PB Hack: Painted Pumpkin Pillows

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Halloween is over and now that the Halloween decor is gone, my house is a little bare. All that’s left is a couple pumpkins. Thanksgiving is a weird, in-between holiday that I can’t really justify buying decor for.  So I try to have some things that can be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but my stash is in it’s infancy.

In October I made some plaid flannel pillow covers – perfect for the entire Fall season. When I went to the store to get flannel for pillow cases, I found a big sale on home décor fabric. Dirt cheap. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it until I stumbled upon pictures of Pottery Barn pillows that I pinned last year. I loved them, but I refused to pay for them.

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I wanted to replicate this pillow. Now, I’m not going to claim I have some amazing painting talent, but I knew I could find a template and make a simpler version. Here’s how I did it:

Make a basic envelope pillow cover out of canvas or home décor fabric – I like these fabrics because they’re thick enough to hold their shape and some paint. I used a taupe color but you can use anything warm. Slip a piece of cardboard into your pillow cover.

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Either freehand or using a template, draw your pumpkin. Then, paint your pumpkin with acrylic fabric paint. I mixed browns, reds, yellows and bronze to get different shading.

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Let dry for 12 hours. Slide out cardboard and replace with pillow. Voila!

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That crease in the middle is driving me insane, but it still came out great.

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Cheers!
Bridget XOXO

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