photos by Jared Smith
If you all follow along on Instagram, then you got a sneak peek at today’s project whilst I was trying to show off my party nail (priorities, you guys, priorities), but I’m super pumped about how these DIY pattern throw pillows turned out! Mostly I’m using them to cover up the ridiculous amounts of crap that this white couch insists on collecting, so let this be a lesson to you to never buy a white cotton couch. You will hate (lounging) life.
Since I couldn’t find exactly the pattern or color scheme I was looking for in pillows, I snagged some plain white pillow covers to give myself a blank slate to work with lots of crazy colors, and though the color choices may be a bit much for an average home, the small doses of them make it easier to add to a space. Of course, you can always tone down the the color palette to your room decor, too…
Side note: this is totally a blooper moment because I only have one nail painted in this picture (which I had done for a quick photo for a shoot before this)! I totally didn’t realize I left it painted for the rest of the day in regular photos, too, my bad… now you know my one-nail painting secrets for styling!
Back to the project– first up, place some paper in between the cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
Next, you can create whatever patterns you’d like for this, but the trick is letting the colors dry in between each layer so they don’t bleed. I also used just a small about of paint for each small stroke and made sure to make every stroke in the same direction to make it look like natural watercolors.
You’ll use this same technique for each pattern you create, and then lay them out to dry for 24 hours before using them.
I started getting a little wild and crazy with patterns after the first few, but I think this one ended up being my favorite!–
For those of you wondering where the neon sign is from, I actually had it custom made from The Neon Gallery here locally. The couple that runs it is SO awesome, I wanted to just hang out there all day!
So what do you guys think, are these DIY pattern pillows something you’d make for your own space? It’s pretty inexpensive so you could definitely cater them towards seasons to mix and match your space throughout the year! Or you could just go buck wild on some crazy outdoor ones!