Halloween Pillows

Sometimes my brother does nice things for me, such as building me a bench out of a headboard, like I’ve always wanted.  All I had to do was buy an old headboard and leave it thoughtfully on his front porch with the explicit instructions to ‘BUILD ME A BENCH OUT OF THIS HEADBOARD.”
This is what he returned to me:
And here it is after I painted, and attempted to glaze the details.
Pretty cute, huh?  (I started glazing it one time at about 1:30 in the morning, when I was homealone, and then I got a little freaked out and started wondering why the heck I was out in the middle of the night painting a bench, and who was watching me, and I scared myself and ran back inside, and so it’s still only about halfway glazed).
But that’s not the point!  The point is, do you like my burlap Halloween pillows?   I made them myself, and you can too!   I’ve been playing with some heat transfer products from Silhouette, and this is what I came up with.
 So much fun.  I love that you can use your own fonts with the Silhouette machines. The bat and the witch shapes were only .99 in the online store.  They literally have billions of shapes and graphics in there.  Slight overstatement.  But there really are tons.

(Close up of the witch, ack she’s so cute!)

Here is everything I used:

(Also, you need an iron). (Also, I used the Silhouette hook, which is really helpful for getting into the nooks and crannies of the design to pull off the excess). Then it was just a matter of cutting, ironing, then stuffing the pillows and sewing them shut.  I might have actually hot-glued them shut.  Not like anyone is going to be laying their heads down on these ya know!

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  1. Lindsey! I’m impressed!

  2. Love it all. Bench = adorable! Pillows = soo cute!!!

  3. Love it all. Bench = adorable! Pillows = soo cute!!!

  4. That looks really nice. I like that your idea of Halloween pillows is so tasteful. Great idea to use the headboard!

  5. Love the bench and the pillows!

  6. cuuuuute pillows – love ’em!

  7. Your bench and pillows are soooooo nice! Look at you getting all creative and ‘before & after-ing’ your own projects!

  8. What a great before/after shot!! I love the bench, and how it can translate to any season. Really good stuff here, I love your blog!


  9. Love love love love love!! So I just need to leave something on his doorstep with a sign?? What’s his address….?

  10. Wow what a change, looks great! Im always scared about painting over wood thinking Im ruining the wood look but paint just looks so much better! It really brings out the details in the curves and everything. I may now be brave enough to paint my wooden bar stools in a fun bright colour in the very near future :)

  11. that is one awesome bench. I LOVE the pillows, so cute and unique. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Love the bench, the details really pop now!

  13. The white absolutely transforms this bench, so nice! Cute cushions too!

  14. I have an old headboard in my garage that I’m trying to talk my husband into helping me with. LOVE the pillows!

  15. You are so talented!! The bench and pillows are fabulous.

  16. Love love love all of it! The pillows are so cute!

  17. What a brother! Wow, he did a great job on that bench and I ♥ how you have painted it. Made sooo much difference Ÿ

  18. Wow! This is awesome. I have seen some of these “headboard” benches and they totally look like a bed trying way too hard to be a bench but yours looks like a bench that was always been just a bench. LOL! And your pillows make the perfect vignette! Nicely done. Definitely a “better after”. :-)

  19. So what is your brothers address again so I can drop off a headboard and pick up a bench??? That is amazing!

  20. So cute and I love the pillows.

  21. Today is the first time I am encountering your blog and I am loving all the “Afters” I am seeing. I am embarking on refinishing some pieces but I am nervous because I’m not much of a painter and I am unsure of what materials to use. So, that brings me to my question of…what should I use to paint an Ikea bookshelf (that I snagged for $5)and an already painted second bookshelf? I want it to come out beautiful like yours!

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