So with the pros of the Styrofoam, there are also cons. You can't really nail, tack or staple into it because everything will just slide out. I'm also not 100% sure yet how durable this will prove to be. I have to admit, halfway through this project I was wondering if I made a mistake by not just going with the wood. I stuck it out, improvising along the way, and ended up with a beautiful inexpensive headboard that I love!
The supplies I purchased:
- Styrofoam Insulation Board $9.57
- 2 1/2 yards of fabric $6.25
- Batting $7.97
- Command Strips $3.94
- duct tape
I have a king size bed so I cut my board to 78x36
I folded back the fabric and attached it with a staple gun. The staples were a temporary hold because they would have slipped back out. After I had it all the way I wanted it, I used duct tape to secure the fabric to the board, covering the staples.
Using a level and tape measure I marked where the buttons would go with pins.
I didn't use actual buttons. I had to use a needle and thread to create the tufts. Since the thread would have pulled straight through the Styrofoam, I needed something to hold it on the back side while I tied it in a knot on the front of the fabric. My daughter was crafting in the next room and BOOM, popsicle sticks saved the day. If I used wood as my base this step would have been much easier, I could have just used the staple gun to create tufts.
So here are my faux buttons. I just hot glued fabric onto cardboard circles then covered my thread knots with the "buttons" with more hot glue.
Here was another tricky part for me. I couldn't just attach this to the wall and call it a day. My room has a strip of molding I had to work around. I took some pieces of leftover styrofoam and glued them to the back. This built it up enough to work around the molding and created a little ledge for it to rest on the molding for extra support. I attached my finished headboard to my wall with Command Strips. The strips I got are meant to hold up to 16 lbs and my headboard ended up at about 5 lbs so I'm pretty confident this isn't going anywhere.
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