A Simple & Sassy Stencil Project

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Do your cushions need a little extra pizzazz? Looking for a fun weekend project? Claire is back with another terrific DIY project, perfect for adding some pretty to your patio.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes
Project Cost: $20

From Claire: It is so easy to update some plain cushions into something rather fabulous with just a bit of paint and some paper doilies. I loved this craft. It was so easy to do. My favorite kind of craft; cheap, fun and little effort for great results. I warn you it is very addictive as the cushions are so lovely. I know I’m going to end up with too many cushions outside now.

What You Need

  • Plain canvas or cotton cushion cover

  • Iron

  • Assortment of Paper Doilies

  • Reposition-able spray glue

  • Acrylic Paint (or fabric paint) and paint pads

  • Vinegar


  1. Using the reposition-able spray mount, spray one side of your doily. Place the doily on the cushion cover where you want to stencil.
  2. With your foam brush, dab acrylic (or fabric) paint into the holes of the doily
  3. When finished quickly and carefully remove the doily. Don’t leave the doily too long on the cushion as it will get stickier and be harder to remove.
  4. Repeat until you have the pattern you want. You will have to use a fresh doily each time.
  5. If you have used acrylic and not fabric paint you can seal and soften your stencilled cushion. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, spritz the paint with a 50/50 mixture of clear vinegar and water. Using a cloth in between the paint and the iron, iron with a hot iron.

I told you it was easy ! I love how these cushions turned out. It is best to use a paint color that contrasts with your cushion cover. So if you have dark cushion covers than use a light paint. For example I used a navy blue cushion and white paint. If you have a light cushion cover use a dark paint. I had a light turquoise cushion and stenciled with a dark blue paint.

Thanks, Claire! Check out this project and more on Claire’s blog Pillar Box Blue.

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