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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DIY Headboard

It's finally finished.  The headboard I have talked about making forEVER for my daughter's room.

This would definitely fall into the 1 day or less category if you have the whole day to work.

Instructions
1.  Tape some paper to your wall above the bed and draw out the shape of the headboard.  It's a better idea to only draw one side, fold your paper in half and cut.  This will ensure both sides match.


2. Lay the paper cutout on your plywood and trace the shape.
TIP - have the lumber store cut your plywood to the width and height you need.  This will save you time and it means you only need to cut out the decorative shape.
Tip #2 - Check to see if your lumber store sells off cuts.  These are the leftover pieces that were previously cut for someone else.  I found a piece that was close in size to what I needed and it cost $13 compred to $40 for the entire sheet of plywood. 
3. Use a jig saw and cut along your pencil marks.



4. Lay your foam on the floor and then lay the plywood on top of that.  Using a sharpie, trace around the plywood.  Cut.

Tip - Foam at the fabric store can be pricey.  I bought a roll of camping foam for $20.  It comes in 1", 2", 3" and 4".  I used the 2".
5. Attach foam to plywood with spray adhesive.

6. Lay batting on the floor and then lay plywood on top and cut around the batting leaving enough extra to staple to the back.


7. Do the same thing with the fabric.  If you're using a shape rather than a rectangle for the headboard there will be lots of stapling, adjusting and restapling.  Be patient and don't be afraid to pull the staples out and readjust.




38 comments:

  1. WOW! it looks awesome! i love the fabric- so fun!!

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  2. It looks beautiful! Great fabric and shape! :)

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  3. I never had a headboard as a kid. Youths these days. ;) Very pretty!!

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  4. Very sweet and I love the combination of color, shape, and pattern {once again, you are a master} between the headboard, pillow and dresser. Camping foam? Love the tip for purchasing less expensive foam because Ouch! foam can run a lot. I guess camping foam is sold in a sporting goods store? Is it labeled as such or might it be labeled for a purpose, like lining under a sleeping bag etc. I'm sure its obvious that I've never camped and haven't wandered around places that sell gear ;) I hope your daughter enjoys her cute bedroom.

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  5. Great job! I think I'm going to invest in a jigsaw!

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  6. Awesome! You've made it look so easy, but I'm still not brave enough to try making my own...something to do with power tools with blades.

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  7. That looks soooo good! I am sure your daughter must love it!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the shape and of course that fabric.

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  9. Looks great Carol!! You found the fabric to work alright?

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  10. Seriously? It's as easy as you made it look? I love it!!! And great tips BTW that you shared on cutting costs. What an amazing project - I bet your daughter is pretty proud to have such a great feature in her room. Awesome job, Carol :-)

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  11. Lucky girl!! I love the shape and the fabric is so pretty!! Great job!!

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  12. Still madly in love with that fabric, but the sweet little shape you chose just makes it perfect! And you made it look so easy, but I KNOW those rounded parts were not fun to upholster. The finished product is beautiful!

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  13. I love this! I love your instructions. They are so easy to follow. Thank you! Def going to have to put this on my to do list! ;)

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  14. I have a strong urge to call you Sarah Richardson after this beauty post! ;) Way to go with the tutorial Carol!!!

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  15. Way to go! Thanks for the tip on the camping foam!

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  16. Oh I just adore the shape of this headboard. So proud of you. Imaging what you could create if you had an endless amount of time???

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  17. Wow it turned out amazing in that fabric! And so smart to buy camping foam :)

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  18. Looks incredible! I have to say that your easy-to-follow steps make this project look like something I could do. I'm going to try it someday!

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  19. It looks great! What a lovely and fun fabric for a young lady. Great tutorial!

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  20. Looks fantastic Carol! your daughter must love it. I need to add a jig saw to my birthday list I think...

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  21. it sounds like i need to get some jig skills! wow, the design is awesome! plus, how clever are you using camping foam?? i would have never thought of that!

    also, the fabric is amazing!

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  22. I love the fabric you chose for the headboard. You did an amazing job with it.

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  23. It's beautiful! I love the shape and the fabric! Great job!

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  24. Love the fabric you selected for the headboard, and the shape is really cool. This is the beauty of DIY projects - you can make anything you want look however you want. And DIY projects aren't always as hard as you might think - more often than not, they just take time and patience and some ingenuity :-)

    Great job!

    Kelly

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  25. Carol - it turned out so well! I LOVE that fabric, and it's something she can grow into... I've been wanting to make one of these for my bedroom for ages - thank you for sharing your tips. Where do you buy camping foam? (oh yeah, and I'm having a jewelry giveaway, pop by and enter - x)

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  26. Good job with that intricate design! And love the fabric.
    Happy weekend!

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  27. Wow that is one incredible DIY project! Thanks so much! :)

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  28. It looks fabulous and would be a great addition to my daughter's bed which has an aluminum headboard - would not do that again! Loving that classic spring pattern! reminds me of my Swedish friends houses.

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  29. You know what is so funny? I made a headboard this weekend too and it is a yellow chevron pattern like the pillow on the bed!! :) We're revealing it tomorrow if you want to see it. You'll laugh. I love the one you made for you daughter! I bet she thinks your such an amazing mom!

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  30. Yay!! Don't you feel like super woman now!?!? It is beeee.u.tiful!!! Love the combination of prints on the bed too!
    Kelle
    Xoxo

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  31. This looks fantastic Carol! And I love the new blog look too (it's been a while since I've dropped by - sorry!). The fabric you've chosen is fabulous - I wouldn't mind one exactly like this for my room :) xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  32. That looks fantastic!! The fabric is perfect.

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  33. This actually looks really doable. Where do you buy camping foam?

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  34. Gorgeous! I love the fabric you used and the shape of the headboard is so elegant! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Looks great! Love the tip about the foam. You make it look so easy! Was it...?

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  36. I've been wanting to make my own DIY headboard for a while. I love the shape you created...thanks for sharing this!

    I would love if you checked out my site :)

    Zorrie
    www.sugarandchic.com

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