DIY: Spray Paint Pillows

Happy Belated Easter everyone! I hope you all had a great day spending time with family and the people that are special to you.  We really enjoyed good food, family, and praising Jesus.

Today I have another fun DIY tutorial.  This one is great because it can be really quick, or if you decide to add more detail, you can do that too.  So it’s great for even the un-crafty people 🙂

These fun accessories never turn out the same twice! I love the beauty in imperfection.  And these pillows have that random imperfect charm to them.  You probably even have everything you need already on hand!

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Materials:

  • spray paint (several different colors is best)
  • pillow cases (Or scrap fabric.  You can make several small pillows from one pillow case).
  • pillow stuffing – I used the stuffing from an old pillow in my closet.
  • Sewing maching
  • white thread (or the color of your case you are using)
  • leaves and/or flowers (real or fake)
  • something to spray paint on (so you won’t get it everywhere)

If you are adding wording you will also need:

  • piece of cardboard or mat board
  • xacto knife
  • white paper and pencil

Alrighty! Here is how I made my pillows 🙂

Start by cutting your pillowcase down to the size you want.  You should only have to sew up 1 or 2 sides later, because the case does half the work for us.

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Lay out your pillowcase on a piece of cardboard or a large tupperware lid.  Arrange your flowers and leaves how you want them.

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Shake up your spray paint, and add a light layer.

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If you like, add another layer using another color.

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Here is what I had at this point.  I decided I wanted my stems to be more noticeable.

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So I layered my flowers and leaves back on, and lightly added some white, only over the stem areas.  The white added some speckles because the can sprayed a bit weird, but I actually liked the look of them.  Work with the surprises that the spray paint gives you.

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Alright, now if you are pleased with your pillow, jump ahead to the sewing and stuffing section.  If you want to add words or numbers (like your Anniversary), keep reading.

Grab the cardboard or mat board and the piece of paper.  Sketch out the wording you want and carefully cut it out with the xacto know.

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If you wanted to, you could easily print out text from the computer and cut out the letters that you printed.

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Be careful not to lose the small parts, like the inside of the e, or o, etc.

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Lay the stencil you just made over your partly finished pillow case.

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Add a few light layers, and then lift and check it out.

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I decided I wanted to highlight a word, and so I put the stencil back and sprayed some white over “Kiss”.

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Tada!

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After your pillowcase is dry, turn it inside out.

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Now sew a straight running stitch up the open sides, leaving a small area unsewn, about 2″ in length.

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Turn your pillowcase right side out.

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Now add the stuffing through the small hole.

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Fold the edges of the opening inside like this.

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Using a needle and thread, close up the opening with a whip stitch.

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All done! Have fun making your own unique decorative pillows!

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-Amber

 

DIY: Decorative Bottle and Tray

Hey friends! Today I’d like to share with you a fun way to create beautiful decorations out of old items you may have around the house.  You only need a few supplies, and the process is a lot of fun!

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In this tutorial I’m going to show you step by step how to make the beautiful floral bottle above.  If you would like to follow the same steps and attach some flowers to a plate or platter instead, you can make something similar to the white tray I made below.  I used a cheap dish I got from Goodwill!

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Alright! So lets talk about what supplies you will need.

  • A bottle, dish or vase

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  • Oven hardening clay (white or grey would be best) I purchased mine at A C Moore for $1.00.  You will need about one small package per project.

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  • Gloss spray paint in desired color ( I like this kind because it has great coverage and bonds to almost anything!) I purchased mine at A C Moore.

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  • Epoxy (I used this E-6000 epoxy I got from Michael’s Art’s and Crafts.)  Super Glue should work as well, and probably even hot glue, although I haven’t tried either of those with this project.

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  • A styrofoam plate and butter knife
  • A small piece of tin foil
  • A box or container to spray paint in (Or a piece of cardboard)

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Now let’s get started!

Preheat your oven according to the clay package directions.  Next, open your clay and work a piece of it with your fingers until it is soft and pliable.

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Take a small piece of the clay and make a simple petal shape, like this.

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Make six petals.

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Now gently form the petals together to make a flower shape. (Isn’t working with clay fun?! I love it!)

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Form a smaller petal out of clay.

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Press it into the center of the flower like this.

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Add two more small petals in the same way.

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Make three petals that are even smaller, and wrap them together like this.

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Gently stick it into the center of the flower.

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Pinch all of the petals gently to give them some form.

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Your flower should look similar to this.

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Next, using your butter knife, add some detail into the petals.  Lightly add lines and small nicks on the edges of the petals, like a real flower would have.

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Carefully cut off the excess clay on the bottom to make it flat.

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Check and see how your flower looks on the object you are adding it too.  Mine stuck to the bottle so I could get a good look at it.

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Alright! Now I’ll show you how to add leaves.  Make two shapes similar to the large petals you made, but these need to be pointier on the ends, like a leaf.

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Attach them to the bottom.

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Add some leaf detail with the knife.

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Flatten the bottom again if needed, and see how it looks on your bottle or whatever you are using.

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When you are satisfied with your flower, lay a bit of foil on a pan, set your flower on top and put it in the oven.

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Cook according to package directions.  Mine needed to cook for 30 minutes.  The clay I used was slightly pliable still when I took it out, but it continued to harden more as it cooled.

Now to glue it on.  DO THIS OUTSIDE! Especially if you are using the same glue I did.  I wore a mask as well for this part.

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Add glue to the bottom of the flower and press onto the bottle.  Hold it on for about 30 seconds.  Let the glue dry completely before painting.

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DO THIS OUTSIDE TOO!

Using a cardboard box or some other kind of container to paint in (I used this old purple storage bin), completely cover your bottle with spray paint.  I did three coats and let it dry a few minutes in between each one.  I also wore a mask for this part as well.  Let dry completely before bringing inside.

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And your done!

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If you want to do a tray like this, I just made a smaller flower along with the big one, and a simple bird. Then I sprayed it with gloss white spray paint.

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Here are some detail shots.

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I had a lot of fun making these! And they turned out so pretty!  Let me know what you think!

-Amber