27 Stylish DIY Christmas Pillows to Brighten Your Home

One of the best parts about coming home after a long day at work or school, or whatever, is plopping down on the couch and cuddling or spooning a pillow.

This is even better during the holiday season, when you know the pillow is potentially holiday-themed.

If you’re in the same camp, you’ll love the 27 DIY Christmas pillows we’ve picked out for this week’s post.

No-Sew Holiday Pillows

Now Sew Holiday Pillows with Merry + Bright printed in gold and white compbination
via style me pretty

In the DIY world there’s a big division between those who love “no sew” projects and those who don’t. On the one hand, they say if you really want to get into DIY, you need to know to sew. The other camp says that there are no rules and anything goes. That’s where we are.

Do whatever you want, and if that involves not sewing, great. These pillows look awesome, sewing or not!

White Poinsettia Pillows

The Decorated House White Ponsetia Pillow
via the decorated house

It doesn’t get more holiday-ish than poinsettia, and there’s a rumor that these plants are grown (and were created) for the sole purpose of being used for Christmas decorations. We’re not scientists so we don’t know if this is true, but it seemed like something we should mention in passing.

Deer Head Pillows

Dear Emmeline Deer Head Pillow
via dear emmeline

There are few things as hot right now as deer heads. And we don’t mean actual deer heads, the ones full of blood and brains and neurons and all that stuff. We just mean the decorative kind. It keeps things cleaner and simpler, and you don’t have to explain what happened to your loved ones, or why your house perpetually smells like deer blood.

Christmas Stocking Pillows

320 Sycamore Easy Stocking Pillow
via 320 sycamore

Some super cute pillow ideas from 320 Sycamore. These little guys scream “I LOVE CHRISTMAS!” and in our house, that’s a scream that starts getting screamed sometime around the day after Halloween, so we’d really get our money’s worth out of this DIY pillow project.

Christmas Tree Pillows

Christmas tree designed pillow
via inspired honeybee

We love the contrasting designs of this DIY Christmas pillow, and we like the fact that you can change up the fabrics to make something more traditional, like the one above, or you could go a little crazy and use something more outlandish. That’s the beauty of DIY!

Deer Body Pillow with Sharpie

Maison de Pax DIY sharpie pillows
via maison de pax

Sure, deer heads are popular, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore the rest of the deer’s body. This great sharpie-based project will give you a Christmas pillow with an entire deer figure, so there won’t be any question as to what animal you’re dealing with. And some people, well they just want to know these things for sure.

Holiday Flower Pillow

Simple Details Flower Pillow
via simple details

Another gorgeous flower-based pillow, this one from simple details looks like it belongs in a high-end pillow store or somewhere like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and the like. Save your money and enjoy the DIY journey by putting it together yourself, and then watch as friends and family pester you to let them know where it came from.

Don’t ever tell them.

DIY Snowflake Pillows

Red Christmas Snowflake Pillow
via noodle-head

We love the colors and contrast of these pillows, and the simple but still detailed design of the snowflakes. And if you really want to get crazy, you could make each snowflake just a little bit different, which would make them more scientifically accurate, if you’re into that sort of thing.

December 25 Pillow

Making Homebase December 25 Pillow Canvas
via making homebase

Let’s be honest. We’ve all forgotten what day Christmas falls on, so with this pillow, you’ll never have an excuse or reason to forget. The only thing you have to remember is to put out the pillow every year, so make sure you do that sometime prior to December 25.

Plaid Deer Head Pillow

Stone Gable Woodland Plaid Deer Pillow
via stonge gable blog

When deer heads alone don’t cut it, add some spice to your DIY pillow with some plaid fabric. This deer head pillow tutorial will show you how to put all these elements together in a way that’s tasteful and capable of improving your quality of life by at least 2-3%.

Plaid Deer Head Pillow #2

Home Sweet Ruby Deer Pillow
via home sweet ruby

If you didn’t like the first three deer pillows we featured, maybe you’ll like this one. If you don’t like this one, then it might be time to consider that this might be about you and not us. Not saying you’re projecting, but it’s just something to consider is all.

Believe Pillow

The Idea Room Believe Christmas Pillow
via the idea room

We believe this is a great project, whether you’re into it or not. When you see the way the idea room puts this together, you’ll be a believer too. Not to be confused with the belieber pillow, which we decided didn’t make the cut of this post, but may appear in a future article.

Merry and Bright Pillow

The Lily Pad Cottage Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow
via the lily pad cottage

The Lily Pad Cottage has a wonderful pillow project that has the perfect mix of cheery handmade looks and professional looking pillow-ness. You could also use any of your other favorite Christmas sayings, but this one captures so much Christmas spirit in one pillow that it actually might split a seam. Just kidding, it’s good quality.

Jingle All the Way

The Crafting Chicks Jingle All The Way Christmas Pillow
via the crafting chicks

Great little pillow project from The Crafting Chicks. Funny anecdote – the saying “jingle all the way” was originally “jungle all the way” before it was adopted by mainstream America. Until then, it was popular and common only in remote areas of South America, where “jungle all the way” made more sense. Once it got big in America, the word changed to make more sense for middle class America.

Country Christmas Pillow

Infarrantly Creative Country Christmas Pillow
via infarrantly creative

Consider this one of our favorite Christmas pillows. It’s not over the top, you could throw it out as soon as fall hits, and it has buttons and plaid. Does it get much better than those things? If it does, we don’t want to know about it.

DIY Christmas Stencil Pillow

Craftberry Bush Bleached Drop Cloth Winter Pillow
via craftberry bush

This is one of the cutest projects because like the above pillow, it’s not over the top. The Christmas spirit is understated and gorgeous, and it would fit in with a clean modern house just as well as your aunt’s house who still decorates using wood and sunflowers.

Christmas Pillow Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza Red and White Pillow
via nicety

These are super cute pillows and our great grandma has a similar pillow scheme going on in her living room whenever we visit during Christmas. That’s one of the highest compliments we can give a DIY project.

Nordic Tree Pillow

That Nordic Feeling Tree Pillow
via that nordic feeling

This pillow, if purchased at a store, would cost somewhere between $100 and $140 per ounce. And if that’s true – and we have no reason to think it’s not – that makes this DIY project not only beautiful and awesome, but also very budget-friendly. It’s a win-win situation.

Jingle Pillow

Old Things New Jingle Christmas Pillow
via old things new

If the above “jungle” anecdote is true – and we have no reason to believe otherwise – then this pillow, if found in remote parts of South America, would read “Jungle.” Think about that for a hot minute.

Mistletoe Pillow

Creations by Kara Mistletoe Pillow
via creations by kara

There are two kinds of people in life: those who shop at Pottery Barn and those who make DIY projects that are Pottery Barn rip-offs.

Which kind are you?

Blue and White Seasonal Pillows

Blue and White themed pillow
via bhg.com

Sometimes less is more, and that’s the beauty of these pillows. With simple patterns and clean backgrounds, they are understated, yet functional and beautiful all at once. Well done, pillow masters. Well done.

Old School Christmas Pillows

Place Of My Taste Old School Sack Cloth Christmas Pillow
via place of my taste

Pillows, or sacks of Christmas mail? Well, turns out they are pillows, but they have the look of Christmas mail sacks. That may be on purpose, or it may be a beneficial side effect. Who are we to decide? Who are we at all?

Plaid and Polar Bear

Love Grows Wild DIY Polar Bear Red Pillow Cover
via love grows wild

Christ almighty, it’s about time we get another animal in here! Just when it seems like the deer is dominating the Christmas pillow game, we see something refreshing in the plaid and polar bear pillow from love grows wild. Thanks for pushing the animal boundaries beyond the norms and getting real with this animal pillow stuff.

Baby it’s Cold Outside Pillow

Baby its cold outside white pillow
via etsy

Sure, this is a paid item. But what’s stopping you from making a similar stencil and doing it yourself? Nothing, except for yourself. Or maybe your time, budget, etc. There could be a lot of things stopping you, so it depends on how important it is to you to make Christmas pillows. If it’s a priority, you’ll make it one.

Red Christmas Truck Pillow

The Crafted Sparrow Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow
via the crafted sparrow

If we saw this truck rolling down the street, we’d flag them down and ask how much for the silver Christmas trees? If the driver gave us flack, we’d follow him to wherever he was going and if he tried any funny business, we’d call 911 and pretend to report a drunk driver. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that though.

Merry Christmas Pillow

Anderson Grant Live Laugh Rowe Merry Christmas Pillow
via live laugh rowe

Sometimes you need your pillows to be cute and clever, and sometimes you want to just get to the damn point. With this pillow, you can tell people Merry Christmas and not have to say it directly to them, saving you time and precious breath. Another win-win.

DIY Noel Pillow

Christmas Pillow with NOEL text print
via kayla aimee

Noel is french and we used a variation of it for one of our twin girls’ middle names. Do you need any other reason to make this pillow?

Side story. When I was a kid, we had a little NOEL wooden set with individual letters, and I would switch the letters around to say LEON and then the running joke was that this guy Leon would be breaking into the house every year to kind of check out what presents we had and maybe take the cream of the crop.

What Christmas pillow are you snuggling up with this year?

You might also be interested in reading our article on DIY Christmas advent calendars.