Tuesday, February 22, 2011

$10 DIY Headboard





As renters, our bedroom was kinda bland. Like, embarrassingly bland. Here it is before: 
I've made a headboard for our bed before when we were living in San Francisco, but when it was time to move, our Cal King size DIY headboard was just too monstrous to move cross-country. 
I wanted to do something that would have a lot of impact for not a lot of cash, so I got a bit creative. I had some sturdy poster board from the dollar store lying around, as well as some extra trim, batting and burlap. So I taped my poster board together: 
(note- I would not use electrical tape next time since it shows through the thin burlap, just a little)

Then traced my design and cut it out with a boxcutter:


And used the cut out portion as a template for the other side, so that they were even: 

Then using spray adhesive. I patched together some batting scraps I had left over from previous projects: 

This is where it starts to look a little like Frankenstein. 
I then laid the poster board on top of the burlap and upholstered it using a regular staple gun. I folded the burlap back on itself before stapling so it had a little something to hold on to. 

Then, I secured the back together even more using some twine, hot glue and staples to create a zig zag pattern that secured all the boards together even more. 

Now, to hang it- I tried using picture hangers on some parts of the twine... not good. 
Soooo I nailed it to the wall. Haha. Well, its about as much damage as a picture hanger, and it stays flush! 

Here's the cost breakdown: 
Poster board $1 ea x 3 = $3
Burlap $2/yd x 2.5 = $5
Trim $1/yd x 2 = $2
= $10! 

Not bad! For less than a cocktail we gave our bedroom a big facelift! 
Also, want to know a secret? That trim isn't glued on- nope! I just pinned it on with straight pins. So if I want to throw out the headboard when we move, or use the trim for another project, it just comes straight off!


This is a great idea for renters, who don't want to deal with bolting a huge piece of plywood to the wall. It's light enough that a nail on each side holds her up, and cheap enough that if you don't want to carry it on to your next place, your guilt factor for just throwing it out is pretty low. 



32 comments:

  1. A very creative idea! I have a friend to share this with, she would love this idea for her rental!

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  2. It's so hard to find things that look great but are cheap and disposable - I'm very pleased with how the headboard turned out. Let me know if she makes one!

    xo
    Margaret

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  3. Margaret,
    Just found your blog through Tumblr and we are in love! We love this project in particular, we actually just had to show our readers how cool it was! http://yaydiy.com/2011/02/yes-please-a-10-diy-headboard/

    Looks like we are into much of the same stuff - crafting and food - so can't wait to read you from this day forward!

    Take care! Lia and Erin of Yay! DIY

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  4. You have got to be kidding. Poster? It looks incredible. I love the fabric and the trim. I am amazed right now.

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  5. Unreal. I love this. What a great idea. It looks fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I had to post about this. Truly amazing.

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  7. You are a genius! I can't believe this! Thank you so much for sharing this! Tons of hugs! Xo

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  8. it looks beautiful!!! i love upholstered headboards, but you cannot beat that price! :)

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  9. wow.. poster board! who knew!! great job & love the creativity! i'm a new fan! :)
    blessings,
    -tracie

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  10. I love the way you think! I'm a new follower & can't wait to see more!!

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  11. Who would have thought! Very creative! I will definately be back for more!!!

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  12. I'm sooooo lovin' your idea...it looks outstanding! I'm going to pass it on to my daughter.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. Margaret, this turned out so great! I love that you just pinned the trim on too. I also love the prints you hung above it. Really pretty.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. Came over from J and J....WOW! What a great job you did....I'm almost speechless...can't believe it was poster board!!!!

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  15. Also coming over from JandJ. Very impressive indeed!

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  16. Thanks, everyone! To those interested in those prints- those were also a cheapy DIY and I'm posting about those in a day or two.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    xo
    Margaret

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  17. This is fab! I never would have guessed that was poster board. Love it! Just found your lovely blog through WUW. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Tammy @www.beatricebanks.blogspot.com

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  18. It looks fantastic! I love seeing creative ways to make a headboard. Glad I caught this over at Savvy Southern Style's party.

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  19. That is very creative and it looks great. Thanks for joining WUW, but I need a link to the party added to your post, please.

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  20. This is fabulous! It looks so wonderful, you are so creative!
    Thanks for linking, hope your having a great day!
    Kristin

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  21. Wow! What a neat idea! It turned out really great! I love it!

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  22. That's amazing! Excellent job. I am so impressed.

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  23. Great idea! The headboard looks fantastic. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

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  24. Awesome idea! Thanks
    www.dashing-home.blogspot.com

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  25. Just stopping by to steal a pic for your feature. Look for it sometime before noon cst. PS: I'm your newest follower! :)

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  26. Wow. I'm now a follower. That was amazing!

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  27. Wow!
    That looks spectacular.
    And you wouldn't know by looking at it that it only cost you $10!
    great job.

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  28. I very rarely stand straight up beside my desk and applaud- but baby I am doin that very thing right now.. Can ya here it?? the applause is thundering in the room...
    You WIN the creativity award and I am gonna give this a try in my spare bedroom.. when I do I plan to link over here so you can get the credit you so richly deserve...

    YEA YEA YEA~!!!!!!

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  29. Wow! We rent too and I was thinking on how to make something like that. You showed me how. Thank you very much for the tutorial...looks amazing!

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  30. This is great! Cheap and easy with pretty results, my kind of project! :)

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