Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard

My house is still a work in progress and my bedroom is the last to get any special attention. I've been scoping out headboard tutorials for a while and this project ended up using a little bit of everything from all the inspiration I found on Pinterest.

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

If you read my blog, you know I like to find the cheapest way to make things. That's one of the reasons I chose to use Styrofoam insulation board as the base for this headboard. One board cost me less than $10. The second reason is that it's incredibly light weight which makes it very easy to maneuver by myself and I could cut it to size with a kitchen knife.

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



DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

I have a king size bed so I cut my board to 78x36


DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

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.

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

Using a level and tape measure I marked where the buttons would go with pins.


DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

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.

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board and faux fabric buttons by Over The Apple Tree

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.

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board by Over The Apple Tree

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board by Over The Apple Tree

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board by Over The Apple Tree

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.

DIY Cheap Tufted Headboard- Made with a piece of $10 styrofoam insulation board by Over The Apple Tree


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21 comments:

  1. Delighted to see you still crafting and love this head board I loved visiting during Pin Worthy Wednesday and I have a new link up called "I am PInnable" I would love for you to join in so I can share you lovely posts again

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    1. Thanks so much Amber, I'll check out the new party!

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  2. I would have no idea how frugal this headboard was to make because it looks so awesome! Thank you for sharing this idea at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to see you again next week!

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  3. Oh this looks so great, I love that fabric, it will go with any kind of bedding for sure! You are so talented, I would have never thought of this! Amazing!

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  4. Laura, your headboard is amazing!! Love the fabric you chose for it, it will go with any bedding. Your solution for both hanging it and make the buttons is so great!
    I chose this as my pick for today's party at Two Uses Tuesday, congratulations!

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    1. That's great Pili, thanks so much!

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  5. I am totally in love with this idea! We don't have a headboard because the bed frame that went to the set we bought at Ikea was hideous. This would be perfect AND I love the fact that there is no wood involved! Pinned and saved for later to show the hubby!

    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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  6. Hi Laura, Your DIY turned out awesome. Makes me want to make my daughter a headboard.
    Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

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  7. It's really a nice looking headboard and just a bonus that it's so frugal to make! You are clever. Love it, so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Pinned. I'm trying to find a project for some of those smart 'buttons'!!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing at Your Inspired Room! I love how your headboard looks and how cleverly you made it.

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  9. Hi. Just letting you know that we Featured your headboard at Snickerdoodle link party: http://twochicksandamom.blogspot.com/2016/08/snickerdoodle-create-bake-make-link.html
    Hope you can stop by!

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  10. This is awesome Laura! It is so pretty and I love that it is so cheap and easy too... especially for someone in an apartment or that doesn't have a lot of tools on hand. Thanks so much for linking it up to our Bewitchin' Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my features tomorrow over at www.recreateddesigns.com. Hugs, Lisa

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  11. Oh my gosh Laura. That's gorgeous. You're so clever. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  12. This is great! The headboard turned out beautifully! This would be perfect for personalizing a dorm room as well. Great post!

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  13. What is meant by creating tufts?? Did not really understand, looking at the diagrams. Thanks Georgina Clinton.

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    1. A tuft is the depression in the fabric created buy pulling the thread tight

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  14. Hi! This is amazing! I do have. question for you. I have a wooden headboard to cover, how would I create the tufts?

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    1. I'd try and use a staple gun to push down and attach the fabric directly to the wood then cover the staples with the "buttons" otherwise you'd have to drill holes through the wood and run the thread through the holes to the back

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