A Quick and Easy Headboard – The Perfect Weekend Project!

This is from a post I did back when I was blogging at  But I wanted to share it with you here since most of you probably missed it and since I feel that it is such a simple project that most of you can do TODAY if you really wanted to.  It’s a really simple weekend project.  Hit up a tag sale, or stop by a thrift store and see what you can find.  

This isn’t my first headboard. I’ve stripped and stained one. I redid my in-laws 80-Something peach fabric covered one and changed it’s look. And this one was for my guest room/craft room/man cave/office.  Even though this room probably didn’t need a headboard because of it’s function, I just couldn’t stand looking at the bare wall.  

plane wall

My mother in-law had redone her bathrooms and brought me this beautiful chenille green fabric that she was using as a shower curtain.  When she brought it over, I thought, “What am I going to do with this?” And I almost gave it away.  But she knew me, and knew just what I do, so she brought it my way, and I put it away until this headboard idea came about.  I realized it was a perfect fit and it found a good home! So, I began browsing the internet to find out how I could make one without ply wood and a saw. I found the idea of using a painter’s canvas from A Soft Place. I had a painter’s canvas already from another project that I hadn’t started yet, but it was just too short for the bed.

While on my way to Michael’s to get something for another project, instead of going straight through the traffic light, I went left, and found myself at the Salvation Army! Sign outside read “HUGE SALE TODAY!” Hello?  3 O’clock in the afternoon, with two kids in tow, I found myself rummaging at the thrift store. Which by the way, I love to do, so it wasn’t torture by any means! I asked the clerk while I browsed around, “When you say, “Huge Sale” what does that mean?” “Everything in the store is half off today,” the nice clerk replied! “What? It’s my lucky day, and I’ve hit the jackpot,” I thought.

In the way back of the store in the furniture section leaning up against the wall, sat a terribly outdated painted canvas, perfect size, and half off! $15. Sold!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

A painter’s canvas



Staple Gun

D Rings 



A hammer and a screwdriver

This is where I found great instructions on how to make it:  A Soft Place.  I suggest following her instructions since she did such a great job at explaining it.  It was really simple, it was just nice to get a visual from someone else on exactly what to do.  

To hang the headboard, you will need to measure where you want the top of the canvas to be, then measure down from there and that’s where you’ll place the D-Rings.  But you’ll need to make sure that there is wood in that spot on the canvas.   If this doesn’t work, you could always add a zigzag frame hook at the top of the frame on each side and hang it from there.  


I wanted to tuft the headboard but the buttons wouldn’t take the chenille fabric because it was too thick.  I could use larger buttons, but it’s good enough for me!

The cost of this headboard about $40.   A bed with a headboard – priceless!

Keep in mind, if you’re not the crafty type, but like to save a dollar, like we do, then Dawn and I can help you by bringing these creative ideas right into your home!  

Have a happy weekend!



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