Saint Patrick’s Day Pillow Makeover

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Did you know that fabrics can be painted with chalk paint?  Before Christmas, my friend Nancy transformed a thrift shop pillow into one perfect for her Christmas décor with chalk paint.  I didn’t get my act together to make a Christmas pillow like Nancy’s, but I did use her technique to make two pillows for St. Patrick’s Day décor.

My living room has two wing backed chairs that flank our fireplace.  I thought it would be fun to display my St. Patrick’s Day pillows on these two chairs.  Before I started my project, it took a bit of thought to decide what two words I wanted to use for my pillows.  “Lucky” immediately came to mind.  After searching the Internet for another word, I settled on “Blarney” which means talk that aims to charm, pleasantly flatter, or persuade.

Blarney Pillow

Lucky Pillow2


This project was quite simple.  I started with two thrift store pillows and painted them with chalk paint in white.  I should have read Nancy’s tutorial more carefully because she recommends mixing the paint with water and I didn’t do that.  I used the back side of the pineapple pillow since the embroidered pineapple pattern showed through the paint.

Pillows Before


Blarney and Lucky were printed out in a size that matched the pillows.

Blarney and Lucky


To transfer the word onto the pillow, rub the back side of the word with a piece of chalk.

Chalk on Back of Words


To transfer the word to the pillow, place the word chalk side down on the pillow and trace around it using a pen.

Lucky on Pillow


Carefully paint inside the chalk lines using a small brush.  The brush I used wasn’t quite small enough and my words didn’t come out quite as neat as I would have liked, but they will do.  I really liked my pillows but thought they needed a little something more.

Pillows Before Embellishing


I added a cloverleaf to each by gluing on three gold buttons and painting a stem.

Shamrock Detail


I love the end result of this project!

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  1. I really love the pillows! So cute. You are so creative.

  2. Thanks for linking my pillow up Paula! These are super cute! I didn’t even think about doing pillows for St Patricks! Love them. :)
    Have a great weekend, friend! Pinning these cute pillows!

  3. These are so cute! I love them! What a great idea about painting them! I love the detail with the buttons too.

  4. Cute! I’m really trying to decorate for every holiday now that my son is old enough to enjoy it and learn about each one, so this will help this month!

  5. I love the “Blarney!” So cute!

  6. Adorable! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I’m featuring your post tomorrow in my DIY Pillow Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  7. Paula, these are adorable. I especially love the shamrocks made from buttons!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

  8. These are too cute! I really love the Blarney. Would you mind sharing what font you used? I have all my supplies ready to make the pillows. I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

    • Patti – I’m pretty sure that I used Lucinda Handwriting for this project. If you make pillows, I hope you will share your pictures with me.



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