DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Throw Pillows

Learn how to make freezer paper stencils and make decorative pillow covers.

Sarah Hearts | DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Throw Pillows

My obsession with all white and gold things is almost as great as my love for white home decor objects. I think it started in college when nearly all my art and design projects had a touch of white and gold in them. Then it continued with my awesome target find of the gold and white chevron lamp shades (shown below). This week I added to the white and gold collection and ‘hacked’ these Ikea pillow covers with some freezer paper and fabric paint. Now I just need to decide if I should keep them in the living room or on the guest bed.

If you’re looking to add some color (or shimmer) to your couch or bed this is a super easy and cheap way to do it. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the freezer paper but you can also use an X-acto knife and cutting mat. In about an hour you’ll have custom pillow covers. I choose to do a large heart and confetti dots but I think a serif monogram would be lovely too.

Sarah Hearts | DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Throw Pillows

Sarah Hearts | DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Throw Pillows

Sarah Hearts | DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Throw Pillows


• Freezer paper (you can buy this at the grocery store)
• Iron & ironing board
• Fabric paint (I used craft paint and added equal parts fabric medium to make it washable and permanent)
• Sponge brush
• Pillow covers (I used the Ikea Ursula 26″ x 26″ pillow covers in white)
• Pillow forms

1. Cut out your design using the freezer paper with a cutting machine or an x-acto knife and cutting board. Make sure the shinny, plastic side is down.

2. Remove the positive shapes so the stencil remains.

3. Use a hot dry iron to adhere the stencil to the fabric pillow cover. Make sure the shinny, plastic side is down (touching the pillow).

4. If you’re using craft paint, mix it with equal parts fabric medium.

5. Use the sponge brush to stipple, or stamp the paint on the fabric. Allow it to dry then peel away the stencil. Once completely dry, put the pillow cases in the dry on high heat for about 40 minutes. This cures the paint.

6. Place the pillow forms in the pillows and you’re done!


  1. I am DEFINITELY going to have to do this when we move! We need cute, inexpensive pillows :) Can’t wait for our DIY girls night!

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  3. Hi Roommate! I’m going to make a shirt for my cousin using this technique, but I want to make sure it’s machine washable? (Remember the shirt you made for Ponce?) Is there a different technique I should use for a T-shirt?

    1. No, this works great for shirts! This is the same method I used for making the shirt for Ponce. Just make sure you use fabric paint or acrylic paint with fabric medium. Either method requires you to heat set it and the easiest way to do this is throwing it in the dryer, on high, once the paint is fully dry.

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