How to Turn Your Plain Cushions Into Crazy Colourful Puffs of Delight

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1 Hour

I love experimenting with ways to bring more colour into the home for a cheery and uplifting vibe. I decided to try on cotton fabric cushion cover a vibrant design using some unicorn spit gel stain.

Plain cotton cushion cover

First I use masking tape to position flat on table the plastic bag that the cushion cover came in.

then I decide which vibrant colours to use in my circle design.

Unicorn spit gel stain in centre

I create more circles of colour .

Circles of unicorn spit gel stain

And more circles!

Unicorn spit gel stain onto plastic bag

And even more! When finished, I spray the paint all over with water.

Spray with water

spray with more water to spread the paint evenly .

Spray with more water

Then I cover with cotton cushion cover and once in position spray over the top with water to help design soak through.

Place cushion cover over paint

I begin spreading the paint gently from centre to outer edges to create the desired effect.

Spreading paint outwards

Peel away the cover from the uni orb spit gel. Revealing a beautiful design to hang out to dry before covering with protective fixing spray.

so delighted with the colourful cushion cover makeover.

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeove

The vibrancy is gorgeous.

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover

Really is cheery!

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover

I am so happy with the end result!

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  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Sep 07, 2019

    Using your technique on this type fabric, does the design "paint" both sides (is the back of the pillow tie dyed also)? Your technique is terrific! 😎

  • Leona Lee Leona Lee on Oct 29, 2019

    Hi, does anyone have the video to make the pine cones that are spray painted and look like roses..... Thanks

  • Desiree Desiree on Sep 30, 2021

    I love what you've done Susan. I missed the sealing part though. What did you use to seal the colours and make it "washproof". Thanks.


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  • Betty Betty on Aug 24, 2021

    If only Unicorn Spit wasn't so expensive!

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Aug 24, 2021

      It’s available sometimes in various sizes and I think it does seem to go a long way too! Also could club in with others to share colours and mix and match whilst only paying for one each?

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Aug 24, 2021

    The cushion covers are gorgeous! Now...about that wooden table you were working on...would love to see that table in its entirety :) You've got what it takes Susan! Thank you.

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Aug 24, 2021

      Thanks so much and it’s actually got a African batik fabric covering which is what you can see ans it’s so appealing yes.