DIY Pillows

We love monogrammed anything, so the idea that you can make lettered pillows with your kids is especially exciting. These mid-century-style ones were inspired by Alexander Girard's bold use of color and striking fonts. All you need are a few basic supplies and some creative direction from your kids.

Supplies: freezer paper, an X-Acto knife, fabric paint, an iron, a paper bag, a writing utensil, a removable pillow case, and access to a computer and printer 

1. Pick out your favorite downloadable font at and print out your image or letter.
2. Place your freezer paper wax side down over your image and trace. Carefully cut out with an X-Acto knife to create your stencil.
3. Center your freezer paper stencil on your pillow and iron on high heat. Press down for a few seconds at a time rather than move from side to side.
4. Fill in the negative space from your stencil with a light coat of fabric or acrylic paint. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time and then apply a second coat. (If patience isn't your strong suit, use a blow dryer!)
5. Heat-set your paint with your iron. Use a thin dish towel or pillowcase to protect the iron's surface.
6. Remove freezer paper and admire your handiwork!

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