The Prettiest DIY Painted Pillow Projects

Pretty pillows are a dime a dozen -- until you're looking for a specific pattern in a particular colorway. When you can't find the perfect throw pillow (or can't afford the designer version you really want), pull out your stencils, stamps, and brushes. Painted pillows are an easy DIY project to master, especially when you follow the tutorials of these talented crafts bloggers.

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    The Look for Less

    Give your couch an inexpensive update by hand-painting plain cushions to look like your favorite designer fabric. Inspired by two black-and-white patterns, Shannon of Burlap and Lace painted a duo of pillows that pair beautifully with a store-bought third.

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    Mix and Match

    The trick to mixing and matching throw pillows is to choose patterns with complementing colors. Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue created this pair of hand-painted pillows using two easy-to-duplicate techniques: freehand painting and custom stamping.

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    Simple Spots

    With or without the cheerful pom-pom corners, this dotty pillow brings playful style to any room. The freestyle painting method by Teri of The Lovely Drawer takes minimal skill and minimal time -- our favorite type of project!

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    A Metallic Makeover

    Ashley of Sugar & Cloth created this painted pillow for Design Love Fest, applying gold foil to create a modern metallic masterpiece. When carefully applied, gilded brushstrokes offer rich dimension to a velvet throw pillow, making it look way more expensive than it is!

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    Painterly Stripes

    A classic pattern gets a modern update with perfectly imperfect hand-painted stripes. The secret to Stephanie's foolproof DIY idea? A small paint roller!

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    Freezer Paper for the Win

    Freezer paper is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make stencils. If you can cut it, you can create it! We love combo of the heart and confetti dots that Sarah of Sarah Hearts stenciled on her throw pillows, but a monogram would be just as lovely.

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    Faux-Watercolor Pillows

    Surprise! Everything you need to make these watercolor-inspired throw pillows by Brit + Co can be found in your desk drawer and medicine cabinet. Permanent markers, rubbing alcohol, and cotton swabs are the trick to making colorful, painterly designs.

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    Different (Brush)strokes for Different Folks

    When Linda of Burlap and Blue decided the design of her throw pillows needed more white space, she did what any good DIY blogger would do: She painted herself new ones, using short brushstrokes to create this modern geometric pattern.

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    Love's the Word

    Royal blue pillows add a pop of color to this modern monochromatic living room. However, their original solid design didn't speak to Jamey of Dabbles and Babbles, so she stenciled the word "LOVE" in white.

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    Change with the Seasons

    If you regularly feel inspired to change up your throw pillows, take a lesson from Carrie of Dream Green DIY. Hand-painted designs on plain white pillowcases are a budget-friendly way to introduce new colors and patterns to a space at will.

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    Gilded Polka Dots

    Have an itch to paint but not sure what to create? Find inspiration by taking a stroll through your favorite home decor store. Rebecca of Petite Party Studio stenciled these gold polka dots to resemble a favorite throw pillow from Anthropolgie.

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    Bonus: 30-Minute Pillow Update

    Perk up a plain pillow in 30 minutes (or less!) with this pretty paint idea.

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    Like the rooms inside our homes, there are limitless ways to decorate a deck or patio, especially when you introduce homemade outdoor furniture. Putting a personal spin on your outside seating area is as easy as modifying a tree stump, upcycling a slab of concrete, or building with unused pallets. We found 13 easy-to-follow DIY patio furniture tutorials to inspire your backyard transformation.
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