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Whimsical Painted Animal Pillows

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

This DIY project has been my most involved project to date and I’m excited to share it! Make your own whimsical painted animal pillows, with three vintage animal prints transferred and hand-painted on a tasseled pillow, and easily enjoyed outdoors thanks to Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet outdoor fabric spray.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

For the blank part of the animal, I would suggest cutting out the inside, only leaving enough to keep the two separate pieces attached so that you can paint directly onto the fabric instead of on the iron-on transfer.

Download link for these animal prints (with painted sections edited out) is below.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

This was the trickiest part of the project for me. I messed up twice ironing on or peeling off the backing. My advice would be this – iron for about 10 minutes, no steam, highest heat, then let it cool for 10 minutes or until cool to the touch. If it’s still hot, it will peel up with the backing. Peel slowly, and if there is a part that still hasn’t stuck to the fabric, just grab some craft glue and glue it down.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

Now here’s the fun part! You can pick your own color palette and add your own patterns in this part, and for painting the border, I would suggest making a template to trace so that you can keep that border straight and square.

Next of course would be sewing the pillow cover together – unless you have taken a pillow, and cut open a seam and removed the filling. If you can find cheap solid color pillows go for this route – it’s easier than sewing your own pillows! Otherwise, you can follow instructions for making a 14×14 pillow cover here.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

Now spray with NeverWet spray and enjoy! I am looking forward to using these pillows inside and outside.

Download the animal prints below:

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