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Paint a Christmas Pillow Like a Pro

It’s no secret that Pottery Barn has absolutely beautiful pillows. Last year one particular pillow with a holly leaf wreath caught the eye of Colleen from Just Paint It.  She knew she could replicate the design with craft paint on a piece of drop cloth for a similar effect. I love how Colleen breaks the steps down for you, so even the non-artist can pick up a paint brush with confidence. Here’s what she says about her new pillow: “It wound up much easier to knock off than I thought, using a simply holly stencil and cotton swabs for the berries. It can be painted easily in an afternoon.”

painted holly pillow

Colleen was inspired by the retired Holly Leaf Drop Cloth Pillow from Pottery Barn.

holly leaf drop cloth pillow

Go to Just Paint It for the step-by-step tutorial.

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Wednesday 20th of November 2013


I was looking at it on collen's page at 'just paint it' and I can't believe how great it looks.

Personally for me though I'm not much of a painter, I've never painted anything in my life so it would be difficult for me to paint such an intricate wreath but this project is something i want to try.

I'm going to do a basic red and green christmas ball combination. And gift it to my parents.



Sunday 24th of November 2013

Hi Diana,

If you just take the project one step at a time, you'll be fine! It can seem overwhelming looking at it in its entirety - that's the way I feel about recipes. ;) I hope you'll give it a try. Just remember - it's only paint, so you can paint over any mistakes and no one will ever know. Have fun!


Thursday 21st of November 2013

I am hardly an artist either; however, I love how Colleen breaks it down into simple steps to show to get that "intricate" look. I think you should give it a try! No harm in practicing on a scrap. ;-)

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