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Stenciled Pillows {tutorial} — New Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line!!

Last week I came home to a big box of craftiness!! 
 It was the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line. And let me tell you – this line has things that have never been available before!! 
For one thing, the colors of this line are beautiful — 160 colors to choose from, in all sorts of finishes: Glitter, Pearl, Satin and High Gloss!!

I love this idea — there are special applicator tops that convert paint bottles into tools!! So you can add your paint to the bottle and then screw on an applicator top and you are ready to stencil without having to keep dipping your roller in a paint tray. Not only is it convenient but it also saves on materials and clean up!!

And my favorite thing might be the revolutionary Spray Paint Kit that lets you turn any Martha Stewart paint color into a spray paint.

{What??? Yes, it’s true!!!} 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I am not going to be boxed into a project just based on the limited spray paint colors that are available at the hardware store. Now I have 160 colors of spray painting options for projects. This is genius!!

Plus, there are really cool mediums like Chalkboard, Gilding, Glow-in-the-Dark, Etching, Metal Primer and they work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, Terra-cotta and fabric.  PLUS,  it’s indoor/outdoor safe and  is dishwasher-safe when used on glass. And it’s non-toxic, so it’s safe to use around your kiddos. Amazing!! 

 Just think of the project possibilities – the sky’s the limit!! 
I was on vacation when my package arrived, so I only had one day to play with the products, but I am SO excited to try out all of the different products in this line.
And the stencils are FAB!!

I made a few different pillows for my new Kitchen Makeover.
Stenciled Pillows Tutorial:

  • Measure your pillow form and add 2 inch to the width and length of your pre-washed fabric.
  • Add Paint and Fabric Medium to Roller Container.

  • I found the trick was to roll the paint on and then use the smaller sponge to smooth the paint over the fabric. This smoothed the paint and made the surface even. 
  • Then, once the painted dried, I ironed the pillow fronts to “set” the paint. This makes the paint washable.
  •  The last thing I did was I sewed the pillows together. And guess what?? I made my first zippered pillows. So fun!! A tutorial on that coming up soon!! 

I also made two other pillows using Martha Stewart supplies. The first was I made over this star pillow. I used the Spray Paint Kit. It was incredible. It works just like regular spray paint!! It is a little pricey — so save your 40% off coupons :) **I have a link to a coupon at the bottom of this post.

Then I used one of the special brushes to make lines on the pillow. I love that it looks hand done!


And the last pillow I made I added rows of ruffle fabric and stenciled the word “Family” with another of the Martha Stewart Stencils.

I had such a ball experimenting with this new Martha Stewart craft line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. The product is available at Michaels stores in the US and Canada starting the last week of August. You will love all of the possibilities this new line will bring to your creative projects!!

**Here is a link to a 40% off Michael’s coupon
All opinions are 100% mine.
Full post disclosure here.
And, there are so many wonderful tutorials using this line coming up in the next two weeks from dozens of creative bloggers. I can’t wait to see all of the fun projects!! Be sure to check out the ones today from: 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 
And if you want more information, here’s a video from Martha demonstrating this line:

PS — If you want to win some product from this new Martha Stewart Craft Paint line, some giveaways will be coming up. I’ll let you know about them. So stay tuned :)


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  8. Have you had any problems with your MS paint sprayer? I got one from Michael’s and it worked beautifully the first time. When I got it out to use it again, it wouldn’t spray. I exchanged it without a problem and the exact same thing happened. I can’t find any information on line about others having a problem so I wonder if I’m doing something incorrectly. I cleaned it according to the instructions, both times.
    Thanks, Diane

  9. shiva khazen says:

    thankyou for everthing

  10. I’ve always loved Martha’s ideas and her product line. Been a fan since the beginning. I’m attempting this project this weekend to recover my dining room chairs.

  11. And I featured this one in my roundup here too!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  12. Oh my. It’s all so beautiful! Great to know that there are so many color options. I love the colors you used too.

  13. I am planning a project with the new MS sprayer kit. I will need additional satin spray medium but am unable to even find it. Have you run into this problem? I can not afford to buy a new $30 spray just to get the spray medium included in the box. Ideas? Many thanks.

  14. Is this the stencil you used? Thanks!

  15. :( cant see the pictures for some reas…

  16. hi!!! your pillows look amazing!! but i didn’t get to see the picture on any computer i tried it on, can you pleas send me the pictures on repost them? so i can put images to the tutorial.

  17. I just moved into a furnished apartment and this is exactly the project I need to spice up the ugly throw pillows!
    I was sad that only one of the pictures from this blog showed up on my computer, and am wondering if there is a way you could email me some of the pictures from your project!

  18. Rebecca says:

    Hi Jen – those stencils came out great! I’m about to stencil curtains (a big project for my first venture into stenciling). Not only in your blog, but I’ve seen in others as well, where Fabric Medium was added to their paint. Can you explain what it does and why you need it? I thought ironing the curtains after it dries sets the paint in – what am I missing?

  19. Cool site! Can’t wait to try some of the applications!

  20. Love the pillows

  21. Hello Jen-
    The pillows look great! What color paint did you use for the teal color? Went to Michael’s today after reading your website and couldn’t figure out the paint color.


  22. DENY Designs says:

    Oh Martha! Great post! Stenciling is certainly trending this month. We just wrote a blog on stenciled tables! So cool!


  23. Alright now, how do WE get our hands on all those goodies?! 😉 I love the paint and I love the stencil pattern! Thanks for sharing!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  24. I ran into these last night at Michaels and can't wait to try! My first idea was new pillows for my guest bedroom and I am so happy to see these tutorials. I just started blogging myself so I can't wait to link up!

  25. For the Love of a Cottage says:

    I love the pillows and the shower curtain. The sky is the limit with these products!! You don't have to find the perfect fabric…just paint it!!!

  26. Mod Podge Amy says:

    I love these Jen – pretty colors!

  27. linenandoak says:

    WOW! That fabric is gorgeous! I'm gonna have to try that! Great job!

  28. This is a DIYers dream come true. Turn any paint into spray paint?! Are you kidding?! Thank you Martha!!

  29. These pillows are fantastic. Pin, stumble, tweet…
    Saved By Love Creations

  30. I have never tried to paint fabric but these look so fabulous I may just have to try!

  31. the pillows look GREAT!!

  32. You had me at spray paint!!

  33. Michelle Whitlow says:

    that looks like so much fun!!

  34. Woah nelly! That spray paint thing is amazing!!! I shall start stalking my local Mike's right away!

  35. Ok so this is the COOLEST thing EVER!! And though I know I have absolutely NO business asking you this because you are such an awesome blogger, I would LOVE to have you link up to my BRAND new turquoise lovin' linky party… http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

  36. These are awesome! I would have never thought of painting fabric to make a pillow! I will have to try it out now! I am starting up a new link party- I would love it, if you have time, to come link this up!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/08/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-1.html

    xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

  37. lauren@warmandfuzzy says:

    wow…this has almost brought me out of my crafting funk…this is an awesome collection! love love love those pillows

  38. They sell the spray paint thing only not Martha Stewart at lowes and home depot. It comes with a glass bottle to put paint in, and you can buy replacement air cans seperately. It works great!

  39. This is so funny! I was at Micheal's today and saw all of this new wonderful stuff! I almost picked up the stencil that you used – and thought of you when I saw it!! I decided to wait for my 40% coupon :)

  40. Your pillows are gorgeous! I used one of the same stencils on my mirror. I can't wait to use the others!

  41. The Blonde Duck says:

    I never knew you could stencil a pillow!

  42. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co says:

    WOW!!!!!!!! That is an absolutely amazing line and I LOVE the versatility and options! Thanks for the awesome review! Can't wait to try it all out!!!

  43. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says:

    Love the pillows, Jen! I got that same stencil, and I think I may try making a shower curtain with it. Thanks for the tut!

  44. Connie Weiss says:

    And I didn't think I could love Martha anymore!!!!

  45. The Hills says:

    Is it bad that after reading your post I went to my nearest Michaels and bought me some stencils and paint!!!! I wish I could get a package like that in the mail, how fun!!

  46. Soooo beautiful! I think I am gonna die if I don't use these!!!

  47. I want it all!

  48. KV Creative Designs says:

    Awesomeness!! Can't wait for a giveaway!

    Artful Blessings,

  49. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Well you know that I'm not all that crafty, although I do love to pretend I am sometimes. Still, I got excited just looking at all these fun things, you must have been a bit crazy when you opened the box!! Love the pillows!

  50. That is awesome. I'm a sucker for MS stuff.

  51. Domestic Chicky says:

    Love it! What does the fabric feel like after? That has been my big hesitation in using fabric paints…

  52. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    That Martha! She is so darn SMART!!! And so are YOU….those pillows are darling!

  53. Gallamore West says:

    I love the colors you chose and I'm in AWE that her paints can now be converted into spray paint… that's like Christmas morning x160!!! Awesome job with your pillows!

  54. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    Holy Moley, Jen! You did that all in one day! And got it photographed & posted? I'm in awe. Love every pillow.

    I love that you used the sprayer for fabric. I had a few "issues" with the sprayer but I'll keep trying. And it never dawned on me to use the roller for stencils – doh! I pounced, just like the good ol' days.

    Love your colors. So soothing. Like I said, I'm in awe!

  55. Tanya Anurag says:


  56. Carmie of the Single Nester says:

    Martha and you have done it again! Just an fyi, I credited something I saw on your blog today when I followed a tutorial. Have a great day!

  57. Myra @ My Blessed Life says:

    Jen! What amazing products! I'm already in love with the incredible paint selection and the sprayer? OH MY WORD! Great job on your stenciled pillows!! XOXO

  58. Those pillows are awesome!

    The cool thing about you is that you got that box and made some very creative things! If I got a box like that, I'd still be looking at it all trying to decide what the heck to make. LOL!

  59. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Oh wow!! There are some seriously cool new products here! I love that stencil roller – that would make painting so easy!
    The pillows are really cute too. I love the stencil and that starfish is adorable!

  60. Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful says:

    Wow, I can't wait to try some of this stuff. Looks amazing. Especially the spray paint thing.

    Martha rocks!

  61. claudia b says:

    oh my goodness, this looks like such a great line – the pillows came out fabulous!!

  62. bethanndodd says:

    Leave it Martha!!

    Your pillows look amazing…how cool!


  63. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    I'm drooling on my keyboard!! The spray paint thingy is amazing. I'm kinda speechless. (So rare for me…)
    Great pillows and tutorials too!

  64. Ack! I already have umpteen projects in the idea hopper, now I have lots and lots more! Fantastic line. Good for creativity. Not so good for getting to the bottom of the list.

  65. { kelly jo } says:

    love. love. love. And pinned :)

  66. Michelle L. says:

    1. the stenciled pillows are fabulous, you really created gorgeous fabric!


    3. great post, you did all this in a day? I weep with envy at your blogging skillz!

  67. Shanna @ Yellow Pocket Boutique says:

    This is amazing! I crafter's dream package of goodies. I can't wait to see all the awesome projects you create with it! Thanks for sharing!

  68. Can Martha even top herself? WOW, such awesome products, I cannot WAIT to try them. I've been needing a stencil to do some frosted glass spray on my sidelights, and this will be PERFECT! YAY for Martha. I've recently purchased some curtains from her line at Home Depot and I am super impressed. She really does doit all.

  69. Wow… those sound like some amazing products. I love the idea of being able to turn any of her paint into spray paint! She has such fabulous colors. I can't wait til everything comes out in the stores… I'm dying to try some of it!

  70. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    So fun! This entire line looks like it has so much potential. I love the stenciled pillows!!

  71. Thank you for sharing! I love the blue color you chose for the pillows–it is what I want for one of the rooms. Now, I need to check out my local store–these products look awesome.

  72. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    WOW!! Great products!! I can't wait to see more from y'all!! :) I am excited!!

  73. Anna@Directions Not Included says:

    I would LOVE to come home to stash of goodies like that!! I need to try out the stencils and fabric paint. I love that idea. Thanks for sharing.

  74. WOW! How fun! Those turned out ADORABLE Jen! :)

  75. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Girl, you amaze me! You just whipped up those pillows in no time. I got the same lattice & words stencils you did & had fun playing with them all. I didn't do anything as fancy-schmancy as you did though! These products are great, I'd highly recommend them. xoxo

  76. Brynwood Needleworks says:

    Your pillows are gorgeous! What a fun project. Thanks for sharing your review of Martha's products.

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  77. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Hurray for Martha Stewart!! I got almost all the same stencils as you, with one exception. I love the pillow projects you came up with! And the starfish is just brilliant.

  78. ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ says:

    Your projects look great, I can't wait to try the new line:)

  79. HollowSquirrel says:

    What a box of fun!! Everything looks beautiful and SMART — just like Martha! Awesome!! Can't wait to see what else you create from her kits!

  80. I'd love to see what you would do if you had a "week" to play around!
    whoa girl, you got busy!
    I love your pillows, you did a great job stenciling! I'm impressed.

  81. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Your pillows turned out beautifully, Jen! I can't believe that Martha Stewart line! I think I would not know where to start seeing all this. Love all the options and all the colors.

  82. aren't you miss fancy pants 😉
    They turned out great! No one would ever know it was paint!

  83. Heidiopia says:

    AWESOME!! Thanks for test-driving and sharing, Jen! I'll now be watching for my 40% off coupon from Michaels. :)
    Happy Monday~ Heidi @ Show Some Decor


  85. Martha's new paint products look incredible! I love what you created using your samples!

  86. I love all the pillows, stencils… The photos are great, congrats:)

  87. kalanicut says:

    Wow. I'm sorta speechless. That's a lot of awesome stuff & some tools to make the DIY life easier. Stunningly fun looking.


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