DIY Pillow Decoration: How to Make a Painted Accent Pillow

3 Materials
45 Minutes
Simple and Easy DIY Pillow Decoration Idea: Make a cute painted accent pillow for your couch or patio! A great way to freshen up your home decor and add some of your personal style to the mix!
Start by making some flower stems using a thin brush. You'd want to use fabric paint and at least two different shades of green for a more interesting design that does not look flat.
Next, use a light color to draw circles, which will be the center of the flowers. If you mix a tiny bit of any color with white paint, you will get a nice bright pastel hue that will be suitable for a flower center.
Mix the fabric paint to get unique colors that match your home decor and make circles around the bright flower centers you painted in the previous step. These will be the petals of our flowers.
Once the fabric paint is dry, outline the different shapes and colors with a black fabric marker.
Here you can see the two accent pillows I made. Keep in mind that I am not good at drawing, so I tend to stick to abstract shapes. I also outline everything with black. These two tricks help me paint stuff for my home even though I paint like a 5 year old! Visit my blog to see more of my painting and home DIY adventures:)

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric marker
  • Plain pillow cases

Elena McGrew
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  • Elena McGrew Elena McGrew on Jul 12, 2017
    Thanks! These pillows have been brightening my patio all summer long and the paint still looks great :)

  • Sandra Sandra on May 22, 2021

    I love these. I think the abstract flowers look modern and more versatile than actual petal shapes would. Might try a couple of these on drop cloth pillows for my porch. Thanks for sharing.