DIY Sponge Paint Mudcloth Throw Pillow

7 Materials
1 Hour

Get an authentic looking Mudcloth pillow for a fraction of the cost—using a sponge! A simple and fun project anyone can do in under an hour. The sponge design is perfectly imperfect and resembles the real deal quite well.



Gather your materials

  • solid color pillow cover
  • sponge
  • craft or fabric paint
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • extra paper or cardboard
  • scissors
Cut your sponge
  • Cut your sponge into desired shape—triangle shown here.
  • Tip-if the sponge is dried out, get it a little damp and wring it out so it’s nice and soft.
  • Put some paint on a paper plate or scrap paper.
  • Test your design on scrap paper
Divide the pillow into sections
  • For this, just mark with a pencil at halfway and then quarters (so four total columns)
  • This was an 18 inch pillow so lines are marked at 4.5, 9, and 13.5 inches.
  • Put extra paper or cardboard inside of the pillow cover to prevent paint from seeping through
Begin to sponge the design onto the pillow
  • Two ways to do this
  • One: use a small paintbrush and paint the paint right onto the sponge
  • Two: dip the stamp right into the paint
  • Once you have paint on, dab the sponge onto a piece of paper and then onto the pillow
  • After you stamp once, stamp again into the next column
  • You can use the sponge 2-4 times with same paint before redipping the sponge
Keep sponging
  • After you get four triangle across the top continue down the pillow butting up the next triangle to the bottom of the one above
Adjust at the bottom if needed
  • If the complete sponge stamp doesn’t fit at the bottom row, just stamp what fits
Display your pillow!
  • Wait for the paint to dry and then find a home for your new DIY Mudcloth pillow!
  • The throw pillow was clean to begin with, but the craft paint might not be washable

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