The change in the seasons always makes me want to up the stakes on my decor.
Last winter, my sitting room resembled a hunting lodge - I had so much faux fur to get cosy under.
When spring came around, out went the fluffiness and in came cool whites and greys.
I always have one eye on the pennies and make sure I get the best value.
This is a TOP TIP - I have removable, washable sofa covers - great for kids and pets and even better for changing up the colour scheme on a dime!
What about those seasonal pillows and cushions?
I LOVE this collection from Janine - the Happy, Happy Nester.
They are such a great way to add a pop of colour or to change the feel of a room. But they can get pricey!
If I want 6 or 8 cushions at around $40+ each, that is quite a chunk of change!
So here is a little cheat you will love.
Seasonal Decor Pillows you will want to keep out all year!
HOW TO MAKE DESIGNER PILLOWS FOR UNDER $10!
Let me show you.
These are my SUMMER pillows...but pop back as I will be adding my Fall ones in the next few days!
I have THE MOST GORGEOUS napkins to use...
YOU WILL NEED
- Pillow Slips or Covers. I use GURLI covers from IKEA at $4.99 each
- Napkins (pretty, seasonal, funny...up to you!)
- A piece of cardboard that fits inside your pillow
- Fusion Mineral Paint Decoupage & Transfer Gel
- 2 Paintbrushes
- Fusion Mineral Paint Clear Tough Coat or Clear Wax
- Plastic Kitchen Wrap
- An Iron (Optional - I find it a good idea to iron the cover before i start)
You can buy Fusion supplies in person or online. See where HERE.
Once your pillow is flat (or even ironed), and you have gathered your supplies, lay it out and insert the cardboard inside. Like putting the cheese in your sandwich!
Choose your napkin. You may decide to use the whole design, or you may choose to only use elements of the design. Either way now is the time to cut or tear the image you want out and arrange them on the cover.
TIP - Remember to separate the 'Plys' of the napkin before you begin to glue.
Take your Decoupage & Transfer Gel and apply it directly to the Pillow fabric. Apply it only where you want the napkin to adhere.
Once the Gel is on the fabric, 'drop' your napkin directly on top. DO NOT TOUCH IT!
Take your Kitchen Wrap and tear off a piece large enough to cover your napkin. Daub some gel onto the wrap and drop it, gel side down, on top of the napkin.
Take a second piece of Clear Wrap and screw it into a ball. Daube some gel onto the smoothest part and begin to run it over the Wrap/Napkin.
Work from the centre to the edge, smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles.
Carefully remove the Kitchen Wrap. Allow to dry. You can leave overnight, or use a hairdryer if you are impatient!
TIP - Roll the Wrap toward you rather than pulling it vertically to avoid bringing up the napkin.
Once dry apply a coat of Fusion Tough Coat using a brush or a sponge. Allow to dry.
As simple as that!
Seriously there really is no limit to what you can do with this. There are so many amazing napkin designs available to buy. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - and because they are wipeable they resist spills! I don't think they would survive the washing machine though!
TIP - could have double-sided pillows - Spring on the front, Summer on the back.
Oh I am so excited...show me all the Napkins!
Have fun out there!