July 26, 2014

DIY Photo Pillow


Make Your Own Photo Pillow From Your Home Printer!

I am absolutely in LOVE with this DIY craft project! Take your family photos, your wedding pictures – whatever you want and make it into a customized pillow! It was so much easier than I would have ever thought and the tutorial is right here!

Photo Pillow Pinterest Pic

This is by FAR one of my favorite projects I have ever attempted! These pillows turned out SO cute and it really wasn’t too tricky! I enjoyed making my pillows so much that I even made another pillow for my mom for a gift! With how easy these DIY photo pillows were – I am sure that I will be making lots more in the future for gifts! 
So are you ready to learn to make your own? Here is how you do it . . . 
Materials Needed: 
DIY Photo Pillow materials needed

  1. Muslin Fabric
  2. Freezer Paper
  3. Iron
  4. Fabric for pillow backing

How to Make Your Own Photo Pillow 

To start your photo pillow, cut your muslin fabric and your Freezer Paper to an exact 8.5 x 11″. You can purchase freezer paper online (just click on the word & it will link to Amazon) OR you can also find it in your local grocery store.

DIY Photo Pillow how to adhere Place the muslin fabric and the Freezer Paper on a hard surface {I used a cutting board} and iron the pieces together. When placing the muslin fabric and freezer paper together, make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper faces the fabric. When ironing the pieces together use a HOT iron and pay particular attention to the edges. Those are the most important parts that need to stick!

How to make a DIY Photo Pillow

Once the muslin fabric and the freezer paper are molded together place the paper into your printer so that it will print on the fabric NOT the freezer paper!

DIY Photo Pillow screen shot

 Now, the hardest part – deciding WHICH picture to use! Using Microsoft Word on the computer I uploaded a picture from our wedding day and stretched it to fit the entire page. I created a text box to put the word LOVE above and that was it! Easy!

DIY Photo Pillow photo collage with pic monkey

 For the wedding day collage pillow I got a little fancier with the editing skills and I used an amazing site called picmonkey.com    to create a collage of pictures. This website is free and is SUPER easy to make collages with! I definitely recommend it!

DIY Photo Pillow from your home printer

Once you have your picture edited and ready to go you are almost ready to print! To get the best results change your print settings to “photo paper” and the quality to “maximum dpi” You will want your printer to put out its best work for this project! After you have adjusted those settings – hit PRINT!

DIY Photo Pillow wedding day collage

It should come out of your printer looking something like this! So cool right? Here are my two photo pillow projects right out of the printer:

DIY Photo Pillow out of the printer comparisons

Now that you have these printed, peel away the freezer paper and you now have the front fabric for your pillow!

You can now put this piece together with the backing fabric of your choice and sew them together to create a pillow. If you are new to sewing a pillow, THIS site has a great step by step tutorial to walk you through it OR you could ask your nice neighbor to help you {thanks Marlys!}

DIY Photo Pillow  both photo pillows finished

Not too hard right? And SO cool! I had no idea my printer was capable of doing this! These pillows are so cute and they make GREAT gifts! I had so much fun making these (and had so much fabric and freezer paper to spare!) that I made one for my mom as a thank you gift.

DIY Photo Pillow Family picture

Think of the possibilities for your kid’s rooms, your home, gifts and more! There are SO many things that you can do with these pillows and they turned out so cute!

DIY Photo Pillow finished product

If you love making personalized gifts and projects from your pictures you will want to check out this amazing Photo Mosaic or this DIY Family Photo Poster

Good luck creating your own! Please share with us your final projects – we would love to see them!

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18 Responses to “DIY Photo Pillow ”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    I am SOOOO in love with this post! I seriously want to try this!!! XO

  2. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE this!! This would make such a great gift, Im going to pin this for around christmas time!

  3. athena says:

    Just wondering how these hold up to washing. Does the ink bleed into other things in the wash or wash away at all? Looks so fun to make but I want to make sure if I try it that they don’t look bad after going through the wash.

  4. Julie Julie says:

    These are gorgeous!! This is one DIY gift that I am totally going to do!! Thanks for the fantastic idea:)

  5. Ana Thomas says:

    I love this I am doing this with. My friends thank you for this idea Sarina

  6. Nisha Nisha says:

    Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?! These are soooo cute! I even think my daughter’s friends would flip over this as a birthday gift with a photo of them dressing up or being silly. Sarina, you seriously have the cutest decor ideas. Maybe you should come help me decorate the bedrooms in my house because I’m so indecisive!

  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    This is the cutest idea ever! I need to try this out. Now to figure out which picture to use! xox

  8. Donna Snyder says:

    I love this idea! I must create on of the for my clients. Did you a laserjet or inkjet printer?

  9. Camila Marciales says:

    What is the purpose of the freezer paper? Is it just to make the fabric stiffer to be able to feed it through the printer? Just curious!! Awesome idea though; I think I’m going to make one!

  10. Dani says:

    Can you use wax paper? I cannot find freezer paper at my local store…

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