Picnic DIY Seat Cushion

Picnic DIY Seat Cushion
Picnic DIY Seat Cushion
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Summertime is the perfect season for picnics. Along with your picnic basket filled with yummy treats, don't forget to pack this Picnic DIY Seat Cushion so you can comfortably enjoy yourself while eating. While sitting on a blanket is better than sitting on the grass, this DIY seat cushion is the next best thing. This cushion can be used on a boat, airplane or car as an extra bit of padding as well. Once you have a cushion, paint an fun and unique design on it. This DIY cushion is extremely affordable and cute! Next time you go on a picnic, you'll never want to forget this necessity.


Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueDIY Craft



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Melted Chocolate, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Sugar Plum, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Pumpkin, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Craft Stencils - Value Packs - Foliage/Leaf
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Patina, 2 oz.


Find out how to make this comfy cozy picnic cushion below.

  1. Using low tack tape, tape off a stripe design on one piece of the pink fabric. Make some thick and some thin. Using a medium paintbrush, paint the stripe design with the pumpkin, calypso sky, melted chocolate, and sugar plum paint. Allow to dry. 

  2. Trace around a glass in a thicker strip section, paint the circles with patina paint and sugar plum paint.

  3. Position the bird stencil in your desired spots. Tape the stencil in position, load the stencil paintbrush with plum vineyard paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. Wash stencil and reuse.

  4. Place the painted fabric right-side down on the right-side of the remaining pink fabric. Pin around the edges. Stitch around the edges (leave a space open for turning and stuffing). Trim the edges and corners, turn the cushion cover right-side out, stuff with the foam cushion. Hand sew the opening closed.

  5. Hot glue the pompom trim around the outer edge of the cushion.

What pattern will you be painting on your picnic cushion?

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