Easy Abstract Painted Throw Pillows

July 20, 2015Sarah Khandjian

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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  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    July 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Yea. These are CUTE. Love them, and the video is so helpful- you’re so good in front of the camera!!

  • Carrie

    July 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

    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. Sarah

      July 24, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I know, right? It’s crazy how expensive throw pillows can be!

  • Eliana Risatto

    August 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Boa tarde.
    E esse colar lindo? Foi feito também por você?
    Eliana Risatto

  • Bec

    October 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I love these except, I don’t have a clothes dryer – can this step be skipped?

    1. Sarah

      October 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

      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.

      1. Bec

        October 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

        Thanks Sarah. I can’t wait to give these a go! Would you be able to confirm the colors you used?

        1. Sarah

          October 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

          I used Martha Stewart satin craft paints in Beetle Black, Camellia Pink, Raspberry Ice, Emerald City, Diving Board, Yellow Jacket, and Pumpkin. Can’t wait to see what you create!

  • Zulma Rivera

    October 30, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Love your pillows I am eager to try your idea for the pillows.

    1. Sarah

      October 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thanks! Please share a photo with #sarahhearts if you do!

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