Easy Abstract Painted Throw Pillows

Create your own unique throw pillows using this super easy technique. Click through to watch the video tutorial.

You don't need to be an artist to create pretty and unique throw pillows! Click through to watch the easy to follow video tutorial.

I adore color and simple DIY projects so I combined the two to create some pretty painted throw pillows for my pink sofa. This is really one of those projects that anyone can do. Really! You don’t need to be an artist to create great throw pillows. Just layer painted shapes to create an interesting pattern. And if you don’t love your design, you can always let it dry and paint over it too!

The pillow covers and inserts are from Ikea which means each one was only $7. You really can’t beat that! Since so many pillows I see are over $100, these are cheap enough to swap out each season. Or just when you get bored and want to change your room decor every other month like I do!

Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Supplies: solid pillow cover / pillow insert / fabric medium / craft paint / paint brushes / foam pouncers / wax paper or cardboard

Did you know you can turn any craft paint into fabric paint by adding fabric medium? Watch how easy it is to create your own pretty painted pillows in this video tutorial.

Loving these bright painted pillow covers! Such a cute and easy DIY project.

After making the pillow shown in the video I grabbed the smallest foam pouncer and dipped it in the black paint to create the dot patterns. If you don’t already have them, I recommend you pick up a set! I find so many uses for them (like my polka dot wooden tray) and they really are the easiest way to paint small circles.

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  1. Oh, I am definitely going to have to make these at our house! I never can wrap my head around how expensive store-bought patterned pillows are. These seem so simple to make and have such wow factor! Adding them to my to-do list now…

    1. Yes! If you have an iron you can use that instead. Place a thin towel or scrap of fabric on top of the pillows and use the hottest setting allowed for your fabric and press. This will heat set the design.

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