Holiday Glitter Pillow – How to Paint a Pillowcase

This simple DIY holiday glitter pillow is done in just minutes and makes a great update to any Christmas decor. It also makes a great gift. 

Use any pre-made pillow case to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your holiday decor. Read below for the easy Christmas DIY pillow.

Easy Holiday Decor: Glitter Pillow

Do you get together with your girl friends and drink – I mean craft? If you’re looking for an alternative to a gingerbread house decorating party, consider this quick craft that will be ready to go by the time you call your cab.

glitter pillow DIY

Most of the crafts I do are multistage ones because I’m often fitting them in between hugs from adorable little ones, dinner prep, and play dates. I often have to plan out craft tasks in 15-minute increments to stay organized and get them done. 

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If you sew, you can make up a quick envelope or zipper-top pillowcase (home decor 100% cotton works well). Or, if you’re like me and love an inexpensive shortcut, go ahead and pick up some pre-made ones at the craft store for about $5 each. They are in the needlework and embroidery section of the craft store, next to the pre-made dinner napkins, baby bibs, and flour sack towels.

RELATED READING: Holiday Glitter Ornaments (the Easy Way)

Supplies

Everything is available in a craft store or Amazon (partner links included for your convenience). If you’re setting up a crafting party, this is a very cost-effective little project for everyone and let’s just face it: gingerbread houses are fun, but glitter is fun and fabulous!

Pillow Cover – I used a pre-made 16 inches  x 16 inches zipper-top pillow case purchased from JoAnn’s.

Gold Glitter Fabric Paint and/or Silver Glitter Fabric Paint (on Amazon)

Paint Brushes – I used two, including a very small one for the thinner sections and for cleaning up the outlines.

RELATED READING: Easy Pillows You Can Make with a Cricut Machine

How to Make a DIY Pillow for Christmas

Open Microsoft Word and choose a font and size that works with your pillowcase (mine are below). If you aren’t addicted to downloading fonts yet, let me get you hooked: it is awesome and easy. Think easy peasy, lemon squeezy kind of easy, y’all. Download font, double-click and wham-O – it’s on your computer and can be used in your computer’s programs and online editing programs like PicMonkey.

For this “joy” pillow, I used DJB Dear St. Nick Font at size 355 in Word to get the size I wanted for my 16-inch square throw pillow case. If you have a cutting machine (like a Cricut or Silhouette), you can cut a stencil.

Get Ready for Some Ridiculously Easy Crafting

Trace around each of your cut out letters very lightly with a sharp pencil. I used a mechanical pencil so it would have a very fine point.

Trace Letters for Washable Glitter Pillow

Open the pillowcase and insert a piece of cardboard or wax paper between the front and back to protect from any paint bleed through. I like to use clips to make sure it doesn’t move, but you can choose to live dangerously.

Paint. I made sure to go over the outline a little bit so that you couldn’t see it through the glitter. The picture below is after I’d done the first coat and you can still see it.

Washable Glitter Pillow Tutorial | Ruffles and Rain Boots

I used two coats on everything and then went back and touched up any spot that looked less-than-glitterific. Glitterific, ya’ll. Glitterific.

Holiday Glitter Pillow | Ruffles and Rain Boots

Seriously easy. And seriously sparkly. I let it dry overnight and am now planning to decorate the back with a “joyeux Noel” or a “merry” in the silver glitter paint.

Glitter Pillow

Glitter Pillow

This simple DIY holiday glitter pillow is done in just minutes and makes a great update to any Christmas decor. It also makes a great gift!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Font / Printer / Paper

Instructions

  1. Trace around each of your cut out letters very lightly with a sharp pencil. I used a mechanical pencil so it would have a very fine point.
  2. Open the pillowcase and insert a piece of cardboard or wax paper between the front and back to protect from any paint bleed through. I like to use clips to make sure it doesn’t move, but you can choose to live dangerously.
  3. Paint. I made sure to go over the outline a little bit so that you couldn’t see it through the glitter. The picture below is after I’d done the first coat and you can still see it.
  4. I used two coats on everything and then went back and touched up any spot that looked less-than-glitterific.

Did you make this?

Please leave a comment or share a photo and tag me @rufflesandrain

Glitter Pillow

Glitter Pillow

This simple DIY holiday glitter pillow is done in just minutes and makes a great update to any Christmas decor. It also makes a great gift!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Font / Printer / Paper

Instructions

  1. Trace around each of your cut out letters very lightly with a sharp pencil. I used a mechanical pencil so it would have a very fine point.
  2. Open the pillowcase and insert a piece of cardboard or wax paper between the front and back to protect from any paint bleed through. I like to use clips to make sure it doesn’t move, but you can choose to live dangerously.
  3. Paint. I made sure to go over the outline a little bit so that you couldn’t see it through the glitter. The picture below is after I’d done the first coat and you can still see it.
  4. I used two coats on everything and then went back and touched up any spot that looked less-than-glitterific.

Did you make this?

Please leave a comment or share a photo and tag me @rufflesandrain

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Washable Glitter Holiday Pillow Tutorial | Ruffles and Rain Boots

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27 Comments

  1. I love this pillow! It has such a easy, calming vibe to it. I think that making gifts yourself is very meaningful…I am new to your blog and can’t wait to check out more of your gift ideas!

  2. What a great way to decorate a pillow! Thanks so much for linking up to the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this coming Friday!

  3. Wow, this is so cute and so easy! I love this pillow. :) Thanks for sharing an excellent tutorial at the #HomeMatters Linky Party.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Loreai

  4. This is so pretty, Sarah. And definitely glitterific!! :) Pinning and sharing. Thanks for linking up with us at Your Turn To Shine!

  5. Sarah, you had me with the glitter….how adorable! I’d love for you to link up to Project Pin it. Have a super Sunday!

    Hugs,
    Denyse

    1. Thanks, Jen. It’s sad, but I actually get more done when I know I only have 15 minutes to work on something. Time crunches bring out my productivity, it seems.

  6. Love it! Could definitely make a great, simple gift. Thanks for sharing on the Weekend Re-Treat! If you get a chance, I’d love it if you stopped by my blog. Have a great weekend!

    1. Courtney, Thanks for dropping by. I just shared your wonderfully festive holiday bark on Twitter and Pinterest. So colorful and fun!

  7. LOVE this, Sarah! It’s so pretty! I’m loving the gold glitter. AND washable – even better! :) Pinned!

  8. Stopping by from The Weekend re-Treat link party. Love gold and glitter. Put them together and it’s heaven!

    1. Thanks so much, Lauren. I love the washable aspect, too. With kids and pets, the option is a wonderful one at the least.

  9. I love the look of this pillow for Christmas. It looks like something you’d find at Pottery Barn or somewhere like that.

    I haven’t used glitter fabric paint in years, but as a kid, my grandma and I used to work on craft projects like this using glitter paint. You’ve brought back some happy memories for me!

    1. Thanks, Jamie. I must say that glitter fabric paint has come a long way in the years since I used it last, as well. Now, it’s so smooth and easy to get a clean, consistent design – color me quite impressed with this stuff. :)

      Thanks for stopping by today!

  10. What a great idea!! I’m really starting to love gold and this pillow looks so cute! Pinning

    1. Thank you so much, Sydney. I am just getting into gold myself and little (and temporary) additions like this are the perfect segue. Thanks for stopping by today.

  11. Sarah, I love this pillow! and I’m all about the quick and easy crafts. Found you on Your Turn to Shine.

    1. We love it, too, Rebekah – uick and easy crafts are the best! Thanks for stopping by from the party.

    1. Thanks, Heather. Easy projects make me happy and this one fit the bill. I wish I’d done something different on the top corner because it just looks a little “off,” but there’s always next year.