Make Your Own Headboard

While putting the finishing touches on this headboard, I burnt a couple  of my fingers with my hot-glue gun.  Be forewarned, hot-glue burns HURT! Still, at this very moment, while I sit and type, each time I hit the keys, I feel the sting.

BUT that's not even the worst of my injuries from this past week... On Monday morning, while at the gym, I sprained my ankle. I mean S.P.R.A.I.N.E.D my ankle BAD!  BE  forewarned, spraining your ankle HURTS even WORSE than a hot-glue burn!  Seriously, I wondered if I broke something. I did have a doctor check it out and it doesn't seem to be broken.  I still have swelling, it's UGLY and bruised and I'm still limping, but after tons of icing and LOTS of sitting, I'm on the mend.

So anyway, I haven't accomplished as much as I would have liked to, this past week. ALTHOUGH, I did have a garage sale yesterday and today, with a few of my friends!  Which I plan to post on real soon!! We were planning the sale for last weekend and postponed it, due to weather. SO, I had everything prepared ahead of time.  All my going through and pricing was complete before I hurt my ankle, which was a good  thing, because there was NO way I could have done all of that, while hobbling along.  My friends did the majority of the garage sale work and I tried to help as much as I could.

Anyway... enough about how I've been beating myself up... Let's get on to this post:

A while back, I decided I wanted to make a headboard for my son's "World Traveler Room." This is the first headboard I've ever made and although it isn't perfect, it'll do for now.
I started with a piece of plywood that was cut to size, an egg crate mattress topper, my staple gun and some navy blue material that I found on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I LOVE the Thrifty Decor Chick Blog!  She has some amazing projects and great tutorials.  I LOVE her big boy bedroom and her how to make a headboard post. This is where I grabbed the idea of using an egg crate mattress topper, instead of expensive foam.  LOVED the idea and went with it!

Here is the HOW-TO:

Lay your plywood out, lay the mattress topper on top of the plywood, cutting it to the desired size.
I wrapped the foam around the top and the bottom of the plywood, and stapled it onto the back of the plywood.
If I were to do this again I would wrap the foam around the sides as well. 

I had a full size mattress topper and only used one layer of foam, because I have PLANS for the rest of it.  To make a thicker, more cushioney headboard you can simply double the layers of foam.
I cut the material to fit and wrapped it around all sides of the plywood and stapled the material on the backside.
...and finished the front with cording, attaching it with nail heads that I had on hand. I covered some of these buttons with material and hot-glued the buttons on top of the cording.
 I attached two D-Ring Hangers, on the back to hang it onto the wall.
and VOILA - made my very first headboard. I've always LOVED fabric headboards and have always wanted to make one.  This is the only bedroom in my home, that didn't have a headboard.  BUT now it does and I LOVE it in this room and so does my oldest son.  The other day, he told me: "Mom, now my bed is so comfy!"  It probably helps that he also received a "tempur-pedic like" mattress topper, that my husband and I no longer use.

Come back soon to see more DIY projects in this room.

NOW, I must go and ice my ankle, so that I can actually FINISH some of the projects that I'd like to share with you.

Have a great DAY and please DO NOT sprain an ankle or burn yourself with a hot-glue gun!
May you be a little inspired!


  1. WOW! Your headboard came out beautiful! You are quite amazing with organizing and crafts! Have a wonderful Sunday...maybe your husband can wait on you today so you can rest your ankle :) Janel in NJ

  2. This turned out great! I love it!

  3. Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.

  4. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  5. You have me very inspired! Please take care of yourself ;)

  6. Vary cute! I would love if you linked up to my make it for less mondays! www.simplycadence.blogspot.com
    hope to see you there!

  7. LOVE the thought of using the mattress topper!!! When I was re-doing my kitchen seats I was FLOORED at how expensive the foam was! This would be a grat alternative! Your headboard looks fantastic!

  8. That is cool.. Also I awarded you the versatile blogger award.. go to http://miraclesdohappen-amanda.blogspot.com/2011/05/versatile-blogger-award.html to claim it!

  9. I have had the supplies to make my own fabric headboard for a long time! I need to get a jump on it after looking at yours! Nice job!
    Sarah @practicalpraise.blogspot.com

  10. I have always wanted to make a headboard, and this looks fairly easy! Plus, it's customizable for any decor. I love it!

  11. GREAT job!My husband is about to make a headboard for us. Great tutorial to follow! I'd love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy to link up your headboard!

  12. Hi, friend! Can you please join us again at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  13. It is beautiful! May I ask what size bed you have and what size board you used?

  14. Peggy,
    The bed is a queen and the finished headboard size is approx. 52 1/2 w x 30 1/4 h.

  15. Thanks so much! That's a BIG help!

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