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Spring Songbird Pillow Toppers

Spring Decor Ideas for Your Porch

It's springtime finally! We made these songbird pillow toppers for our porch and they turned out so nice! The ideas for these pretty songbirds came from some pillows I saw on Plow and Hearth. That was my inspiration.

Want to learn how to make them for your porch? They are easier than you might think.


The toppers are unlike any of the others we've made. They are hand-painted!


Spring pillow toppers with cute songbirds made by painting right onto fabric - actually very easy! Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com


I was surprised at how nice our spring pillows turned out!




Tutorial for Our Songbird Pillow Toppers

This is the 4th set of pillow toppers we've made for our porch and each time I am liking the idea more and more. What are pillow toppers?

You can learn all about them on our Christmas pillow page.


sketches for our spring bird pillow toppers


What started out as rough sketches on paper, turned into something kind of beautiful...



our spring bird pillow toppers

Cheerful, bright spring pillow toppers. Easy to make!




sketch on painters drop cloth - 1 sketch on painters drop cloth - 2

I started out with approximately a 16" square of fabric for each pillow. I am making three of them. I chose 3 types of fabric: painter's drop cloth, a small checked green cotton fabric and a mottled background blue cotton fabric.

I got the idea for these songbird pillows by searching for spring pillows online and found this design idea from some pillows at Plow and Hearth. If you are an artist at heart, it might be easy for you to sketch a scene you like. It helped me to see an idea I loved and try to do something similar.

I sketched the scene onto paper first. Then once I was happy with it, I drew the same sketch onto the fabric and went over it with a black marker.

The leaves and branches were easy for me to draw, but not so much the songbirds. The bird I got right on paper first, then cut it out and traced around it on my fabric.



sketch on painters drop cloth - 3 osketch on painters drop cloth - 4

Then I painted inside the lines with acrylic craft paints that I already had on hand.


Our spring pillow topper - sweet birds - painted on painters drop cloth


And here's the way it all turned out. Notice that I added a blue border to the pillow topper. It wasn't necessary - I just wanted to see some extra color.



Now the Green Checked Pillow Topper

bird drawing onto green checked fabric bird drawing onto green checked fabric - starting to paint

I sketched a slightly different scene onto the green checked fabric with a black marker. I didn't use pencil this time - brave soul I was.

Then you can see that I began painting - doing the easiest parts first, the leaves. I put bright lime green on one side and a softer green on the other, then blended the two paints a bit.

To finish the pillow topper, I turned the edges under and stitched around all 4 sides.



bird drawing onto green checked fabric - mostly painted bird drawing onto green checked fabric - painting done

The green pillow topper came together nicely and it's beautiful spring colors. The colors in my birds are not meant to be realistic. The colors are just what I had in my box of paints.



Our spring pillow topper - sweet birds - painted on green checked fabric


And I was happy with how it turned out. I simply turned under the edges on my sewing machine - but you could also glue them under as well.

Then, if you look closely, I tacked the topper with embroidery floss to the pillow - a stitch in each corner and one in between for extra measure. You could also safety pin it, especially if you are not into sewing.



Video: Watch Me Paint the Pillow Toppers



I show you that it's actually very easy to paint these toppers. I am no an artist, so if you are, you could do some awesome painting.

Video: Watch Me Paint the Pillow Toppers



I show you that it's actually very easy to paint these toppers. I am no an artist, so if you are, you could do some awesome painting.





Blue Pillow Topper

bird drawing onto blue fabric bird drawing onto blue fabric - starting to paint

I sketched a slightly different scene onto the green checked fabric with a black marker. I didn't use pencil this time -brave soul I was.

Then you can see that I began painting - doing the easiest parts first, the leaves. Then the pear and finally the birds (saving the hardest part for last).



bird drawing onto blue fabric - mostly painted bird drawing onto blue fabric - painting done

I really like the mottled background of this fabric that I was using. Kind of resembles clouds on a hazy day. The paints showed up well even though the fabric was darker.

To finish the blue topper, I just turned under the edges and stitched around all 4 sides. You could also simply glue.



Our spring pillow topper - sweet birds - painted on blue fabric


I like this one, too. Which pillow topper is your favorite? What colors would you choose?



Spring pillow toppers with cute song birds made by painting right onto fabric - actually very easy! Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com

Making these songbird pillow toppers was one of my favorite projects for our front porch.




Other Pillow Toppers We've Made

The reason I love the "topper" idea is because you don't need a new pillow every time you want to decorate for a different holiday or season. And because pillows fade so much in the sun, the only thing that will fade is the topper - which you can easily replace.


Christmas pillow toppers Valentine's Day pillow toppers


St. Patrick's Day pillow toppers patriotic bandana pillows

Here you can see our Christmas, Valentine pillow toppers, St. Patrick's Day, and patriotic bandana pillow toppers.



Garden Hose Wreath

Many of you have probably seen the garden hose wreath idea. When I first saw it on Jill's blog, I knew I wanted to make one and got my garden hose a year ago already. It's simple and turned out so cute.

I wasn't original with it. I liked the way Jill made hers just fine.

garden hose wreath


It's rather cute on our blue front door. I love simple stuff like this and so glad that Jill introduced the garden hose wreath idea.

Jill is a creative genius! We featured Jill's garden hose wreath on our site. Take a look at hers.










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