- Plywood sheet ($30): 23/32 inch x 4 ft. x 8 ft. from Home Depot
- 2x4 ($6): two from Home Depot
- Screws ($2): 2 1/2" tall from Home Depot
- Foam mattress pad ($10): twin size from Walmart
- Batting ($12): 3 yards from Jo-Ann Fabrics
- Fabric ($20ish): 2 separate sheets of 2 yards; price will vary depending on what you get, but make sure it's durable
- Hemming tape ($3): Ultra bond from Jo-Ann Fabrics
- Tacky spray ($5): I used Aleena's Crystal Clear Tacky Spray Adhesive from Jo-Ann Fabrics
- TOTAL: $78
- Electric hand saw
- Electric drill
- Staple gun
While the spray was drying, I used some hemming tape to iron my two sheets of fabric together into one sheet. Because the headboard is so large, the dimensions of the fabric aren't really tall enough, so your best bet is to just get two pieces of the same length so it's big enough to cover your board.
Now it's time to attach the legs of the headboard. We measured how high we needed it to stand, and used those measurements to decide where to place the 2x4's. Mine stands 18 inches from the ground. I cut some spots on the mattress pad so my boyfriend could drill the holes where the screws will go to attach the posts.
The rest is easy breezy from here! The batting will help create a smooth surface for the fabric. The store had a bunch of different thicknesses of batting, but I just stuck with an inexpensive one. I don't really think the heavy stuff is necessary, plus it's a budget project! The easiest way to apply the batting would be to lay it down on a flat surface, then place your headboard with the mattress pad side face down. Make sure you pull the batting tightly, before staple gunning it to the board. Your finished batting should look a little like this...
I am very proud of this headboard! And now that I know how great my boyfriend's handiwork really is, I'll have to line up a few more projects for us. He can't hide from my craft addiction anymore! I'm glad we did this together, and we really worked well as a team. It is the perfect weekend project that gets your artsy juices flowing while your man gets the green light to play with some power tools and guns!