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Love Stencilled Pillow – Free “Love & Life” Template

| Crafts & DIY, For the Home

Love Stencilled Pillow

Love Stencilled Pillow – a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a plain pillow.

Love Stencilled Pillow – Free “Love & Life” Template – I’ve been on the search for the perfect pillows for our living room for over a year now.  As you can see, it’s a very monochromatic room (which I like in this instance) but it really needed a pop of colour.  I picked the blue colour from a painting that’s on the wall over the piano on the opposite side of the room.  I love the blue vase on the coffee table but I’ve have had so much trouble finding pillows with a similar blue.  I was open to anything really but I had no luck.  Finally, over the weekend, I found these simple pillows for only $9 each.  I brought them home and threw them on the couch – perfect.  Well, perfect except that they were kind of boring.  I was thinking about adding lace or ribbon but that’s not really our style. Finally, I came to the conclusion that a simple word stencilled in white would work beautifully (and if Michael didn’t like them I would just flip them over).

I picked up some fabric paint, created a template for the words ‘LOVE” and ‘LIFE” in Adobe Illustrator and got down to business.  I’m pretty happy with the final result… and it seems I don’t need to turn over the pillows. 😉

Material:

  • Pillow
  • Acrylic craft or fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint in Wedding Cake White)
  • Vinyl (approx 12″ x 12″ for both words) with a sticky/adhesive backing (use whatever extra scraps you have – I used chalkboard vinyl because I have extra)
  • Cutting machine or xacto knife (and some patience)
  • ‘LOVE’ and ‘LIFE’ template – download svg file, ai8 file or pdf here
  • Pouncer (small-medium size)

 Instructions:

  1. Download the printable template (above).
  2. Cut out your letters using a cutting machine or by hand with an xacto knife so that you have just the negative of the word (see photos in second row down).
  3. Place the vinyl template carefully over the pillow so that it’s centred and exactly where you want it – smooth the vinyl down so that there are no places where the paint can get under the edges.
  4. Pour out a bit of your paint and dab some paint on the pounce, whiping off any excess. Gently dab the pouncer on the pillow in the letter space.  You want it covered well, but also not too caked on. Complete all the letters this way. Set aside and allow paint to dry completely.
  5. Gently peel off the vinyl.  Once the paint has air dried for 24 hours, go over the letters with an iron to set the paint permanently (put a thin towel over the pillow to cover the painted letters while you iron).
  6. Place the pillow into position, stand back and admire.

 

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DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial

| For the Home

Before and after frosted glass effect.

Before and after frosted glass effect.

DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM.   Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom.  Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn’t noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we’d purchased it and spent our first night living here.  I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock.  My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would.  Now after living here for over a year I’m done with it… I want privacy!

This week, my husband’s away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home.  I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film.  There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it’s not sticky so it’s ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here’s how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):

How to install window film.

How to install window film.

 

  1. Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles.  I had a friend who recommended that it’s best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it’s in place.
  2. I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap.  Spray the window pane with water from the bottle.  Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
  4. Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you’re happy with the placement.
  5. At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier.  I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
  6. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
  7. Wipe off any excess water
  8. Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.
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