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Felt Flower Headband

You know when you see something and it is literally breathtaking? That was my reaction to this photo on Maureen Cracknell Handmade. Look at this gorgeous felt flower crown worn by her lovely daughter. So pretty and the kind of crafty thing every young lady should have in her dress up play arsenal. (And I bet she would love to make this along with Mom or Dad too!)
This photo was from a more recent post, but Maureen shares more pictures of this beautiful handmade head decoration here: Felt Flower Crown.

If you want one of your very own without making it yourself, Maureen sells them here too:

(image source: Maureen Cracknell Handmade)

The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

To save money and get the perfect fabric, I LOVE to make a DIY headboard for a bedroom. This tutorial shows how to make a padded DIY headboard, but there are lots of other styles you can make, too: Headboard Ideas.)

DIY headboards like this one are surprisingly EASY to build, and definitely lovely to own! Here is EXACTLY how I made mine:

Make A DIY Headboard! The BEST easy DIY headboard tutorial to make one of quality.
This is the headboard I made…we have had it for a few years now and think it suits us perfectly! In this tutorial you will learn how to make a headboard for cheap!

Step 1: Build the frame

I  started with the “width” measurement of the bed which was approximately 54 inches. The height can be whatever you would like — I chose to make mine about a yard higher than the top of my mattress…the same height as a standard piece of foam.

My frame was built using 5 2 x4’s of varying lengths:

  • Two for the height from the floor to the top of my headboard
  • Two for the width minus 2 inches, and
  • One to brace the center…two inches shorter than the height from the bottom horizontal piece to the top one.

small wooden dowel pins, wood glue, a drill with a pre measured tape line to control depth and a small template I made for drilling holes (so they would all be the same.)

Step 2: Attach the padding to the frame

Next I got my foam which was a 4-5 inch thick foam, and cut it to the size of the frame.  Then I used spray adhesive to carefully to attach the foam to the frame. Easy!

Step 3: Measure the fabric and sew a slipcover

After attaching the foam, I upholstered a cotton duck fabric from front to back with heavy duty staples and a hand staple gun.

I found an upholstery grade fabric I loved at Hancock Fabrics for the slipcover and got a few yards of it plus some cotton cording so I could give dimension to the seams. I cut three pieces…2 narrow side pieces and one long, wide piece of fabric to cover the front, top, and back of the headboard. I wrapped fabric over the cotton cording and sewed it to the edge of the long, wide piece of fabric. Then I machine stitched the side pieces and sewed a 3/4 inch hem around the bottom to it would slip over the headboard like a dress.

My finished DIY headboard is exactly what I wanted and had been a very useful and cute addition to my bedroom. It also cost me about a third of what it would have to buy a new headboard as nice in the store!