Use this simple painting technique to make inexpensive and beautiful outdoor pillow covers to dress up your porch or patio.
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We’re fortunate to have a family cottage (did we mention that we’re sisters?) that is close to the lake. Since we’re on limited budgets, we’re always looking for inexpensive yet simple ways to add some character and decor to our spaces. Sonja came up with this DIY outdoor pillow covers idea when she found some plain throw pillows in a clearance bin.
Materials to make leaf-stamped outdoor pillow covers:
- White outdoor pillow cover (this one on Amazon was super cheap and water-resistant!) and throw pillow insert
- Fabric paint (such as acrylic) in colours of your choice (we used two shades of green)
- Small paint brushes
- Leaf of your choice (we used lupine leaves)
- Waterproof spray such as Scotchgard Outdoor Water Shield (optional)
Instructions to make the outdoor pillow covers:
1. Lay out the throw pillow or cushion on a flat surface. With a small paint brush, apply an even coat of the darker green fabric paint onto one side of a leaf.
2. Press painted side of leaf onto the pillow cushion. Carefully lift off.
3. Fill in any sections that didn’t transfer with a paint brush. Let dry. Repeat as necessary.
4. Brush in accent “veins” with the lighter green paint. 5. Repeat as desired. Can use different shapes and/or sizes of leaves, or just do one!
6. Let dry completely and then fill the cover with the pillow insert before getting comfy!
The possibilities are absolutely endless to make your own outdoor pillow covers! Unless you invest in waterproof pillows such as these Sunbrella ones waterproof pillows such as these Sunbrella ones, or apply a waterproofing spray, I wouldn’t necessary leave these throw pillows out in the rain. I tend to put all my outdoor pillows and cushions under shelter to preserve their longevity even though the fabrics may be water-resistant.
In the fall we brought the pillow indoors and enjoyed it in our coastal farmhouse cottage bedroom.
We used this pillow outdoors during the summer as a part of our nature-inspired patio-scape at the cottage. You can find this and four other simple DIY ideas in our free guide to creating your own Cozy Patio Oasis.
Are you all ready for spending more time outdoors this summer?
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