Stenciled burlap pillow covers are easy to make and will look great in any room of your home.  Here we are using an outdoor paint to add some embellishment so we can spruce up a porch or patio. 
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Stenciled Burlap Pillow Covers

Author: Angie Holden


  • Burlap pillow covers I found mine at Hobby Lobby
  • Stencils of your choice I am using two from DecoArt
  • Outdoor paint in the colors of your choice be sure to choose a good quality paint
  • Sponge pouncer brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Iron
  • Scrap paper or cardboard
  • Outdoor pillow forms


  • Start by washing your burlap pillow covers then iron them to remove any wrinkles.
  • Then insert scrap paper or cardboard into the pillow cover to protect it if any paint seeps through.
  • Set aside pillow cover and turn stencil over to the back side.  Spray well with a stencil adhesive and allow to dry completely.
  • Once dry, press down well into place on your pillow cover.
  • Load up your sponge pouncer brush with your outdoor paint.  NOTE: You can use an indoor paint or even fabric ink if you are going to be using these pillows inside.
  • Then paint over the stencil making sure that all areas are covered with paint.  You may have to go over some areas twice.
  • Peel back stencil to reveal your design.
  • For some stencils, you may want to use a regular paint brush at this point to fill in some of the stencil lines.  This is especially true of words or letters.
  • Allow to dry completely.  Be sure to read the back of any paint that you are using to see if a heat set is required after drying.
  • Remove the scrap paper from the inside of the pillow cover and add in an outdoor pillow form.
  • These stenciled burlap pillow covers are ready for your porch or patio!