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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 17, 2013

DIY holiday gifts: striped pashmina

I’m not a knitter or crocheter (anyone want to teach me?) so completely handmade scarves are out when it comes to gift giving. But I do like to add my own personal touch to a classic pashmina. I bought these in bulk for $5 each from a street vendor in New York, but there are also affordable options here.

Here’s what you need:
A solid pashmina
Painter’s tape and measuring tape
Fabric paint
A little water and a foam brush

I chose to add stripes to the bottom of my scarf. The width and amount of the stripes is entirely up to you. Use a measuring tape to try and tape your lines straight. Tape them off, securing the scarf to your surface so there isn’t any movement when you paint.

Dilute the fabric paint with one part paint, two parts water. Mix it all together. This creates a nice, washed effect.

Paint along the exposed area, careful not to put it on too heavily. Less is more since you don’t want to risk anything leaking under the tape.

I let mine dry overnight and then removed the tape. It turned out pretty straight, thankfully!

For an extra step, paint on someone’s monogram or embroider it on. This is also a great technique to do on kitchen towels as a holiday hostess gift.

Stay tuned for another holiday DIY project next week. If you missed our last one, click right here.

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Unless you have a bevy of elves at your disposal who can spring to your assistance like some Kris Kringle flash mob, you’ve got some work to do. And fast. It’s time to pull off some last-minute holiday heroics, and we have some ideas.
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