Lettering on Felt with Paint Easily

Can you paint on felt? Yes, you can absolutely use acrylic paint on felt and today I’m sharing two methods that ensure your Lettering on Felt design looks beautiful.

It’s Holiday crafting time and today I created a fun pillow that is reversible, it says JOY on one side and THANKFUL on the other side. Lettering on felt is a little different than lettering on paper, but the results are that much more amazing!!

Can you Paint on Felt?

METHOD 1: USING THE NOZZLE: You can also nozzle of the gold dimensional paint bottle while lettering on felt. Hold the bottle like a pen, squeeze evenly to write or paint your designs.

hand lettering on felt with dimensional paint

The gold dimensional paint dries beautifully and the soft shimmer of the gold on brown makes me happy. I filled the pillow with poly fil and stuffed it till it felt full.

hand lettering on felt thankful pillow

METHOD 2: USING A PAINT BRUSH: While lettering on felt you should use fabric paint. Here I used the same gold dimensional paint but with a No 2 round paint brush instead of the bottle nozzle. I kept it simple with a basic capital font style.

It is important to use a dry brush to paint on felt. Use VERY little water to move the paint

can you paint on felt
hand lettering on felt JOY

Lettering on Felt YouTube Video:

Learn How hand letter on felt using fabric paint along with me. Watch the video by clicking on the video box below or head over to to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks for using acrylic paint on felt:

  • You can easily substitute the felt in this project with fabric. Use the same fabric glue to make the pillow!
  • Before hand lettering on felt, it’s a great idea to think of what you want to draw and maybe make a rough pencil sketch on the side.
  • While using such dimensional paints, always squeeze the nozzle onto a scrap piece of paper first, to remove any air and to figure out how much pressure the bottle needs for the paint to come out easily. Practice before you take your paint bottle to your work.
  • I originally had planned to make a bigger pillow, but by mistake ordered these 12 by 8 inch felt sheets thinking it was 12 by 18 inches in size. When it arrived, I kinda liked the small size, and this small sized pillow reminded of something that you would find in the Target dollar spot.


Supplies used:

I used these Felt Sheets, Fabric Glue, Fabric paint in gold, a round paintbrush and some pillow stuffing like Poly-Fil

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Did you find this Can you paint on felt tutorial helpful? What are some of your favorite words for lettering on felt? Have you tried any other tutorial here on Smiling Colors? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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  1. What a fun idea! I love that this project is no sew! I can work with glue! Also, I love how you staged your finished project photos.:)

  2. The small rectangle pillows are delightful to use around the house as decorations for even special family/friends celebrations/events. Thank you for sharing your interesting ideas and how to accomplish them. jacqui

  3. I love puff paint! Well, that’s what we called it growing up 🙂 That gold color looks great against the felt you chose!

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