Today is my husband and I’s 11th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the times has flown by. Celebrating our anniversary and then Valentine’s Day a week later has always been a big deal in our house. I love the month of February and all of the cute decor that goes with it. Today, as a part of the Walmart Moms, I will be sharing an easy craft one can do to add a personal loving touch to your decor for the month or all year long.
I’ve wanted a pair of matching Mrs. & Mrs. accent pillows on our bed for quite a while now. You’ll be amazed at how simple and easy it is to make your own at home using a few crafting supplies. One can find everything you need to recreate this craft with supplies found at Walmart.
What You’ll Need:
- Craft Pillow Forms in the size that you choose (mine are 18in x 18 in- $8.97)
- Metallic Paint- FolkArt 660 Pure Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint- $1.77
- Reynold’s Freezer Paper
- X-acto Knife
- Printer/Printer Paper
Start off by creating the words that you want to paint onto your pillow in your favorite word processing program on your computer. What I did was I made the words Mr. and Mrs. in a simple font in black but made sure that when I printed them out that they were large enough to fill up the majority of the printed page. If you are using rather large accent pillows, like I am, you want to make sure that the lettering is proportionate to the size of the pillow that you will be painting on.
Once your words have be printed onto printer paper, then take a piece of freezer paper the size of your printer paper and lay it over top of your print out. With the wax side down begin tracing the letters with a pencil.
Once the letters have been traced, move your freezer paper onto a cutting mat or a piece of old cardboard (anything you don’t mind getting cut up) and use your X-acto knife to carefully cut out the shape of each letter. Discard all of the cut out letters leaving behind a stencil of where the letters once were in your freezer paper.
With the steam off on your iron, heat on the lowest setting. Place your cut out freezer paper stencil where you would like it to be on your pillow with the wax side down. Gently press the iron onto the freezer paper. Lift and press until all of the freezer paper is stuck to the pillow.
Using the ironed on freezer paper as our guide, carefully paint over the stencil with your favorite color paint. Use whatever size paint brush you feel comfortable with but I found that a small paint brush worked best. Be careful not to paint under the freezer paper or you will mess up the sharp line of the lettering.
Once all of your stencil has been filled in with paint. Carefully remove the freezer paper, while the paint is still wet. Be careful not to touch the wet edges of your freezer paper onto your pillow. Set the completed pillow aside and allow to dry completely for several hours.
I adore the way that these pillows turned out. The gold metallic paint from FolkArt available at Walmart has just the right amount of sparkle and shine without being too over the top. This craft can be completed in an afternoon and can be customized for any occasion. Whether you are looking to make something unique and special to give as a gift or just want to decorate your own home all it takes is a little paint, some freezer paper, and pillows. This craft is also limitless as there are many different variation (solid throw pillows from Walmart instead of craft pillow forms, pillow cases, even t-shirts) one could do to create their own custom decor or gift.