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!
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.
Quick. Crafts. Rock.
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. Today, however, I fit in not one, but two quick crafts and I am riding a serious creative high right now. Love, love, love anything that can be done while the family is calming down before bed.
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Back to this awesome holiday glitter pillow… 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.
If you’re crafting alone, go ahead and put on The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Goodness, I’m really loving the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (partner link). No kidding – I’m dancing while I’m typing this, so if there are any typos, blame the Jacksons.
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.
- Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paints Gold and Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paints Silver (Be sure to get this style of glitter paint!)
- Paint Brushes. I used two sizes (a smaller brush for the thinner sections and outlines).
- Font / Print-out
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. This font is a free font available from DaFont or FontSpace and is a great go-to cursive handwriting font. If you have a cutting machine, you could use it and know that I’m a bit green with a bit of envy. It’s okay though, ‘cuz my envy is holiday green.
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.
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.
I used two coats on everything and then went back and touched up any spot that looked less-than-glitterific. Glitterific, ya’ll. Glitterific.
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.