

  2. Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    that photo of you wearing all of them at once is the bomb.

    And seriously, how awesome is reindeer week!!!

    • Miranda
      Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      haha, thanks Meg!

  3. Posted December 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I am totally enjoying reindeer week!! I love you graphic and all your projects so far. Hoping there won’t be a reindeer meat recipe. haha.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Haha, nope. No recipes this round:) I think I ate deer meat once, though, and it wasn’t half bad!

  4. Caroline Simmons
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome!!! I am totally excited to try this. Loving reindeer week!!!!

    • Miranda
      Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      It’s so fun Care, you’ll love it! I can’t wait to see what your spot-on-stylish mind comes up with:)


  5. kate
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    so cute!

  6. Posted December 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    These are so fantastic! I don’t know why, but it has never occurred to me to give merritt a circle scarf–he would look so handsome! Thanks for the linky, and I love your Reindeer week graphic too!

  7. Posted December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    How cute are these?!?!?! Love ’em!

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