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Easy Decorating DIY — Make Taped and Painted Pillows in ANY Pattern!!

I have used stencils to create patterns on pillows, so I thought it would be fun to try creating patterns on pillow with tape.

I used ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to make these pillows. And it couldn’t be easier to create one-of-a-kind pillows this way.

Here’s what you need:

  • A pillow cover
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric Medium
  • Roller Paint Brush


Here’s what you do:

  • Put paper inside of the pillow cover so the paint won’t seep through to the back of the pillow cover.
  • Sketch out a pattern that you want to try.
  • Mix the paint and fabric medium. Fabric medium makes the paint washable and makes it softer.
  • Use your hand to smooth down the tape onto the pillow cover.A tight seal on the edge of the tape will keep the paint from seeping under the tape.
  • Spread the paint onto a paper plate.
  • Roll the roller in paint and then roll it onto the pillow cover. You may need to do two coats for full coverage.
  • Let the paint dry and then put a pillow inside of the pillow cover.
  • Enjoy your new pillow!

(I made up a honeycomb pattern with Scotch Blue Tape)

I love that you can tape ANY pattern you want.

The ideas are unlimited!!

Here is a video I made creating these pillows:

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Have you ever used tape as a stencil on a project? Post your project — and tell me about it — in the comments below!


Note: This is a sponsored collaboration between TatertotsAndJello.com and ScotchBlue. I received compensation for this post; however the opinions — and the pillow project — are all mine. My complete disclosures are here. And I really do like ScotchBlue tape.


  1. Jen you seriously amaze me! I love these so much! You have me thinking of so many other fun ideas I could do with Painters tape, who knew?!

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Gotta love your awesome pillows. Great tut also. I’ll be haunting the thrift store for plain pillows to decorate or some on sale. Love the patterns you made on your pillows.
    I have used tape to decorate a slip cover and curtains before as we’ve lived out of town a few miles the last 3 states we’ve lived in so going to town for little things isn’t an option alot of the time. I had to learn to make do alot but look upon that as a good thing.
    This from a so Cal city girl. We moved from San Diego area to 32 miles from town in MT. where everybody was at least 10 acres away from each other.
    Always enjoy your projects and love your blog.

  3. so funny .. i actually picked up MS fabric medium last week and have pillow covers i want to take a stab at …. 😉 have you tried using this stuff? http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-32251-Create-Stencil/dp/B007C7XQQE … i see there’s only a bad 1 star review on amazon …

  4. You know I LOVE that honeycomb pillow Jen! So fun.

  5. This is so ingenious!! No need to hunt for the perfect pillow or perfect fabric – make what you want! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Totally, totally awesome! In an area where it’s hard to find good fabric, these ideas are priceless!

  7. Just did a tape stencil pillow last week! Modeled after Caitlin Wilson’ Deco pillow. You can see it here:
    Especially love that honeycomb one you did!

  8. Great idea! Love the neat patterns you made. :) You seriously have the best pillow posts! :)

  9. Jen!! These pillows are so adorable. I can never find any patterns and colors to suit my needs. This is a perfect solution.

  10. where do you get plain pillow covers like this? Did you make them or have them lying around? They are really cute

  11. Those are gorgeous Jen. I swear you are queen of pillows. You make the best ones. My pillows bow down to yours. 😉

    • hahaha!! I think you are the queen of pillows. Your pillows are amazing. And I am in love with your new kitchen and the subway tile!


  12. such a clever idea! love the possibilities. because, as you know…we bloggers like to change things up a bit!


    • LOL – so true!! Pillow covers are so fun to make and change up for the seasons. Thanks my friend!!


  13. They look awesome! Painting fabric is scary to me but you make it look worth it. 😉

  14. They came out great!

  15. I love the “honeycomb” one! Actually all 3 are great. This is such a fun idea for affordable pillow covers!

  16. This is amazing Jen! Martha Stewart’s line of paints are so versatile! Love your creativity!

  17. Love this Jen! I’ve always wondered if it would seep through on material. I wonder no more. :) You are a genius!

  18. I love this idea Jen! Thanks for sharing!


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