Sunday, September 11, 2022

Watercolor Sunflowers Pillow #sunflowers #sunflowerpillow #coastalbohemian #Watercolorpillow #watercolor #diy #homedecor

Thanks for stopping by . Today's DIY is part of a link up of Fall Crafts and D├ęcor. You'll have an opportunity to see other creative ideas for this season so be sure and pop over to these other bloggers for some Fall inspiration. 

Let's get started.

As we started to get into the Fall season, I looked forward to taking out my tablecloth from last year. It's a beautiful watercolor style with Sunflowers. I knew this year I was going to use it as inspiration to create some things that felt coordinated.

I grabbed some painter's drop cloth as a canvas and framed out my space using an old sheet pan and some chalk

Next, I used a pencil to create my drawing. Sunflowers are much easier to draw than you think. I like to think of it as a circle and spears. 
I will be using watercolors to create the look I want. You will need to cut two pieces to use this to create a pillow.

I used a piece of parchment paper underneath my canvas to prevent any bleed through. You'll be using ONLY the chalked out piece with the drawing. Using a misting bottle I sprayed my canvas . 

Using a fairly large watercolor brush, I began putting down some watercolor . I really need to keep this simple here. Just some spreads of color so it keeps the watercolor look.

Swirl some of the brown colors into a circle to form the flower center.
Now, I began using a grey watercolor to mimic the pencil drawing in the inspiration piece. And it's really better than I hoped.

A few little circles and dots in the middle help to pull the sunflower together.

Using the same grey, I added an outline to the chalk frame.

Next, it's a matter of hot gluing along that frame line and stuffing.

Oh, right...did I mention this is a no sew pillow?

I hope there was something here today that inspired you to create. Thanks for popping in to read along.

Beverly | Across the Blvd
Niki | Life as an LEO Wife
Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Allyson | Southern Sunflowers
Michele | Coastal Bohemian
T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Julie | Sum of Their Stories

With love and gratitude,


Find me partying here all week, at these link parties, with some great bloggers.

Follow us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, Linkedin, or Bloglovin .


  1. Your pillow looks amazing, Michele! I've never seen a painting technique like this before! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Gail . It's just watercolor but on painters drop cloth

  2. Oh my goodness Michele, this is so beautiful. I assumed this was a watercolour effect print fabric at first, not that you'd painted it yourself. It is so lovely.

  3. So beautiful! You're a very talented painter. Pinned.

  4. Your sunflower pillow turned out really great! You painted it so beautifully!

  5. What a cute pillow for early fall decor, Michele. Your tips on how to use the water colors are great. I love that it's a no sew pillow, too.

    1. Thanks Beverly. It's a great companion piece to the tablecloth, inspiration piece.

  6. LOVE!! Using watercolors on fabric is a unique and new technique to me. My mom used oils on hers back in the day. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Be sure to share each week at the #HomeMattersParty every Thursday (9pm est) through Monday!

    1. Thanks Allyson. It seems the watercolors did a nice job. I probably should find out how to seal it to keep the color from fading. LOL. Your mom must have been very talented. I have never attempted to use oil paints for anything.

  7. LOVE THIS! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party!
    Creatively, Beth


01 09 10