How to create a beautiful fall throw pillow out of the lid of a candle. You never know what you can make out of the most unusual things.
Last year my girlfriend gave me this beautiful candle She had picked it up at Marshall’s.
The jar was a brilliant blue ( my favorite color) and had this lovely wood top carved into a pumpkin! and the candle smelled divine.
However, I kept looking at the lid of this candle and thinking, there must be something I can do with this fun pumpkin lid.
Suddenly the light bulb went on, and I knew I could stamp an easy fall throw pillow
I can use this lid as a stamp.
And so the story began.
Off we went to collect my supplies
Here is what you will need
- Blank pillow case cover
- Either a pumpkin stamp, stencil or cookie cutter.
- Acrylic paint in a mossy green, golden brown, burnt sienna,, and a paprika color.
- A small paintbrush set
- Some water
Before you start to paint, be sure to put a piece of foil or wax paper inside of the pillow so the paint does not bleed through to the back side of the pillow.
I painted some paint onto the pumpkin lid and stamped the pumpkins onto the pillow cover.
Of course, you may not be able to find this candle, but you could use a stamp, a stencil or even a cookie cutter to create a pumpkin shape.
I simply repeated this process several times until I have an entire pile of pumpkins. You can see that I piled my pumpkins all in the lower left corner as I felt it was pleasing to the eye. I even laid a few of the pumpkins on top of each other so they looked as natural as possible.
How to Paint an Easy Fall Throw Pillow
I used an assortment of colors that I listed above on my paint palette and then mixed the colors together to create the look I wanted. I made each pumpkin look different.
Secondly, I create shading by adding a darker color to one side of the pumpkin and adding more water to give it a more translucent look. I also shaded a few of the pumpkins darker in the center.
Once you have finished the painting process, let the pillow dry overnight before using it.
The Quest for the Perfect Pillow Insert
This can drive you crazy! But the foam is out, at least for me.
If money is tight and there’s only one option, it might be best to use a fake-down alternative. They look just as good (if not better) than real feathers without all those pesky allergies that come from the down.
Of course, my first option would be down feathers, if you do not have any allergies and they are in the budget for you.
How to style your Fall Throw Pillow
There are many different shapes and styles of pillows.
Square pillows are just what the name implies—square lol!
Lumbar pillows provide support to your lower back. They’re called lumbar because they help that area of our spine, and can even alleviate pain in our backs.
With so many shapes and sizes available for throw pillows, there is sure to be enough variety out there no matter where you need some extra cushioning.
Square pillows tend to come in a variety of sizes from 16″ to 30″ as well as lumbar pillows.
I’ve been buying the inserts from my favorite pillow shops for a while now and I can tell you that they are worth every penny. However, sometimes you find the perfect pillow and it comes with the inners. Just be sure to remove the inners and use your feather inners.
You get exactly what your insert needs so there’s no guessing about sizes or anything, it just makes life easier on yourself in general by not having to store any extra inserts around!
Mixing up your Throw Pillows
Mixing throw pillows is all about making sure you have fun and don’t overthink it. Follow these formulas for the perfect mix!
- When shopping for your home, it’s important to start with a color scheme so you know what styles and brands fit into the look. I like to use 2-3 colors max (and mix them in) alongside some neutrals – this helps me find lots of different options to create the look I want.
- Mixing up your pillows is the key to keeping a couch feeling casual and comfortable. It’s ok if none of them match, but I prefer choosing different patterns for an all-over less formal vibe or a more laid-back style with mixing textures (think: plaid against chevron), divisions into colors/ themes such as simple stripes versus geometric shapes thrown in there just because they look good together.
Lastly, Mix up the Sizes of Your throw Pillows
The key to getting that designer look is using the right size pillow. You want your sofa and chairs to look like they cost thousands of dollars, but you can’t do it without big comfy cushions!
For really elegant couches or loveseats try 20″ or larger pillows—these will give the appearance of a very expensive couch. You can then add a variety of smaller size pillows as well.
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