Linda's Upcycled Spring Scarf Holder

By Carla Jordan

Linda Hale,

Scarves are such fun to accessorize with. But keeping those little pretties organized? That's glum, not fun...until now. Check out this charming scarf holder made by upcyling expert Linda Hale, owner of Red Door Antique in Tupelo, Mississippi (and an Olde Century Colors dealer). All Linda needed was a discarded metal spring, a leftover board and some colorful Olde Century Colors paint.


"For this project, Olde Century Colors paint was perfect. Its consistency is perfect…not too thick, not to thin; which makes it easy to work with especially when you're painting polka dots," says Linda. "And although Olde Century Colors simulated milk paint doesn't require wax -which is why I prefer it any chalk paint in the market- when I chose to give my board an extra layer of wax to make sure it was extra smooth and wouldn't snag the scarves, the paint took the wax beautifully."


Ready to spring into action?  Follow Linda's lead and your stack of scarves will soon be nothing but a messy memory!


Supplies Needed:

1/2- 3/4" thick board

Sandpaper-medium grit


Olde Century Colors simulated milk paints: #3001 Buttercup Yellow, #3009 Settlers Blue and #3010 Dark Mallard Blue

#BRICL Briwax finishing paste wax, color-clear

2-inch paint brush

Round foam brushes or other shapes, as desired

Large coil spring from an old couch, chair, car, bicyle seat, mattress or even a Slinky™ toy (Linda used a spring from a discarded guitar string display from her local music store)

Electric staple gun

Drill with 1/4” bit

2 lengths of ribbon,  each cut 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 times the length of board

Tape (to thread ribbon through board holes)

Craft embellishments like wood letters





Spread spring out so that the coils run evenly across that board, then measure and cut the board a couple of inches wider than the spring. If you want to decorate the top of the board like Linda did, cut it at least 10-12" higher than the spring.


Sand board, then remove dust with cheesecloth.


Paint the board front and sides your desired color.  Linda used #3001 Buttercup Yellow simulated milk paint.  Dry.


Linda Hale,


Paint varying sizes of polka dots along board front. Linda used two shades of blue (#3009 Settlers Blue and #3010 Dark Mallard Blue) simulated milk paints to create depth.  Dry.


Apply one coat of #BRIC Briwax finishing paste wax to board front and sides to create an extra smooth surface that won't snag scarves; and to mute the colors together.


Staple spring to board front by starting on one end (position spring an inch or so above the bottom of the board). Stretch spring to the opposite end of board, then staple (Linda used three staples to securely fasten each end of the spring). Then, secure the entire spring to board by stapling each section of spring that touches the board.



To personalize your scarf holder, add initials to the top of the board (remember, the bottom will be covered with scarves); or embellish it with painted dots, stripes or zig-zags. Or glam it up with faux gemstones (make it sparkly!).


Drill a hole at the top of the board on each side. Place tape on the end of your ribbon to make it easy thread it through the hole without fraying.  Thread ribbon through holes, then secure it by making a knot behind each hole. Tie at the top in a bow.


Linda Hale,


To show how well other color combinations work in this project, Linda also created this scarf holder using Olde Century Colors #2037 Firethorn latex paint, and  #3010 Dark Mallard Blue and #3002 Goldenrod Yellow simulated milk paints.


"The spring holds three to four scarves on each section in a way that allows you see all of the scarves," adds LInda. "The curves of the spring also makes it easy to pull scarves from the holder. And you know what?  With an scarf holder like this, I'm not only better organized but I'm wearing a lot more of my scarves because I can actually see and remember what I have!"

About the Author

Carla Jordan is a nationally published design, cooking/entertaining and lifestyle writer.  Her work can be found in well-regarded magazines and newspapers; as well as online.  She resides in a Dallas-area home of many colors because she can't resist painting this, that and everything.