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5 Ways To Decorate Plain Throw Pillows
I have a wide assortment of hobbies and interests but crafting/DIY is my favorite. I love to take something plain and add my creative touch or create something from scratch. My two favorite tools are my paint brush and a glue gun. If it looks dingy, I can paint it. If it’s broken, I can glue it. And if I can’t buy it, I can make it.
Throw pillows are one of my favorite home decor items to work with because they remind me of blank canvases. To me, they’re a blank space just crying out for a touch of artistic flair. If you feel the same way, and I hope you do, let’s explore 5 ways to decorate plain throw pillows.
> Silhouette shapes
Silhouette shapes are easy to work with and they look great on solid color backgrounds. For this reason, I decided to use a fish silhouette cut from laminated burlap. It’s as easy as print, cut, glue.
If you’d like to use something other than a fish, there are plenty of free animal silhouettes available on the internet.
If you like the nautical style or find yourself frequently saying, “just keep swimming”, then help yourself to the free fish silhouette download.
Whether you use laminated burlap or fabric, you can trace and cut by hand or use a craft cutting machine. Unless the shape requires intricate cuts, I usually cut by hand because about 8 years ago, I couldn’t cut anything by hand. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Because MS likes to bring friends, I also have rheumatoid arthritis. In order to decrease the joint pain and swelling that arthritis often brings, I take at least two Advil tablets a day, every day. Based on a survey of monthly doctor recommendations, the medicine in Advil (ibuprofen) is the one doctors recommend most for joint pain. It’s what my doctor recommended to me and I can tell you that without Advil, I wouldn’t be able to type these words on the computer.
Since I have difficulty opening child-safety caps, I always buy Advil EZ Open from Wal-Mart. The Easy Open cap is perfect for people struggling with Arthritis since all you have to do is turn the cap to open it. This comes in handy for me and the other 53 million Americans who suffer from arthritis. Since I can’t cure rheumatoid arthritis, I will do whatever I can to keep crafting. Telling my glue gun that I can’t come out and play would give me the sads.
Speaking of glue guns, let’s get back to decorating throw pillows shall we?
> Rope and twine
In this photo, I spelled out the word “sea” using nautical rope I purchased at the craft store. I hot glued it on because this throw pillow is spot clean only. If it were a washable pillow, I would have used hemming tape.
> Felt shapes
While I was at Wal-Mart, I came across this felt dolphin (pictured above) in the craft department. I knew I had to use him on one of the pillows.
Mr. Dolphin was a bit stiff so I used heat-activated hemming tape to attach him to the pillow (instead of hot glue). He fought me the entire way but he sure looks cute!
> Iron-On Quotes & Designs
Euro throw pillows need love too. Up until last week, the Euro pillow on my bed was plain white and B-O-R-I-N-G. I decided to use Photoshop and make an iron-on incorporating my favorite French quote.
“Je serai poète, et toi poésie” translates into “I’m a poet, and you poetry.” It’s a line from the poem Ritournelle written by FRANÇOIS COPPÉE.
All I did was mirror the quote, print it out on heat transfer paper, cut out the excess from the design, and iron it on.
The iron-on is permanent and washable and I smile every time I see it. 🙂
> Burlap & Felt Rosettes
Burlap rosettes are an easy and inexpensive way to dress up a plain throw pillow. You can make one large rosette or add several small ones. I made 3 rosettes in different sizes and attached them with hot glue. If you’re not a fan of burlap, felt works too.
Now that I’ve dressed up these plain throw pillows, they’re ready for my Mom’s house. They match the colors of her rug perfectly but shhh….it’s a surprise so don’t tell her. 😉
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How would YOU decorate your plain throw pillows?