Monday, July 30, 2012


It is DIY Monday which means it is time to share another DIY project (I have plenty of them as I get ready to move into the dorm)

Todays DIY are the headboards I made for my sister's bed and for my bed. This project took the most time and most patience out of all the projects I have made for the dorm.

piece of 1/2 x 2 x 4 plywood cut down to 2 x 3.25
these measurements are for a twin bed 
They will cut your wood at Lowe's if you don't have a way to cut it like me -- roughly $8.00 each because I went for the cheap stuff
some foam
I ended up with 4 packs of 4-pack 16 x 16 foam squares. because thats all my local Walmart had -- around $24.00 total
I ended up with 45 x 60 roll with "medium fluffiness" -- around $13.00

a 4 x 10 dropcloth
You can get actually get any size or brand I just got the cheapest one at my Lowe's -- around $4.00
upholstery nails (sisters)
upholstery nails (mine)

Upholstery nails (for the trim) - I made the mistake of letting my sister choose them. I ended up with the boring ones. -- around $8.00 for 8 packets (4 for each headboard)

black craft paint
small craft paintbrush

1. measure and cut the foam to the width and length of your board then secure with any type of adhesive
2. measure out your batting (2 inches longer than your board on all sides)
3. flip the board face down onto the batting and staple (pull tightly but don't rip it)
4. same as step 3 only this time with the drop cloth - also, I forgot to iron this step and now I'm stuck with wrinkles on my headboard

5. start putting in those nails - this takes a while luckily for me there was a Harry Potter marathon on

almost done
nails all done!
I was going to just leave it like this but as I stared it I couldn't help but think it needed more.

onto step 6. find a font you like and make the letters the biggest font they will go and print them off
step 7. now tediously cut each letter out and place it how you like on your headboard then pin.
the boyfriend thinks monograms are weird. he doesn't like the last initial going in the middle. boys.

Step 8. Trace around each letter with black paint and then remove the letters. Now fill in the traced letter and you should end up with something like....

and this!
GRAND TOTAL: around 65 dollars for both or 32.50 each
I'm so glad they are done but I can't wait to have nice custom plush headboards in the supposed to be sterile dorm :)

♥ Katie

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