Navy Painted Throw Pillows

Learn how to make stylish painted throw pillows for just $5! A technique that can apply to curtains, napkins, as well as rugs.

Scroll below to read about how to make these three navy pillows, and get more technique tips on the BHG Style Spotters blog.

DIY throw pillow covers

I have quite the obsession with dark blue hues, and it pairs well with my other obsession (gold), so it was a natural go-to for my next set of DIY pillows.

Since my first set of $5 DIY painted pillows, I’ve been meaning to whip up a batch of navy and gold colored ones. I love the pop of yellow in the original, and the brownish copper was cool, but these colors are where my heart is, so this weekend I finally got to pillow making! If you haven’t read my first article, that is where you can find my crazy clever way to make a $1-$2 pillow, and the $2 zippered cover without having to know how to actually sew!

My DIY Painted Pillows & Rugs In BHG Magazine!

In case you haven’t already heard me shouting it from my rooftop (and FB), I can hardly believe it, but I was featured in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens!! Aaaahhh, I’m so honored!

Better Homes & Gardens March Issue - featuring Home Made by Carmona

I shared an oldie but a goody project in the magazine on how to paint your way to high end custom rug. In fact, you can see the feature not only in print, but online over at the Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters blog today! I am over there sharing 5 Tips To Painting A Rug With A Pro Look. The best part? These techniques apply to pillow painting, curtain painting, napkin painting, as well as rugs!

Mixing The Right Paints

First things first! In order to get the particular hue of navy (or any other color) you desire, you’ll need to mix paints.

Mixing Fabric Paint

I am using my favorite go-to fabric paint by FolkArt, and mixing it with a bit of their multi-surface paint to get the color I want. Here’s what you’ll need:

Shop Supply List

And if you don’t already have some, don’t forget your Frog Tape, liquid gold leaf, and both the paint brushes and sponge brushes you’ll need. Here are the exact paints I mixed to get the gorgeous dark navy hue, with just a bit of color.

Silver folkart paint


Paint Dipped Design

I love the paint dipped style that has made it’s way into every element of decor, and pillows are certainly no exception!

This is easily executed with a single straight line of tape across the middle of the pillow case cover. You could make it a horizontal block or vertical, or even go wild and put it on an angle. You can tape it off at the halfway mark, or two-thirds, or any way you like! Brush your paint on thinly with a foam brush.

Dark navy painted DIY pillow case

I liked the simple paint dipped style, but if you really want to add some pizzazz, then paint on small dots/smears using gold leaf paint.

Metallic Dots & Dashes

Gold Dot DIY Pillow How-To

I love the look of gold and copper paint, but it turns out that all the fabric paints I’ve tried that are those particular metallic hues just don’t bring the pop of glimmer you expect. They come out sort of brown or beige (or alternately yellow) with a bit of sparkle (thus being the case with the first set I made).

Gold and Navy Dot Painted Pillow

Liquid gold leaf is exactly the kind of metallic sparkle you want, but the tricky part was applying it to fabric in such a way that it wouldn’t fade or leave a red-ish pink stain around the outside of every brush stroke (that’s what happens when you use it on fabric). The key was to paint it in smaller quantities on top of a fabric paint…then rather than the fabric absorbing the oily pink substance, it had something to sit on top of and bond with, plus hide any residual seepage.

Dot pillow how-to

Simply paint a small to medium sized dot / smear, then once it has dried adding a gold leaf paint smear on the center of each navy dot. Easy, and stylish!

Make-It-Yourself $5 Painted Pillows

Cross Square

The two on either side of the dot pillow are both designs you’ll find in my original post, they are a little more complex designs, but still easy to execute once you know how. The only addition, I added a smear of gold to each ‘v’ on the arrowhead pillow. You’ll find my video tutorial on how to make that design on the original post as well.

Cross DIY painted pillow how-to

I am loving my new throw pillows! They look more metallic and navy when the light hits them, and the gold leaf really shines too! Then on an overcast day, they still sparkle, but are much darker looking…almost black.

DIY Dark Navy Painted Pillows

Painted throw pillows

Like this, love this -1200 x 100

10 Comments on Navy Painted Throw Pillows

  1. Eileen
    June 3, 2020 at 3:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Can I paint fabric on chair seats?

  2. Kaye B Lewis
    June 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm (1 year ago)

    These are great—Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Decor Pillows for Couch
    March 7, 2018 at 12:02 am (4 years ago)

    Wow! Those are some outrageously beautiful décor pillows for couch.

  4. Debrashoppeno5
    July 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm (5 years ago)

    The pillows are absolutely gorgeous. And congrats on your fantastic news.

  5. Deanna
    May 5, 2016 at 8:08 am (5 years ago)

    Yay, Ursula! Congrats!!! Thank you so much for using FolkArt! what a great article!!!

  6. susan
    April 27, 2016 at 11:21 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! Loved to see you on Home and Family demonstrating this technique. I will be using this idea in the very near future. I also want to use your idea of a tufted headboard. Love that idea too:)

  7. Lauren Easby
    March 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow congrats! These look great! I really want to redo my pillows but I have not decided what they should look like yet. This is giving me some ideas….

  8. Susan
    March 24, 2016 at 12:28 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats, Ursula! How very exciting. I’m a big fan of your blog and adore these pillows. Can’t wait to make my own version of them.

  9. Maritza
    March 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm (6 years ago)

    Wonderful news – congrats, Ursula! Love the cushions!


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