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Stenciled Hawaiian Flower Cushions, Lauhala Mats

Stenciled floral motifs patterned after Hawaiian quilts turn a porch into an open-air retreat.


Store-bought lounge cushions get a splash of cool hues, and umber tones grace the mats, woven from hala-tree leaves.


  • Naupaka-flower template
  • Waterproof or stencil paper
  • Tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Cushion or mat
  • Fabric paint (for cushion) or acrylic paint (for mat)
  • Natural sponge


  1. Step 1

    Download the naupaka-flower template, and print it, resizing it as needed.

  2. Step 2

    Make a stencil: Lay the printout on waterproof or stencil paper (you may need to tape a few sheets together to make a stencil large enough for the cushions), and tape them to a cutting mat.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out the motif with a craft knife; discard printout and motif cutout. Place stencil on a cushion or mat, and dab fabric paint (for cushion) or acrylic paint (for mat) inside stencil with a natural sponge.

  4. Step 4

    Let dry before shifting stencil to repeat. (The stenciled Hawaiian-print bed linens also use this technique.)

Martha Stewart Living, August 2009