A few months ago, I shared a sneaky peek of the fabrics that we found to use in her room.
The polkadot fabric became her window seat. And the other one? Well it became her headboard.
It turned out beautifully. And it was actually really easy to make.
Here's a quick tutorial on how to make one of your own.
Here's what you'll need...
2. After cutting the plywood to size, decide what shape you would like the headboard to be. If you want a rectangular headboard, you're already there. ;-) If you'd like to create a curvier version, here's what you do.
Create a template using kraft paper. To make the shape symmetrical, try drawing one side first, then folding the kraft paper in half when you cut out your shape to create a template.
NOTE: I simply freehanded my shape, and I did try a couple of different shapes before I found the one that was perfect for what I was looking for.
3. Use your kraft paper template to trace the shape onto your plywood. (Big thanks to the Hubby who took care of the next couple of steps. What a guy!)
4. Use a jigsaw - or get someone who knows how to use one - to cut the shape out of the plywood. (If you look very closely you can see that the Hubby is, indeed, wearing protective eyewear. Safety, first. Always.)
5. At this point, we lightly sanded the edges to make them smooth, but you don't need to go overboard on this step. Keep in mind that the wood wont be visible once the headboard is finished.
One further note, because this headboard is curved, I clipped the fabric on the backside so that it would fit more smoothly as I stapled it around the curved sections. In addition, because I wanted the back of the headboard to look finished, I covered the exposed plywood and the staples with a piece of muslin.
That's it. A custom (and very pretty, if I do say so myself) headboard for the Princess' room
Disclaimer: Please use caution and follow the included instructions when using machinery of any sort including jigsaws and stapleguns as injury may occur.