How to Upcycle a Pillow with Easy Messy Bow Wrap
This upcycle DIY project is so simple! Enjoy getting new life from your pillows, season after season using this easy messy bow tutorial. This messy bow was made for embellishing a burlap wrap to use interchangeably on any canvas pillow. This is one of the easiest upcycle projects you will ever find! If you’ve never made one of my signature messy bows, be sure to see how in the video here.
supplies for messy bow burlap wrap
- Pillow insert or use an insert from an old pillow
- Blank Canvas Pillow Cover
- Burlap Strip
- Various fabric scraps
- 2 Zipties
- Stencil of your choice
- Fabric Gel Ink
- Bling Embellishment
Easy to follow steps to make a messy bow wrap
Here’s the complete tutorial. Follow each step and you’ll have your own unique messy bow pillow wrap!
- Grab an old pillow and remove the insert or purchase a new pillow insert of whatever size you like.
- Take the canvas pillow cover and position your stencil in the position of your choice.
- Apply the fabric ink and let dry.
- Cut approx 1/4-1/2″ strips of your favorite material or ribbon. This does not have to be exact. Don’t forget your burlap!
- Layer your strips in all directions.
- Ziptie the bundle together.
- Shake the bow holding the floral wire as a handle.
- Stuff your pillow insert back into the canvas cover.
- Wrap a piece of burlap around the middle of the pillow and secure with fabric hot glue.
- Take additional ziptie and secure the messy bow to the burlap strip.
- Add bling to the messy bow if desired.
viola! Super cute messy bow wrap for a pillow
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You may enjoy making a variation like this “lemon” messy bow
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Variation on the messy bow pillow wrap
I recently tried out a fun and easy variation on this project during the Spring Craftathon™ by using a few different items.
Using a “doggie” bandana (the one my dog brought home from the groomer’s was so cute and colorful I couldn’t resist keeping it for a project like this one) as the “wrap” material and tying it in a knot on the back of a small pillow. This made the DIY wrap the perfect temporary fix for decor that can be changed out for any season. I love that!
For the center of the messy bow, I added a flower from Dollar Tree and of course my signature “bling” to the center of the flower to set it off! I just love the final result! How about you?
>>>Leave your thoughts below in the comments please… BTW— Life is short—Enjoy the mess! I hope you try this quick and easy diy project out for yourself, it can make any old pillows look beautiful! **P.S. Please join us over on our Facebook Page to see more fun projects “Live”.