Way back in the late 1980's and early 90's, I was a very big stenciler. I loved the craft and I went crazy stenciling borders in just about every room of my home and all sorts of decorative items. Recently, I have fallen in love with stenciling again, both inside my home and out.
My latest project is a pair of stenciled pillows and I am totally in love. They are a focal point in my fall living room!
I have to be honest, I was never a big fan of stenciling on fabric. I could never seem to get very clean lines, the stencil always moved or the material would buckle. So even though I was really fond of the look, I stayed away.
Then I received an email from Cutting Edge Stencils regarding their sister company, Paint-A-Pillow. They offered me two pillows and all the accessories I would need to create some unique, custom decor pieces. I was intrigued, so of course, I said yes.
There are well over 100 stenciled pillow patterns, all different styles, on their website. I chose the Dominique Chicken stencils. I kind of have a chicken/ rooster obsession.
Each kit comes with a pillow cover in your choice of white or natural, a fluffy insert, a stencil, a stencil frame, a roller, one color paint, a paint tray and a stirring stick. I ordered a few extra paint colors and some brushes for detail work. There are also tassels and other embellishments for some extra bling.
I opened my box of treasure and everything was tucked neatly inside, including their very cool stenciling frame, which locks the stencil and pillow cover in place, so there is no moving or gathered fabric.
The box also included an instruction sheet.
I have to say, I did not encounter any of those problems. At all. It was ridiculously easy to do and I had so much fun.
The cover and stencil came out of the box, already put together, and ready to use. The clips held the stencil in place perfectly.
I opened my paint, stirred it up, loaded it on the roller and got to work.
As suggested, I used a small brush to finish the edges and do the detail work. When rooster number one was complete, I just unclipped the stencil from the frame and lifted the pillow cover out.
Then I grabbed the next pillow cover. I laid it inside the stencil frame, locked it down and started painting again, this time in brown.
I recommend ordering an extra roller cover if you are going to use more than one color. For less than a buck, it will save you the trouble of washing and waiting for it to dry.
I let both covers sit for a bit before removing the cardboard.
Then I stuffed them with the included inserts and my fluffy buddies were born.
I have to say that I was super impressed with the kit. It was literally a foolproof way to make a designer pillow...or two!
I think I'm obsessed with stenciling all over again.
What do you think of my new friends?
Would you paint a pillow?
*Paint-A-Pillow generously supplied me with everything necessary to create these two lovely DIYs. Of course, all opinions are my very own.
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