Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils provided the stencil used for the project in this blog post. All opinions, images and love of Christmas pillows are 100% mine.
Guess what? I just added another Christmas throw pillow to the collection. I know, I know. But I just can’t get enough.
We all got Christmas stencils this month, and the projects are fab. Scroll down to the end of this blog post to see the other bloggers’ Christmas projects.
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Supply list for stenciling a pillow:
- Christmas stencil
- White pillow cover
- Pillow insert
- Red paint
- Green paint
- Gold paint (Be sure whatever paint you’re using can be used on fabric.)
- Paint tray (I almost always just use a paper plate.)
- Paint stir stick
- Painter’s tape
- Mini paint roller
- Foam brush
- Drop cloth (or old blanket)
How to stencil a pillow:
This is a simple project – perfect for this crazy busy time of year! It took me maybe 30 minutes to paint it and clean off my paint roller and stencil.
1. Prep your paint.
Shake and stir your paint. Pour some onto your paint tray (or paper plate – ha!).
Roll your roller through the paint to get rid of any excess paint. You want as little paint as possible on your roller so the paint doesn’t clump and smudge when you paint your pillow.
2. Prep your stencil.
I used painter’s tape to tape the stencil to the pillow cover so it wouldn’t move and smudge my paint.
I also put a couple HGTV magazines inside the pillow cover so that any paint wouldn’t bleed through to the other side of the pillow. I didn’t actually need it because paint didn’t bleed through but better safe than sorry.
Roll the roller over your stencil. Start with light pressure and add more as needed. It’s easier to add paint than try to remove excess paint.
I started with the gold to cover the ‘Noel’ part of the stencil since it was the largest part. I love this gold paint! I picked it up at the Haven Conference over the summer and knew I wanted to use it for something Christmassy. The gold is just so festive!
Then wash off your roller and let it dry for a few minutes.
I used a foam brush to do the little red berries since the area inside the stencil was so small, I didn’t feel like I needed a roller for it. Plus my roller could dry while I was painting the red.
Then I grabbed the roller and painted the green leaves.
4. Take the stencil off.
Remove the painter’s tape and the stencil.
5. Clean up.
Wash off your paint roller again. Then wash off the stencil. If you use paint that easily washes off with water (I almost always do), the paint will come off pretty easily.
Honestly, I threw the foam brush away. I keep them sometimes if I know I have another project I’ll need it for again soon, but otherwise, they’re so cheap, I feel like washing them out isn’t worth the time.
6. Optional: Heat set the pillow.
Once it’s fully dried, you can iron the pillow cover through a piece of cloth for about 30 seconds to heat set the pattern. This protects the cover for throwing it in the wash or using it outside. To be honest, I hate ironing and skipped this. 🙂
Then enjoy your pillow! It adds the perfect touch to the couch (like I really needed another festive pillow!).
My number of blankets is quickly reaching my numbers of pillows. I’m always freezing, and I leave blankets in every room because I pretty much always have one on my lap, ha!
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Check out the other Christmas stencil projects here for some last minute holiday inspiration!
- Kim Six Fix – Stenciled Spray Snow Flakes
- Green With Decor – How to Stencil A Pillow For Christmas (you’re here!)
- Vintage Romance Style – The True Meaning of Noel Sign
- Southern Couture – Wooden Reindeer Stencil
- One Mile Homestyle – Stenciled Holiday Coloring Page Place Mats
- DIY Beautify – Stenciled Wall Hanging Christmas Decor
- Elizabeth Joan Designs – Stenciled Wall Hanging
- Farmhouse 40 – DIY Reindeer Antlers Bulletin Board
- Iris Nacole – Stenciled Christmas Tree Stand Box
- Pocketful of Posies – The Easiest Christmas Cookie Decorating Hack Ever
If you like pillow projects, you’ll want to see this one, too. It’s one of the most popular projects on my blog.