5 Christmas Pillow Ideas That Use Your Regular Pillows
No throw pillows were harmed in the making of these Christmas pillows.
You don’t know sticker shock until you shop for throw pillows. $50 for a single pillow? Come on! And while it may be tempting to splurge on a few Christmas pillows for the holidays, don't forget that on top of that extra expense, it is now your duty to store said pillows for the 11 months they are not in use. Is it worth it to you? If not, use these simple tips and tricks to temporarily shift your precious throw pillows into holiday mode.
Blanket Scarf Surprise
To turn an ordinary throw pillow into a cheery Christmas pillow with a festive pattern, look no further than your favorite blanket scarf. An oversized scarf with a plaid pattern works perfectly for this look. Lay the scarf out flat, place the pillow on top and begin to fold the sides over to the front, tucking as you go. Finish off the look by tying the last flaps into a square knot and tucking the remaining fabric out of sight. Now you have an adorable holiday pillows and a perfectly intact pillow and scarf.
Oh, Christmas Tree
If you have a beautiful, yet plain throw pillow, it’s the perfect candidate for a Christmas tree makeover. Grab some green felt and use a ruler and a pencil to draw a Christmas tree shape. Cut the tree out with scissors and place it on the front of the pillow. To hold the tree in place until the holiday season is over, simple wrap candy cane yarn around the tree and pillow and tie off on the back. Damage free, reusable and easy, flat storage? What's not to like?
To create a cozy flannel pillow, thrift a festive flannel shirt and cut off the sleeves. Next, cut the top and bottom off to create a square or rectangular shape (depending on the shape of your pillow). Take your scissors and cut squares out of each corner before cutting along the sides to separate the back from the front. To make covering your pillow a breeze, cut fringed strips along every side of the two flannel pieces. Once finished, place a small pillow between the two pieces and begin tying the strips from the front and back pieces together until the pillow is tightly secured inside of the shirt. Once the holidays are over, just unbutton the shirt and remove the pillow. For even more holiday cheer, hot glue a small felt Christmas tree to the shirt pocket.
Bring Some Burlap Joy
Wrap a thick piece of burlap ribbon around a pillow once and cut to length. Place the ribbon on a scrap piece of cardboard and tape large stencils spelling the word “JOY” on the front of it. Paint with red acrylic paint inside the stencils and let dry. Cut along the edge of the ribbon using scissors and pull a string of fabric out to create a fringed look. Wrap the ribbon around the pillow again and connect at the back using safety pins.
If you have a large velvet pillow in red or green, all you need is a thick white ribbon and some scissors to create a pillow packed with holiday cheer. Just tie a beautiful bow around your pillow as if you were wrapping a large present and cut decorative ends using your scissors. It really doesn’t get easier than that.