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It’s easier than you think to DIY your own pillows!

bird pillow paint your own stencil

When my son was 3 years old (gulp, a decade ago!), he was in love with his preschool teacher. His preschool teacher had a love for cardinals, and the next obvious step in this chain is that my son developed a love for cardinals.

Or as he always said, “red birds”.

He was always the first to spot a red bird wherever we went or from way across our backyard! He was mesmerized by them. He would write stories, draw pictures and stare out his bedroom window looking for them.

bird paint a pillow stencils

It’s become his quirk. I always buy him a “red bird” gift for Christmas. It got a bit easier as his love for red birds turned into a specific love for the Arizona Cardinals. We’re seriously going on a decade now of this interest, and he swears up and down that he will be traveling across the country to attend college in Arizona in 5 short years. But we’re going to go ahead and ignore that proclamation, because this isn’t a post about how easy it is to get me to cry!

Instead I spend my time incorporating cardinals in small, abstract ways into our decor. It would be a lot easier if I had more of a country decor style! I tend to lean more towards funky modern, so I often have to DIY my “red bird projects” rather than find them on a shelf in store.

When I saw this Flock of Cranes Paint-a-Pillow kit, I had to have it! Anything to get a 13 year old boy to smile and hug his mom, right?!

The kit arrives ready to go so you can get started immeidately!

paint a pillow kit

I know it’s hard to see in the above picture, but the pillow cover insert is already in place with the stencil on top of it and secured. You seriously just need to pour some paint out and you’re ready to go!

paint a pillow kit accessories

Speaking of paint, they sell so many different colors of fabric paints plus rollers and stencil brushes. They also send you a sample piece of fabric with a small stencil so you can practice your technique before you get started on the actual pillow cover! I am not the best stenciler by a long shot (can we say “heavy hand”), so I super appreciated the sample to practice on!

paint a pillow kit birds

Once I was ready, I rolled my black paint on using the styrofoam tray they provided. Then I used a small stencil brush for the red bird.

bird stencil pillow kit

Once it’s dry, you unzip the end and pull the cardboard insert out. Then you just insert the pillow form, zip it back up and it’s ready to go! I spent about 10 minutes total on set-up and painting 2 pillows!

bird stencil paint a pillow

I love them and my son loves them! Think it will be enough to get him to stay on the East Coast for college?? That would be the real magic of Paint-a Pillow, wouldn’t it?!

DIY your own bird pillows

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored, however Paint-a-Pillow did provide me with the supplies to make 2 pillows. All opinions are 100% my own and I’d make these pretty girls again in a heartbeat!

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Wednesday 18th of March 2015

I love this idea!! What a great thing to custom decorate your home. AND, I understand how you feel about your son moving. I'm from California and my son moved to New Jersey to attend college. Every time he visits, I cry with joy....Every time he leaves again, I cry with heartache. He graduates this next year, so hopefully he'll move a little closer to us. It does get better, until he comes home again and then the whole cycle starts again.. Good Luck