Backyard DIYs: Tie Dye Pillows And Printed Patio Stones

Christian Dare has two quick updates to add some punch and print to your backyard – with things you already have around the house.

A lot of us are spending more and more time on our patios or in our backyard and we all probably noticed that they need some quick updates to feel fresh for summer. We’re all looking for an ideal solution without spending a lot of money right now on updates. DIY expert Christian Dare came up with two quick updates to add some punch and print to your backyard – with things you already have around the house.

Outdoor Pillows 

Item List
Pillow cover
Pillow insert
Card stock (for stencil)
Spray bottle
Rubber gloves
Tassels (or some string or rope to DIY a tassel) optional
ScotchGard Waterproof Spray


  1.  Using an existing indoor pillow remove pillow insert. Iron pillow cover until smooth. Try printing out a favourite quote or poem, anything that inspires you is perfect for this project. You want to make sure pillow inserts are good for the outdoors.
  2. Pick out the word you want to write on your pillow. Cut out each letter in card stock. Lay out your letter stencil on your pillow. For ease, and accuracy, use your home printer and computer. Simply print and cut out.
  3. In a small plastic spray bottle, combine 50% water with 50% bleach. Shake well to combine.
  4. Lightly spray each letter with your water/bleach solution.
  5. Remove letters and let it sit for 30 minutes for the bleach to do its magic.
  6. Rinse with cold clean water and launder before use.
  7. Add tassels to the four corners (optional). Spray with waterproofing fabric spray.
  8. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  9. Add back in pillow insert.

Printed Paving Stone

Item List
Concrete paving stone
Scrap of fabric
Paint brush


  1. Pick a fabric. And cut out a piece of fabric one inch smaller on all sides than your paver. If you are covering a round paver, feel free to use a bowl as a guide.
  2. Take your concrete paver and cover it with a thin coat of polyurethane.
  3. Add your Fabric on top. And apply another coat of polyurethane.
  4.  Allow to dry for 24 hours.

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