DIY Room Decor: How To Make a Moon Phase Pillow

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Give your special someone the moon—on a pillow, of course. We love this lunar take on a travel pillow, complete with craters and phases.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes
Project Cost: $5-$10

What You Need


  • 12 x 24 inch travel pillow
  • 3/4 yard of unbleached muslin fabric
  • 1 bottle craft paint in a moon-y color
  • 1 large synthetic sponge


  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread


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1. Fold your fabric in half and cut it to fit around the pillow so that you have three cut sides and one fold.

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2. Place plastic newspaper in between the fabric to prevent paint from bleeding. Now, take your sponge and either freehand draw or trace a circle onto it and cut it out. Choose the hole-iest side for the best moon surface look.

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3. Squeeze some of your paint onto a plastic bag or newspaper and coat the sponge thoroughly. Press it onto the fabric (don't press too hard or you'll lose your moon craters!).

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4. For the different "phases," press just one side of the sponge onto the fabric. The next time press less of the sponge onto the fabric. Lastly, press just the outer edge of the sponge onto the fabric for a sliver of a moon.

5. After the paint has dried completely, iron the wrong side of your design using the cotton setting.

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6. Fold the pillow inside out and sew two of the sides. Flip it right side out and stuff your pillow form into the case. Blind stitch the open end closed.

Thanks, Oil and Blue!

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(Image credits: Oil and Blue)