And we have a new headboard! I almost don’t even know where to start with this headboard – there is just so much great stuff to talk about. Like how it is completely DIYed and it cost me less than fifteen dollars to make and how meaningful it is. Not to mention it looks amazing.
My absolute favorite thing about this headboard is how unique and meaningful it is. I knew I wanted to incorporate I Corinthians 13 somewhere in our master bedroom makeover. Not only is it beautiful – it has a lot of meaning for me as it has helped us through some rough patches in our marriage.
The verses on the headboard read: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Pretty powerful words if you ask me.
I am a huge fan of using what you already have, so this upholstered headboard was made using the materials from the headboard that was previously in our master bedroom.
I made that headboard a few years ago, but I was never quite satisfied with it. So I decided it was time for a change.
I am assuming that anyone else out there who wants to give this a try will be starting from scratch, so don’t worry – I will tell exactly how to do that.
- plywood or pegboard – (64 x 45 inches for queen size bed)
- king size mattress topper
- roll of batting
- fabric – (2 yards for queen size bed)
- paint pens
- staple gun and staples
You will need a piece of plywood or pegboard to start out. I used pegboard for my original headboard because that headboard had tufting and the holes made it easier. (Also, because we already had some pegboard in the basement). Plywood will also work quite nicely. Cut your wood to your headboard size. I knew I wanted a more curvy shape for my new headboard so I first drew my shape on brown butcher paper and then traced it onto the wood.
Then you simply cut out your shape with a jigsaw. (Seriously not hard at all. If you have never used a jigsaw, don’t be intimidated. You can do this – it is no harder than cutting with a knife. Just practice on some scrap wood first).
Next comes the foam layer. It turns out that thick foam from a sewing supply store is incredibly expensive, so I went a different route. I bought a king size foam mattress topper. Not a super fancy one – just a cheap one from Walmart. Using my paper template, I also cut it into the same shape, making two layers.
Then you roll out your batting onto the floor. Stack the two layers of foam on top of the batting (bumpy side in), followed by your wood.
Tip: I learned last time that when you pull everything tight, the corners tend to get smooshed and sloppy looking so I tucked a little extra foam into each corner.
Pull your foam tight and staple it to the wood. Be sure to start out with one staple in the middle of each side and then work your way around the edges.
(If you are very observant you may notice that the pieces shown above have a slightly different design from my finished headboard. I found that the small corners were completely obscured when I added my batting so I had to alter my design partway through. I would recommend not trying to be too detailed with your shape. I ended up using some cardboard and 2 wooden ABC blocks to fix my shape. Yes, that’s right, I used my son’s blocks to fix my headboard – now that is the mark of a true professional).
Now you are ready for your fabric. For this project I used some blue fabric I had picked up at a yard sale last year for $1.50 and four white DecoArt fabric paint pens ($10 using coupons from Michaels – Yes, I am that person that feels the need to use a 40% off coupon for a $4 paint pen.) If you were not lucky enough to already have some fabric on hand, you can find lots of creative ideas of really cheap fabric sources here.
I once again used my paper template and traced it onto my fabric with chalk. I used painter’s tape to keep my writing straight and wrote the verses on the fabric. My original plan was to use a bleach pen, but I quickly found that was a nightmare when trying to work with such a large piece of fabric. It was impossible to keep the bleach where I wanted it while attempting to rinse it.
Luckily the paint pen worked just fine.
Lay your fabric on the floor and place your headboard on top of it, batting side down. Pull the fabric tight and staple it, starting with one staple on each side as before. Because I needed my fabric to line up exactly, I taped each side to the pegboard with painter’s tape and checked to make sure it was lined up correctly before stapling.
I actually hung my headboard on the wall just like I would hang a heavy mirror or picture. I put two screws in the wall using anchors and attached a heavy duty wire across the back of the headboard. Then just hang the wire on the screws. This is also how our previous headboard was hung and we had no problems with it for the three years it was there.
And our master bedroom makeover is well under way!
If you were going to make a headboard with a message, what would yours say? Any other ideas of nontraditional surfaces to decorate with words? I think a floor or accent wall would be pretty cool.