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How To Make A Tufted Headboard



I have been wanting to make a tufted headboard for so long! I have studied a million different ways  to do it and after brain storming for the last few months,  I decided I was ready to give it a try.

Supplies needed:

1/2-1 inch plywood
1/8-1/4 inch drill bit and drill
2 large sheets of 16 oz. batting
Staple gun
Fabric Buttons Covers
Upholstery Thread
Doll Needle or a long needle of some kind (at least 2″ long)

Here is how I made it – please forgive me for the lack of pictures:

1.  Cut your plywood to the size that you want.  I made this headboard for a king size bed.  The width of a standard king size bed is 76″.  I made my board 82″ W x 48″H.  Be aware that a California king size bed is wider than a standard.

2.  Figure out where you want your buttons to go and drill holes.  I used a 1/4″ drill bit.   I drew a grid on my plywood and where the top lines and the bottom lines intersected is where I drilled my holes for the buttons.

3.  Cover the board with (2) pieces of 16oz batting.

  • Lay the batting out on the floor one layer at a time making sure it is smooth before adding the next layer of batting.
  • Place your headboard on top of your 2 layers of batting.
  • Cut the batting about 5-6″ from the edge of the board.
  • Pulling the batting tight, staple the batting (keeping your staples about 1/2″ apart) 2-3″ from the edge of the board (on the backside).
  • Cut the access batting as close to your staples as possible.

**I use the Surebonder 9600A Heavy Duty Staple Gun hooked up to our compressor and it is amazing!  I purchased mine on Amazon for $25.

4.  Iron your fabric and lay the headboard on top of the fabric.  Cut the fabric about 6″ from the edge of the board.

5.  Pulling your fabric tight, staple the fabric, pulling it over the batting so that it’s covered.  If you choose not to have a clean edge (folding your fabric down before you staple) trim the access fabric.  You don’t want fabric bunching up on the back of your headboard because it won’t lay flush against the wall.

6.    Cover your buttons with fabric.

**I used Dritz Home Button Covers that you cover yourself.  They were so easy to do and looked very professional.  I purchased them at Joanne’s Fabric.


7.  Using upholstery thread and a long needle (I used a doll needle) –

  • Thread the upholstery thread through the needle, pull the thread down to meet the tail and tie a knot (you want the thread to be doubled).  Push your needle through the 1st drilled hole on the back of the headboard.  Hold onto about 6 inches of the thread and staple it to the back of the headboard close to your drilled hole.    Thread the needle through the loop on the back of the button and push the needle back through the front of the headboard (where you just pulled the needle through – guessing where your drilled hole is).   Pull the thread really tight and staple it to the back of the headboard close to your drilled hole.  Now you should have 2 (doubled threads) stapled separately.  Do this with all of the buttons.

6.  I attached 2 Heavy Duty Single Hole D Rings to each side of the back of the headboard (top corners) and I used 2 Hillman Group No Stud Picture Hanging Hook (up to 200lbs)

Yes, I realize this is over-kill but I wanted to make sure that the headboard didn’t fall down!!!!

Once I figured out where my buttons were going to go (this took me forever because there was some math involved…ugh), it literally took me less than an hour to make this headboard.  Cost for supplies came to less than $95!  Try to buy a king sized headboard for that price!

Next post will be the reveal of Tracie’s room.


 Catch a Glimpse Button


Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue and Pure White Dresser and Nightstands

 I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

We celebrated with our grandson’s on the 3rd and headed to Santa Barbara for the weekend.  We needed to escape the heat, and I was missing my little one (my youngest adult child…. who will always be my “little one”) who is living in Santa Barbara now and will begin school there in August.

It was a beautiful weekend – just what we needed!  The 75 degree weather was heaven, even if it was overcast every morning.  I loved every minute of it.  Lots of people though! Holy Cow! Have to say I have never seen the beach that crowded.

I’m back home and wanting to do some show and tell.
I know I haven’t been posting much lately,
but I HAVE been very busy finishing up projects.

Tracie’s birthday was in May and I wanted to do something special for her… so I decided to decorate her room.  She loves the cottage-y/beach-y feel and I wanted her room to be a place that she could escape to and pretend she was in a cottage or a beach house away from four boys! Okay, five, including her hubby!

I picked up an old dresser and 2 night stands for $80 at a local thrift store.  I knew it was perfect for my project.  Big and solid.  Here it is finished.


Notice the missing knob?
Yup, wrong knob in the wrong cubbyhole at Orchard Hardware Supply. Ugh.
When this picture was taken, we were loading up the truck to take it to Tracie’s.
Had to make a pit stop at OSH to get the right crystal knob.


The dresser was yellow before I started.  I had been debating on what 3rd color I was going to use in her room.  It was an easy decision when I started sanding and the yellow popped through.


Here you can see how my colors were layered.  My first coat (no priming) was Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.  I coated it twice right over the lovely original yellow.  Next, I painted Annie Sloan’s Pure White right over the Duck Egg Blue in the areas that I wanted white.  I let it dry for a day or two, and then I sanded the heck out of it until the Duck Egg Blue started showing through.



Next, I tackled the nightstands and decided to do the opposite colors of the dresser.  I painted the whole night stand Annie Sloan’s Pure White, letting it dry for a day and then I trimmed it out (painting right over the Pure White) with the Duck Egg Blue and sanded it.

I knew that I needed to protect it with something (remember 5 boys live in her house) so I coated everything FIRST with Annie Sloan’s Floor Sealer.  I need to caution you…. it has a yellow tint to it! If you mix blue and yellow…. you get green!  Ugh.  I was sick about it.  So, I sanded everything again and repainted the white and sanded again.  This time around, I used my favorite Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in clear satin.  It never disappoints!  I applied three coats in between drying time.  It was boy proof :-).


I kept the original hardware and spray painted it with Rust-Oleum’s Specialty Silver Metallic Paint.  After letting the silver dry, I then spray painted a clear coat of Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish on them.

I’m excited to show you how Tracie’s room turned out…

but first I have to post the headboard I made, which I will post this week!

By Stephanie Lynn

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom



Fourth Of July Desserts

Is summer over YET???


It is so hot here in Fresno – 109 degrees today.

M – I – S – E – R – A – B – L – E

The weather says “Excessive Heat Warning in California”.

We are supposed to hit 112 degrees tomorrow.

I’m thankful for our air conditioning and swimming pool
(can hardly wait to see the electric bill)

Okay, enough about the weather….

Any big plans for the 4th of July?

We plan on making homemade ice cream, swimming until dark, and lighting some fireworks.

My husband and I love having our grandchildren in town so we can carry-on
all of the traditions that we grew up with.

If you’re looking for some yummy desserts to celebrate the day,
here are a few you might want to try!

4th of July collage

1.  Project Queen – 4th of July Brownie Pops

2.  Bird On A Cake – Patriotic Ruffled Cake

3.  The Kitchen Magpie – Easy 4th of July Cake

4.  The Winthrop Chronicles – American Flag Pie

5.  The Sister’s Cafe – 4th of July Strawberries

6.  Good Housekeeping – Cupcake Flag

7.  Skinny Taste – Red, White and Blueberry Triffle

8.  Itsy Bitsy Foodies – Stars and Stripes Rice Krispies

9.  My Juice Cup – 4th of July Cake Pops

Happy 4th of July!!







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