Pottery Barn Inspired Pillow

So, I finally have my OWN Silhouette Machine!  My first project for it was a stenciled pillow.  I just love these Pottery Barn pillows but I will never own one because they are too rich for my blood!

That’s where my Silhouette comes in handy:)

I purchased this pillow at Target for $17.00

I used contact paper to cut this pretty butterfly stencil.

Then, I dry brushed over the stencil using Lamp (Ebony) Black acrylic paint by Americana.

To dry brush, just blot your stencil brush until it has just a bit of paint on it, then brush over the stencil.

After a thin coat of the acrylic paint, I peeled the stencil away.

I followed the same steps to add the middle of the butterfly.  I had to cut two separate stencils to get the butterfly the size I wanted.

Done!  Easy as that:)

I paired my new pillow with these two ruffled pillows I found at Pier 1 when they were 20% off!  I love, love, love my new pillows.  They aren’t an exact match to my first loves but they are exactly the look I wanted at a third of the price!

If you want your own Silhouette machine to play with you can enter our giveaway HERE for your chance to win a FREE machine!

We hope you all have a great Easter Sunday!  Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Matthew 28:5-7

 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”


  1. Janet on May 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Awesome idea on the pillow. I’ve been drooling over those same pillows too. I just purchased a Silhouette and had no reason to take out of the box until today. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Jan @

    • Ashley on May 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Thanks so much Jan:))) Good luck on yours!

  2. Pam @ diy Design Fanatic on May 9, 2011 at 1:38 am

    What a gorgeous pillow. I have a Silhouette that I need to get out and use! I’ve been so busy with my girls I haven’t had a chance to play with it!

  3. Kimberlea on May 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I too have been in love with those Pottery Barn pillows. Very cute! What a geat machine!

  4. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes on April 30, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I lke your pillows. Using just the black gives it that rustic French look that’s in right now. I could also see painting the different sections the different colors if you had that kind of patience. I probably wouldn’t, but I’m usually afraid to paint on fabric since it’s a one shot deal. You were brave to try it, especially on pillows that you bought for this. Love the color of your other pillows too!

  5. Chris on April 30, 2011 at 12:53 am

    What fun! I love that you were able to stencil the design. Enjoy your pretty pillows!

    • Ashley on April 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

      Thanks so much Chris;)

  6. Tiffany on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Great minds think alike:) A Sillouhette would have been much easier:)… love the pillow!!! If you have a chance… check mine out!

  7. Rachel on April 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Completely inspired! Can’t wait to try this project.

    Found you via Shabby Nest!

  8. Deanna on April 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Absolutely love this!!!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much Deanna:)

  9. Brandy J. on April 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such an inspiring blog. I LOVE the pillow!!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much Brandy! So happy to have you!

  10. Girl in Pink on April 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Your pillow turned out beautifully! Nice work! I’m off to read about this giveaway you speak of!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  11. Angie--Bigbearswife on April 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Very Cute pillow. I love pillows in the living room. Im always finding new ones I love

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you Angie;) Pillows really can change the look of a room!

  12. gnee on April 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Congratulations, your beautiful pillows made this week’s top hits Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea with us!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks so much:)))

  13. maggie on April 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

    oooh I luv it, I luv the subtle shading, what size did you cut the stencil?

    I would luv for you to join our celebration party by adding your project into our linking post.
    Have a great week,

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much Maggie! I don’t know the exact size but it took up the whole piece of contact paper!

  14. Amy Hooper on April 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I love this! I like it even better than the Pottery Barn ones, actually. Man, do I need a Silhouette! I am going to go over to the giveaway now…thanks for sharing your great idea!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much Amy:)))

  15. Bethany Kingma on April 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    CUTE! And thank you for the beautiful Easter passage as well!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you Bethany:)

  16. Amy on April 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

    This looks lovely! I love how simple and sophisticated it looks in just one color. And it looks so fun with the gorgeous ruffle pillows!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you Amy! I’m in love with the ruffle pillows:)

  17. Doreen @ Redesign by Grace on April 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I love how you used this stencil! I’m now following you with Google Connect. 🙂

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Doreen! Happy to have you!

  18. Ashley @ on April 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    LOVE it!!!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much;)

  19. Donna Babylon on April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    You did a great job! I’ve been getting into silk screening with my new Yudu machine. But this machine looks interesting!

    • Ashley on April 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Donna! It is soooo fun!

  20. Stefanie on April 25, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I just got my silhouette two weeks ago and have not used it because i CANNOT figure it out!! I ma so jealous. I read the instruction videos but it is for the old software, so it is not helpful. I cannot figure out the proper settings for vinyl. URGH. looks great though!!

    • Ashley on April 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      I’m sorry Stefanie! Try choosing a thin setting….

  21. Jodi on April 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Cute pillow; those silhouette machines are awesome. I am headed over for the giveaway; I would LOVE to have one! 🙂

    Happy Easter


    • Ashley on April 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks so much Jodi! Good luck:)

  22. Elizabeth Barneson on April 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hey ladies! I am now following you on twitter! Please put me in the drawing. THANKS!!! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for the follow Elizabeth! Click on the link above “here” and comment on the Silhouette giveaway post to enter:)))

  23. marilyn hartsell on April 24, 2011 at 5:22 am

    so cute! i am asking for a silhouette for mothers day – i hope i get one! i have seen so many amazing projects on the blogs i follow –

    • Ashley on April 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much Marilyn! I hope you get one;)

  24. kim torres on April 24, 2011 at 3:48 am

    I’d love to win this machine!!!! Ash and Whit, yall are so talented….I can’t believe we’ve gone from creating tasty sandwiches at Chick-fil-A to cute home decor!!! I <3 yall!

    • Ashley on April 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      LOL! Thanks Kim! Click the link up above and leave a comment on the Silhouette Giveaway post!

  25. Elizabeth on April 24, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I’m usually not one to comment however… YOU are sooo lucky to have that machine! I’m a tad bit jel.. in a non hatin’ way! 😉 your pillow is too cute. Happy Easter 🙂

    • Ashley on April 24, 2011 at 3:19 am

      LOL thank you Elizabeth!

  26. Maureen on April 24, 2011 at 2:55 am

    That looks amazing!!! Reason 56328656 I need a Sillhouette!

    • Ashley on April 24, 2011 at 2:56 am

      Thank you Maureen:))) I LOVE mine…didn’t think I would love it as much as I do though;)

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