Polka-dot Painted Pillows {for the grandkid’s room}

Hi! Ready for another simple and money saving installment of the Grandkid’s Room Makeover I’ve been working on over at my parent’s house? You may remember awhile ago the painted curtains that I did in this room that were inspired by an expensive fabric. Well, when it came time to find some large pillow covers on a VERY tight budget, I decided to whip out the paint again.

Easy Polka-Dot Painted Pillows

Painting my own pillows not only saved money, but it was easy to get the exact colors I wanted.

I picked up some white fabric from Wal-mart for about 5 dollars per yard. It is thick, like canvas and can be found in the section with the upholstery and linings.

I made 3 envelope pillow covers with the fabric and was ready to paint.

Easy Polka-Dot Painted Pillows

My favorite paint to work with on fabric is Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint.**  I like it because it is a good consistency for painting on fabric and you don’t have to worry about mixing in a fabric medium. I also recently discovered these Pouncers** that made getting perfect circles really easy.

Before you get started, put something like a paper bag inside each pillow cover to keep the paint from soaking through both layers.


Now go to town with your pouncers. I found that getting enough paint on my pouncer was key. Then I pressed down, held for a second and gave it a little wiggle.

I did large polka-dots in Navy, medium ones in turquoise, and small ones in lime green.


After they dried, I had to go back and do a little bit of touch up with a brush. I found that as the paint dried there were little specs of white fabric that showed through, but they were easily touched up.


That’s it! Super simple and high impact!

The big reveal will be in the next couple of weeks.

And just in case you missed them, here are some other budget friendly projects from this room.

How to Make a Duvet Cover

{How to Make a Duvet Cover}

Jumbo Polka Dot Painted Curtains Tutorial

{Jumbo Polka-dot Painted Curtains}

See the Grandkid Room Reveal here!

Grandkid room reveal: Kid's room with turquoise and green that they won't grow out off too soon.

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

27 thoughts on “Polka-dot Painted Pillows {for the grandkid’s room}

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  3. Jessica R says:

    great idea! Have you had any problems washing them ?

  4. Jessica R says:

    Hi, this is such a cute idea! Question, is it safe for kids to put it on their face and also have you had any trouble washing them ?

    1. Hi Jessica. Great questions. I haven’t washed these, but I have washed other fabric that I’ve painted with the same brand of paint and they do ok. I wouldn’t do this on something that needs to be washed constantly. The paint is non-toxic so it should be fine. These ones are pretty much decorative with the exception of the kids using them as reading pillows. They are too gigantic to sleep on anyway. Let me know if you have any more questions and thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. I have the same addiction! I actually did a full set of drapes! Pretty awesome stuff…you get a custom design for much less money. Gotta love that! ~Lisa

    1. Absolutely! I did drapes too. That is what started the addiction 🙂 Thanks for coming by. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Oh what a cool and easy craft! This would be something that I can do on the weekend– I’m always looking for ways to spruce up little M’s room

  7. These are TOO much cuteness!!!! Love it! Pinning!


  8. These are adorable Corey! I love them – am thinking of trying to integrate some painted polka dots into my boys’ bedroom somewhere – you have inspired me! Pinning and sharing on FB:)

    1. Thanks Krista! When you do your dots you have to get those pouncers. They are awesome! Have a fantastic weekend!

    2. Corey- I love these so much that I’m featuring you tomorrow morning at Work it Wednesday – hop by to grab your button if you have the chance! Thanks for sharing it with us:)

  9. These are way too cute, Corey!! Love how easy they are to make. I kind of want to put polka dots on everything now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Nice color combination for the dots.

  11. I love anything polka dot, so I think these are just lovely. I appreciate all the great tips that you’ve picked up and then shared, it’s nice to learn from someone else’s mistakes!

  12. Al says:

    I love this pillow. I made some artwork for my living room a few months ago using the same colours (plus a few more). One was subway tile and the other was polkadots. This pillow would match perfectly!

    1. The greens and blues are definitely my favorite bold colors. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Those pillows turned out so cute Corey! I can’t wait to see the whole room pulled together!

    1. Thanks Toni! Looking forward to our V-day post!!!

  14. I love these pillows so much! Thank you for all of the great tips as well, I did not know about the polk a dot sponges or the awesome multisurface paints from Martha Stewart. Always great to find new tools for crafting. Thanks so much Corey, I can’t wait to see the big reveal, eeeee fun!

    1. Thanks Sonnet! Those pouncers are my new favorite (and my little girl loves them too!) She was painting with them and told me she was going to “put it on her blog.” Hahaha…I’m creating a monster!

  15. I am making these immediately!! What a brilliant idea! I use those same pouncers to make polka dots all the time, it never occurred to me to use them on pillows. Thank you for sharing, Corey!

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