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So… This project has only taken me the better part of a month (and a half) to post about.

This was definitely one of my bigger DIY projects, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. Definitely one of the best parts of DIY is the simple sense of pride you get from seeing and using the project and knowing that you helped create it.

Here is the Finished product:


This is the look I was going for:

Source: Joss and Main

headboard picture

Source: Etsy

headboard 2


But rounding out at around $1000-$1200.00 for a king headboard means that this was meant to be one my “projects”. Trevor is my northern star when it comes to budget and I’ll just say that I knew he wasn’t going to guide me towards buying any of those beautiful headboards.

Credit where credit is due! I mostly followed this blog tutorial:

And got further help and inspiration from here:    http://www.homemadebycarmona.com/make-diamond-tufted-headboard/

As well as watching countless vlogs on youtube. Pinterest is my mother ship.

Here is what you will need: 
Fabric (I used two 54×84 curtain panels from target)
Particle board
2 2×6 boards
2 twin mattress pad covers from Walmart
3 yards of fleece fabric
Staple gun
2 rolls of nailhead trim 
Screws for particle board
Button Maker 
button heads (size 24 (5/8″/15mm) is what I used)
4 L brackets


I wanted a thicker fabric, because, let’s be honest; greasy heads will be resting against this headboard. Not that we ever get greasy. OK. moving on.

I LOVE my hometown of Marquette, MI. That being said, we are a small city and there have very limited choices when it comes to fabric shopping. I went to the few places that I could to search out fabric and didn’t find anything that I liked. I considered buying online… and I’m sure that a more experienced seamstress would not have a problem doing this, but I have such a limited knowledge of fabric that I was really nervous to buy anything that I couldn’t touch and feel first. Those of you that are far more patient than I am could probably order samples and then buy what you need… if you also happen to live 200 miles north of everywhere and have no access to a Joann Fabric.

Thankfully inspiration struck and I figured out that a curtain panel might do the trick. I really liked this curtain panel from Target and it worked out really well. I bought the 54×84″ size since that’s what they had in stock, but I ended up buying a second panel to cover the headboard wings. I think I might have been able to get away with 1 panel if I had been able to get the 95″ length, but I’m not sure.

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I had my heart set on a really tall headboard. Also, we decided to use two twin size mattress pad covers from walmart. So, basically our headboard is the size of a twin mattress.

We ended up using particle board because we were having trouble finding any plywood that wasn’t bowed. Basically trevor just trimmed it down to the width of our bed (we have a king size bed).

And so it began.

First, because I used curtain panels, we had to bust out all of the metal rings from the top of the fabric. I also let out the hem at the bottom to allow myself the most fabric possible. And NOOO, I’m certainly NOT using nail scissors to cut out the hem. I always have the proper tools at hand. *cough*


After that, trevor cut our board and we laid out the mattress toppers so that the flat part was against the wood and then the bumpy side of the next piece was kissing the bumpy side of the first piece…. I probably should have taken pictures, huh?

We decided to use mattress toppers after reading one of the blog tutorials that had done the same thing. Plus… have you priced out Upolstery foam lately?! I wasn’t willing to sell Judah, so the foam toppers were a life saver coming in just under $20.

Next, we laid out our fleece fabric that we were using as a sort of bunting and stretched it tight across the foam and then flipped the whole thing over and started stapling.



Once we stapled everything (and pounded in any staples that weren’t flush) we flipped it back over and I made my final choice in fabric. The picture I have above is actually a curtain panel that I was considering and didn’t end up choosing, but it was the best picture I had of the board before it was covered with my final fabric choice. Notice how the edges are a bit bumpy and look kind of pleated where the fleece fabric has been pulled tight from the staples. Don’t worry, this will smooth out when you staple back your next piece of fabric.


Next we laid across our fabric and trevor started drilling the screws and washers to create the tufting.


The fabric plus padding means that there is quite a lot of give and eyeballing that needs to take place. That being said, trevor was pretty meticulous with how he measured and if you decide to try this then always, always start in the center.

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Here is where is started coming together and becoming stupidly complicated all at the same time. With the tutorials I read and watched… basically they got to this point and their fabric was such that it had enough give to simply pinch it and it would fall into this gorgeous pleat. I’m assuming that the fabric I was working with was a lot thicker and much less forgiving. Because I pinched and pinched and pinched and… nothing. I was basically left with a fabric bubble, but it in no way resembled the sleek pleat look I was going for.

About two second earlier I was all, “Heck yes! I’m the headboard queen! I’m going to have this entire project done in 2 hours flat!” And then I became all… “You’ll still love me honey if we just spent 100 dollars on one of my crazy ideas and it doesn’t work, right?”


Here comes the fun part. I realized that if I worked with the fabric enough I could pinch a bubble pleat into place… a pleat that then needed a seam to be hand stitched across to ensure that it stuck. 😁🔫

See those needle nose pliers? I broke 4 needles pushing them through this fabric. You know how new guitarist get blisters learning to play? I have tufting blisters. Hardcore crafter yawl. This stage took me probably 8 hours. I watched the better part of a season of friends before it was all said and done. 


But once it was, it started to look awesome.


Next was making the buttons and gluing them into place.

Start by cutting your fabric into small squares.


Next you will need your button maker that looks like this:


Not a very complicated tool, but brilliant for its purpose. Next, cover the inverted plastic with your fabric and put the head of your button face down so the cup side is facing up. Like so. IMG_0122

Next, take your little pink “pusher” and… well.. push the button in till it feels secure. It should be quite a tight fit.


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Next, trim off the excess fabric.


Again, my fabric with super thick and just didn’t work the same way as the tutorials I had looked at. Glue gun to the rescue.



After sustaining two reasonably serious burns, a friend recommended keeping a bowl of ice water at hand just incase you get the glue on your skin. By that time I had pretty much got the hang of it, but I think it’s a great tip.






Careful pushing the back piece on. That mother is hot.


Voila! Buttons!

Then I just glued those suckers into place. With a stupid amount of glue. Those babies aren’t going anywhere.


I made 55 buttons… Feel free to cringe with me. It took me about 45 seconds -1 minute per button once I got the hang of it.

Once the buttons were finished we stapled the fabric from the edges tightly to the back of the board.


Next we made the posts. Trevor cut the wood to reach from the top of where the headboard would end up (3 ft above the mattress) to the floor. That height will depend on how tall you want your headboard and possibly how high your mattress is as well.

Next, I wrapped the posts with my fleece fabric and secured them around the back and the tops of the posts like presents and stapled them into placepost 1


Next comes your nailhead trim. Screenshot 2015-07-16 16.54.23

It comes in rolls like this. Every sixth head, there is a hole where you place your nail and secure the strip into place (I’m pointing to two of them in the picture below). I used a rubber mallet to nail these nails into place so I didn’t dent the nail head.





Last step… stay with me.

Secure the posts to the sides with L brackets.



And DONE!!! I had saved up all my receipts to add up the total… but, then we had a family vacation and I think they all got lost about a month ago. In total, I believe this project cost me about $120.00. It probably would have been cheaper if I had been able to find fabric that I liked that wasn’t a curtain panel, but there you go. Still much cheaper than it’s thousand dollar counterpart.



Even with all the extra time, I would do it again and I’m really happy with how it turned out.