DIY Watercolor Pillows

DIY Watercolor Pillows:

What you'll need: Scroll down to see where to purchase stencils, paint and sponges

- pillowcase or cushion case
- acrylic paint or fabric paint (not watercolors)
- water
- brushes
- card board
- stencils
- sponge

How to do it:

1. Grab your pillow case.

2. Mix some water with your paint. The thinner the paint the lighter the color. Test it on some scrap fabric first, and start with a lighter color if you're worried. You can always add more paint later.

3. Make sure to put a cardboard between the layers of your pillowcase before painting so that the paint doesn't go through both layers.

4. Choose your design. I usually like to use wall stencils or tile stencils as I think it gives a certain charm to the pillow. To blend in the colours you can use a sponge by gently dabbing it. The not wet the sponge or it'll smudge your design.

Listed below are the items you need to recreate this pillow. They are all available on Amazon at a very reasonable price. This stencil is one of my absolute favourite patterns and just looks amazing anywhere! I mean imagine how it would look on your couch or bed or even as a birthday present?!

Here are some other inspirations:


For the giraffe and sea turtle watercolour pillow, you can use a similar stencils also available on Amazon:

5. Once you have finished your design, let it dry overnight.

And there you have it. A beautiful watercolor pillow! I hope this tutorial was helpful!



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    1. Hello Lianna, I've tried washing the pillow case and the paint didn't come off so yes you can put it in the washing machine.

  2. I'll try to do this

  3. Doesn't it fade when it gets wet? Or does the paint wears off when you wash it?

  4. Can you just do this directly onto the pillow?

  5. After painting, do you have to place item in dryer to seal the paint?

  6. Amazing but I need to learn how to paint before I do this!!!!

  7. These are beautiful!

  8. how do you make the stencils?

  9. can you use tye dye paint for this too?

  10. I tried indigo dye before but never tried tye dye diy project.

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