Part 1: DIY Headboard - Using Cardboard Instead of Wood
Hey everyone! I'm super excited about this project. It worked out so well and I took tons of pictures along the way. Part 1 includes all the base work of cutting out your design through getting the headboard completely covered in batting. Part 2 to follow will include covering your headboard in fabric and adding any desired trim (mine will have brass nail heads).
I've seen quite a few tutorials on Pinterest showing how to use plywood to make a headboard. Let me tell you, this way is not dramatically different, and when you have an excess of cardboard is pretty alluring and way cheap! This headboard will be going in one of our guest rooms, so I don't intend on it having lots of wear and tear. I may back it with plywood in the future if I see problems, but for now I think it's pretty darn great how it is.
To keep it semi-simple, I'll show you the pictures of the steps with brief descriptions along the way.
Layout a giant piece of cardboard, mine is 70'' wide.
Note how I've marked the circles & used the 90 degree angles to help me get started. Left View.
Same as above, right view.
Detail of how I marked the design and measured out an exact distance from the center point. Center point is the 90 degree angle intersection of the two straight lines.
Detail of half circle design at the top. Again, mark center point, measure out distance from center point.
Yeah!!! We've got the design!! Pretty cool when you get to this point.
You will have a little extra above the staples, no biggie.
Closer view of above.
As your stapling your first layer around, cut free the excess at the corners to eliminate the bulk.
Fold in one side and then overlap with the other layer (shown below)
Fold in and secure with staples.
First layer of right side cut out and ready to secure.
Corner and side sections stapled down. Pull batting tight as you staple around the corner, it should be very smooth.
Detail of top section, first layer, stapled down.
Cut excess and fold in nicely (this is now layer 2).
Same principle as above.
Ah, now we have used all 3 layers of pre cut batting but we have so much extra! NO problem! I could foresee this and planned to use the cuttings as the inside 4th layer.
Piece the cuttings until you fill up the 4th interior layer.
Continue piecing, I hope you like geometry!
Oh, it fits soooo nicely!
Used a few tiny cuttings in the center, but for the most part was able to use large chunks.
My fully finished, interior 4th layer, batting puzzle!
Detail shot of piecing.
Staple at an angle to make it easier to release the stapler and to move on quicker. I found this very helpful.
Plan on having a nice little pile of staples that won't go through the cardboard.... it happens. Oh well!
After you've secured all the layers one at a time you should have a pretty awesome looking head board. I'll be posting part 2 soon. Stay tuned and good luck!!
Follow up on Part 2 HERE!