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I am a big fan of stenciling on furniture and walls, so why not on fabric? I was very excited to try the new home decor stencils and paints from Tulip for Your Home and to create a custom decorative pillow.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

When the big box of stencils, paint and supplies arrived, I knew I was going to have to call in a special design assistant to help me with this project.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

Owls and flowers and polka dots and pink and purple and blue and green don’t fit with the sports-and-dinosaurs theme Jackson has going on in his bedroom.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

So, I invited our neighbor McKenzie to come craft with me for an afternoon while I sent Jackson to play Legos and Wii with her brother.

McKenzie made all the design decisions and did most of the hard work of stenciling her pillow to match her pink and blue room, while I handled set up and clean up.

Project Supplies:

  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint in Aqua
  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint in Raspberry
  • Tulip polka dot textile stencil
  • Tulip owl textile stencil
  • Tulip stencil adhesive
  • Tulip foam paint roller
  • Tulip pillow cover
  • freezer paper or wax paper
  • paper or plastic plate
  • drop cloth or old towel

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

We started out by covering the craft table with an old towel, then slid a sheet of freezer paper inside the pillow cover, which had been prewashed. This was to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side. You could also use cardboard or wax paper or foil. Spray the matte side of the stencil lightly with stencil adhesive, wait a minute, then press onto the pillow cover.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

Squirt fabric paint onto a paper plate and roll your foam roller lightly in the paint. Begin by rolling on your background color, making sure your roller isn’t too saturated with paint. McKenzie chose hot pink polka dots for her background.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

Allow to dry for a few minutes, then remove the stencil and allow to dry completely. Be sure to wash your stencil and roller and dry it so it’s ready for the next step.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

Once the background coat of paint has dried (we allowed about an hour), spray your smaller stencil with adhesive and press down.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

Roll on your second coat of paint in a contrasting color. Be careful not to roll off the edges and get paint on your pillow. (We should have used painter’s tape to mask off the edges. But we were careful.)

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

After a few minutes, carefully remove the stencil and allow pillow case to dry completely. After 72 hours, you can wash the pillowcase inside out, if necessary.

You may notice that we got some paint on the edges of our pillowcase because we failed to use tape to mask it off when painting the background. No worries there. McKenzie was so easygoing about the artistic blunder (not like my child would have been!).

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

But we did decide to cover it up by edging the pillow with some decorative ribbon that I attached using fabric glue.

How to Stencil Your Own Decorative Throw Pillows

What a fab fun project, great for kids and adults. I can’t wait to use these stencils again to make make some decorative tote bags and other projects for my home. While we were waiting for the paint to dry on her pillow, McKenzie painted an owl t-shirt to match it.

For more great crafting ideas, check out I Love to Create on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tulip’s blog.

You can also see how other bloggers are using Tulip for Your Home products to stencil their own decorative pillows.


  1. Very cute! I know a couple of teenagers who would love this project for their own bedrooms!

  2. How fun! Now you know a teeny bit of what it’s like parenting a girl! The pillow is too cute!

  3. How nice it must have been for the “cutie neighbor” to create such a fun pillow!…Love it…and great pillow inspiration!

    • Atta Girl Amy

      We had a great time crafting together. It is so different crafting with a little girl than with a boy! Girls wiggle less! :) We love having great neighbors who we can trade kids with. (And now I can say that I also helped McKenzie make her mom a surprise for Mother’s Day while she was down here painting her pillow. She made Michelle the cutest “Best Mom Ever” apron. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your son and little cutie — and maybe your mom, too!

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