Finding the perfect headboard is easy. Finding the perfectly priced headboard is hard. I’ve been looking and looking for a tufted headboard that won’t break the bank and I came up with nothing. Then one day I was sitting in my living staring at a big cardboard box our 50″ TV came in. I remembered seeing a headboard made from cardboard on Pinterest and jumped at the idea.
- A big piece of cardboard
- 2 yards of batting (for a king sized headboard)
- 2 yards of fabric (for a king)
- Staple gun & staples
- Button cover kit (and refills if needed)
- Needle & thread
- Tough string (I used hemp)
- Thumbtacks (for hanging on the wall)
So the first thing you need to do is cut your cardboard the width of your bed and the height you want it. Mine is about 2 feet tall and 76 inches wide.
Since it needed to be 76 inches wide I had to cut two different pieces out of the cardboard and duck tape them together. It’s best to use one piece but in my case I didn’t have a piece of cardboard big enough.
Next, you put the batting around one side of the cardboard and wrap it around the sides then staple it down with your staple gun. Don’t pull it too tight when wrapping it. (Sorry I didn’t take a picture with just the batting on it.)
After the batting you are going to wrap it again with the fabric. First, iron the fabric so that it isn’t wrinkled. Then put it over the batting, you can pull it tighter than you did the batting. Staple it down.
Now you can add the hemp string. This is what your headboard will hang by up against the wall. For a king sized headboard I put three strands of hemp string across the back and stapled them a good amount. Then I put 3 thumbtacks into the wall and hung it.
Now onto the tufting! With leftover fabric make your buttons with your button making kit. You can find these at Joann’s and they have instructions on them. Making buttons is actually really fun, this was my favorite part.
To get the buttons onto the headboard you take your needle (with the thread through the button) and poke it through the front of the headboard in the spot you want it then pull it tight, tie it off, and staple the remaining string to the back of the headboard. I first placed the buttons on the headboard and marked the spots where I wanted the buttons with a Sharpie. It made it easier. Be sure to pull the string from the buttons tight in order to get the “tufted” look.
All that’s left to do is hang your beautiful tufted headboard onto your wall.
- Cardboard – free
- Batting – on sale for $7 at Joann’s
- Fabric – on sale for $3 at Joann’s
- Button kit (already had refills) – $5 at Joann’s
- Hemp string – already had
TOTAL = $15!
Be on the watch for sales at your local crafting store, that’s what I did and got good prices on the batting and fabric. The fact that I made my own headboard just how I wanted it for only $15 makes me really happy.
Scalloped wall art DIY found here!
Remember to have a helper handy when needed, make sure they have hands instead of paws. My helper wasn’t much help.