DIY Gold Foil Geometric Print Pillow

June 22, 2015Sarah Khandjian

Love this pretty throw pillow! Learn how to spruce up a plain throw pillow cover using gold foil. (Click through for tutorial)

I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogger friends for another round of #5waystoDIY! Today we’re each sharing a way to customize a solid throw pillow cover. Because we all agree that you can never have too many throw pillows, no matter what your significant other may think! One of my favorite things about this project, much like Meet + Make, is to see how everyone creates unique things starting with the same basic materials.

I just loved creating the gold foil table runner so much that I decided to use the same foil on my pillow. Rather than paint large brush strokes, I created a pentagon stencil and applied the adhesive within it to create a bold geometric print.

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Love this DIY gold foil throw pillow! Such a cute and easy way to dress up a pillow you already have.

Supplies: pillow cover / stencil material / cutting machine or craft knife / foam brush / gold foil / foil adhesive / iron / parchment paper / scissors
Time: 1 hour

Step 1: Create a stencil. I cut a 3.5″ wide pentagon shape using my Silhouette but you can also cut one by hand using a craft knife. Just be sure to place the stencil material on a cutting mat so you don’t damage your table.

Apply foil adhesive inside a stencil to create pretty geometric shapes for gold foil to stick to! (Click through for the full tutorial)

Step 2: Find the center of your pillow cover and place the stencil in the center. Paint the foil adhesive inside the stencil using the foam brush. If you paint towards the center of the stencil (rather than towards the edge of the stencil), you will get cleaner lines when you apply the foil. Then remove the stencil and set aside.

Did you know you can buy gold foil that can be applied to fabric and is even washable? (Click through to learn how to use it!)

You can apply gold foil onto fabric at home! Click through to learn how.

Step 3: Allow the adhesive to dry for 30 seconds then place the foil, gold side up, directly on top of the area you just painted. Press down on the foil so it sticks and then cover with parchment paper. Press with an iron on  medium heat (no steam) for 30 seconds. Lift up your iron and allow it to cool for a minute or two. Then carefully remove the foil.

Repeat steps 2-3 for each shape until you’ve created the design you want! My pillow is 18″ x 18″ and I used almost one entire package of gold foil. If you want the pattern to fill the entire front side, I recommend getting 2 packages of gold foil.

I also found that the firmer your press down on the iron, the more the gold foil sticks. Since the adhesive is painted with a brush and the fabric has a little texture, each geometric shape will be different than the next. I personally love the imperfect shapes. It makes the foil appear to have been block printed or stamped.

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Dress up a solid store bought pillow cover with gold foil! Learn how to make your own statement throw pillow in this step-by-step tutorial.

See how everyone made a simple pillow cover their own!

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16 Comments

  • Karen

    June 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    What a fun craft idea! I’m working on selecting a design scheme for my writing room/hideaway and with a daybed in dire need of new pillow cases! Thanks for the idea, Sarah!

    1. Karen

      June 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

      As for new ideas, coasters or place mats would be my suggestion. There isn’t enough room in the garage for any big further refinishing projects at the moment!

  • Jeran

    June 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I love this so much Sarah!!! I need to get my hands on some good foil, and soon!

  • Bethany Wellman

    June 22, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Love the gold and teal together! I have so many glass vases hanging around, I’d love to see #5WaysToDIY them :)

  • Kelsey

    June 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    This is a really neat idea. It never occurred to me to create my own print directly on the pillow – saves some $$$ thanks for the tips!
    I’d also love some suggestions on ways to spruce up doormats. I feel like I see the same Target ones everywhere.

  • Laurel (@abubblylife)

    June 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Love the gold, Sarah!! Beautiful!

  • Kay M

    June 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I love to cook so am always looking for interesting recipes.

  • Jody

    June 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    What a cool idea, so cute!

  • Gwen

    June 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I love gold foil! Your pillow is totally awesome!

  • Rachel | The Crafted Life

    June 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Okay, so this is amazing!! I stocked up on deco foil when it was on sale at Michaels, but haven’t used it yet. Looks like I know what I’ll be trying out first!

  • Amy W

    June 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I am blown away by this pillow! My favorite.

  • Alexis @ Persia Lou

    June 26, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I love it!! I’ve wanted to try foil on fabric. It looks so great. As for suggestions for the next challenge… How about picture frames?

  • kelly

    June 26, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Great giveaway! I love doing paper crafts and thinking of new, cute ways to organize the stuff in my tiny apt ?

  • Kaleigh

    March 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    LOVE!!! Can these be put in the wash? Or would the gold leaf come off?

    1. Sarah

      March 23, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      According the the label on the foil and adhesive, it is washing machine safe though I have not personally tried it. To be safe, I would recommend hand washing the fabric after applying the foil.

  • Barbara L. Peters

    July 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    What a neat idea, using gold foil paper. Got my mind working on how I can do something different with what I have. Thanks for sharing.

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