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Happy 2016! A lot of kids are heading back to school this week, including mine. I thought it would be fun to do a back to school project with my girls while I had them home on break. We made some DIY pillowcases using Sharpies. I thought that maybe they would be excited to go to bed on time if they were able to lay their heads on their new watercolor pillowcase creations! Yes, I’m sneaky like that. So if you need a quick project this week, or any time of the year, look no further! These watercolor pillowcases were created with Sharpies that can be found at Staples and look so beautiful. I absolutely am loving how they turned out!
Here’s what you will need to make your DIY pillowcases:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Sharpies (scroll to the bottom to find out how to get some on sale at Staples!)
- White Pillowcases
- Spray Bottle
The first step is to color the pillowcase with the Sharpies. After a little trial and error, we figured out that the more heavy and saturated the Sharpie application, the better it will bleed later to create the watercolor effect. You can definitely leave some areas white as well.
This is what the first one looked like after the girls were finished coloring it. I did go back in and make some areas darker with the Sharpies before applying the alcohol. Insert a paper bag inside to make coloring easier.
The next step is to begin applying the rubbing alcohol. We filled a spray bottle and saturated the pillowcase. Make sure to do this in a well ventilated area or outdoors! As the pillowcase sits, the colors will continue to bleed.
After it is dry, you may want to add another application of alcohol to continue the bleeding process. We tried pouring it directly on in a bowl and also pouring on alcohol to specific sections that we wanted to bleed a little more.
Once it is fully try, set it with a hot iron for 5 minutes or throw it in the dryer for 20 minutes. This will set the Sharpie and allow you to wash it without fading. I love how it looks after all of the fading and bleeding!
But we like the backside even more! The colors bled through to the back to create a very washed out watercolor effect.
This is the end result of the second lighter pillowcase. Love this one too!
How fun is this project!! I can’t get over how beautiful these look and the girls loved doing this as a back to school project after the holidays.
Check out some of my other kids projects!