Here's directions for making a striped lumbar pillow with a bow inspired by one by Garnet Hill. I will say I am not a fan of painting fabric. I would definitely opt for purchasing striped fabric to save time. Just call me lazy or practical.
Cute little DIY memo board. The page is in another language but just looking at it I am thinking painted rocks for the birds and bug with a driftwood rest for them all, on a plain pine board with a cork sheet.picture for idea.