Big thanks to Sarah at Just The Bees Knees for sharing this sweet (and EASY) holiday tutorial + template!
Every Holiday season I attend at least 2 Secret Santa parties, and I LOVE to give Holiday Decor items for my gift, especially ones that are handmade. This year, since Metallics and glitter are so popular, I thought it would be fun to paint some store bought pillow covers…the perfect gift for those who love decorating for the holidays!
This project is quick, easy and so adaptable. No need to sew anything….just buy pre-made pillow covers. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $5.99. They already had a gold sheen to them which is perfect for the holidays, but you could also use any type of pillow cover. Burlap, linen or plain cotton would work perfectly for this project too.
The first thing you need is a stencil for your lettering. You can buy one at your local craft store, or custom make one like I did! To do this, all you need is a blank stencil and a template. I created my lettering template in my editing software, printed it out on plain paper, placed my blank stencil over top of the paper, then cut it out using an exacto knife.
And since I like to share, I’m saving you the extra step and sharing my NOEL template with you! Just click the link below and save it to your computer. (FYI…you can make it any size you want, but I printed mine out on an 8.5 x 14 legal sized paper)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Noel Template
Now that we have our stencil ready to go, its time to paint! The first and most important step is to place something inside your pillow, such as a piece of cardboaard, to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side. For the paint, you can use any fabric paint OR use craft paint (like this Martha Stewart Metallic paint) mixed with fabric medium. You will also need some foam pouncers in various sizes to create your dots.
I already had some great metallic and glitter craft paint ion hand, so I simply used those mixed with fabric medium. To do this, simply squirt some of your paint onto a paper plate or mixing tray, then add the recommended amount of fabric medium and mix well. (This step just makes the paint less stiff after it dries.)
After your paint is mixed, tape your stencil onto your pillow and start painting! I dipped my foam pouncer into the paint, then dabbed it onto another paper plate to take off the excess. Simply dab the paint in an up and down motion onto your fabric to prevent any bleeding from the edges.
After you have finished your lettering, carefully remove your stencil and begin painting your dots. I simply used the different sized pouncers in a random pattern using different colors of metallic paint. After the paint dried a bit, I even went back over some of the dots and the letter O with some glitter paint to add a little sparkle.
These pillow covers make a great handmade gift for anyone who loves to decorate for the holiday season, and who doesn’t love to decorate?! I have a feeling they will be a big hit at my secret santa gift exchange this year!
Isn’t it the cutest? Be sure to visit Sarah at Just The Bee’s Knees to see more of her Christmas crafting and decor! -KA
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