Pillows, pillows, pillows… I just love ’em. They are one of my favourite ways to change up our décor seasonally. The whip together so quickly and when you make your own they can be so inexpensive. Take this little DIY Chalkboard Pillow for example- it is a Pottery Barn Knockoff. And I made it out of a piece of drop cloth and some DIY Chalkboard paint. It cost a couple of dollars, tops, as opposed to the nearly $30 price tag of the PB version. And I love it every bit as much.
To make this you will need:
- a pillow cover and form (I made my cover out of drop cloth material)
- Chalkboard paint (the recipe for my DIY Chalkboard paint is below)
- Chalk Paint Pen
- Painters Tape and a foam brush
I started out with a simple envelope cover that I had made out of a drop cloth. If you aren’t sure how to sew a simple envelope pillow cover I have a really simple tutorial for it .
Once I had sewn my pillow cover, I whipped up some DIY Chalkboard paint using Plaster of Paris, black craft paint, and water….
I taped off a border on the pillow and used a foam brush to apply my chalkboard paint. If your pillow cover is not made of drop cloth material I would also advise you to put some plastic or cardboard between the layers of your pillow so that the paint doesn’t go straight through onto the back of the pillow as well.
Once it was dry I gave it a light sanding…
For writing on your pillow you will want to use a chalk paint pen. If you don`t mind your image being permanent you could also likely use a white paint pen though I didn`t try this.
Lastly, I took some inspiration for my pillow from this one at Pottery Barn…
I loved the wording from one of my favourite Christmas carols, and used a chalk pen to sketch my own version of it onto my pillow…
I think it brightens up this corner of our living room nicely.
I shared this over at Uncommon Designs a few weeks ago – that time with more of a ‘fall’ look.
Since my paint pen didn’t wipe off very cleanly I just gave my pillow a new coat of my chalkboard paint (saved in a sealed plastic container) before refreshing it with it’s new Christmas look.
Not a bad budget breakdown, though it would have been more expensive if I didn’t have all the supplies on hand already…
– small portion of drop cloth $2-$3
– craft paint and plaster: I already had
– chalk pen already had (costs about $5-7 at craft stores)
It is one of a few changes that I have made lately in the living room…
Did you do some Christmas decorating this weekend? What is your favourite way to change up your seasonal décor?