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Out of the Box DIY Pillows

Out of the Box DIY Pillows
Out of the Box DIY Pillows
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If you are looking for bedroom decor ideas, then these Out of the Box DIY Pillows could be a fantastic project for you. This DIY home decor tutorial will show you how to stencil a funky box pattern on your DIY pillow covers. Who would have thought that changing some pillows could transform your DIY bedroom decor into something amazing? Bedding sets can be overpriced and not really what you want, but you can customize these DIY pillows to have a new look or match your previous designs.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Stencil Ease® Duxbury Wall Painting Stencil
  • Stencil Ease® Repositionable Adhesive Spray
  • Ikea® DVALA Pillowcase, 2 pack, dark blue
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint, White Wash
  • DecoArt® Americana® Fabric Painting Medium
  • Shurtape Technologies LLC Frog Tape®
  • Stencil Ease® 5/8” Stencil Brush, White Bristle
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper or Plastic Plate
  • Large piece of cardboard cut to fit inside of pillow case

Out of the Box DIY Pillows

Painted Pillow Case Instructions

  1. Spray the back of the Stencil Ease® Duxbury Wall Painting Stencil as well as the large piece of cardboard very lightly with the Stencil Ease® Repositionable Adhesive Spray and let the adhesive dry.

  2. Push the piece of cardboard, with adhesive facing up, inside of the Ikea® DVALA Pillowcase and smooth out the material (you won’t need to iron the fabric and this will keep it from moving around as you paint it).

  3. Position the stencil onto the pillowcase making sure to align it with the edge of the seams on the fabric so it’s straight.

  4. Adhere Frog Tape® to the fabric under each triangle registration mark and mark them.

  5. Mix equal parts DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint, White Wash and DecoArt® Americana® Fabric Painting Medium and pour some of the mixture onto the plate.

  6. Load your Stencil Ease® 5/8” White Bristle Stencil Brush with White Wash DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint and then swirl the brush onto your paper towel until it seems like all of the paint is removed. This creates a dry brush and leaves the perfect amount of paint on your bristles. Using a dry brush prevents paint from seeping under the cut-outs of the stencil. This part of the process is essential if you would like clean/ crisp lines when you lift your stencil.

  7. Either stipple (lightly tapping over the stencil cut-outs) or swirl the paint onto the fabric.

  8. You can immediately remove the stencil and line up the registration marks for your next repeat, either vertically or horizontally. The instructions on how to use the registration mark system are included with your stencil.

  9. Repeat this process until you have completely covered the fabric.

  10. Allow the table to dry completely overnight.

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This is such a cute and great idea! Seriously this is a really easy way to decorate and switch up your typical boring pillow pattern!


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