How to Create a Fabric Covered Headboard

Build a fabric headboard of your own with the off-the shelf- materials found at a local home center. Increase the cozy factor of the bedroom by covering it in less than 3 yards of frabic of your choice with plush padding. Customization doesn’t have to mean pricey.  If you don’t feel like creating your own fabric pattern, browse the remnant bin at your local crafts store to piece together the perfect upholstered headboard.

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Materials (for a queen-size headboard):

  • Two 32-inch-wide hollow-core wood doors without hardware
  • Tape measure
  • Straightedge
  • Circular saw
  • Sawhorses or worktable
  • 1-1/2-inch wood screws
  • Two 1×64-inch furring strips
  • Cordless drill
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • 4 yards 1- to 2-inch-thick batting
  • 2-1/2 yards upholstery-weight fabric
  • Stapler and 3/8-inch-long staples
  • 18 feet 1-inch-wide wood trim
  • Finish nails
  • Nail set and wood filler
1. Measure desired height for your headboard on both doors. Our headboard is 66 inches tall. Mark cut lines.

2. Saw at cut lines to desired size.

3. Line up sawed-off doors, noting location of interior wood framing.

4. Drive six to eight screws through furring strips into wood framing along the bottom edges. Repeat along the headboard’s top edge to link the two pieces.

5. Cut fabric and batting 10-14 inches longer than the headboard’s width. Spray upper portion of the headboard with adhesive (lower portion of headboard will not be upholstered; your bed will hide the wood). Working with a partner, gently lay first layer of batting in place. Spray on more adhesive and lay on second layer of batting. Press into position. Lay fabric and straighten.

6. Working with a partner, smooth fabric and stretch tightly. Tack fabric and batting in a few spots on the back.

7. Flip over headboard and staple fabric and batting every 3 inches. At corners, remove excess batting. Fold fabric as if wrapping a package and staple in place.

8. Nail on a frame of decorative trim to top and two sides (bottom edge does not need trim). Countersink nails, fill with wood filler, and touch up with paint.

The Fall Leaves

One of the beauty of fall is the different kinds and colors of the fall foliage. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” It’s the most colorful time of the year! From the vibrant red and orange leaves of the Northeast to the bright yellow Aspens of Colorado. Our family visited my mother in law in Fresno last month and one of the encouraging sights are the maple leaves on the ground. I picked some of the fresh leaves and inserted them on my journal for future use i guess for my diy crafts. There are so many ways you can use the leaves and also make an art out of it. Just look at the example I bumped into my Pinterest. This is awesome!  ebf95b13b0ec0f91e38521780703b1f0 

how to create an art/collage journal

An Art Journal is basically a diary that chronicles the ideas, memories, and thoughts of an individual. Pages or collages within an art journal include words, pictures and even embellishments. You can start doing these quick collages in a daily basis. Art journals or collages are also called “morning pages” as described in The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Art collages is more visual version of your daily emotions, vision and aspirations.

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Allow yourself half an hour for the collage process, but sometimes go back several times throughout the day to add things until you are pleased with it. It all starts with the determination that, whether it’s good art or not, there will be a collage when you are finished!

Just work on the pages in a spiral-bound sketchbook, just as they are. You may paste 2 pages if needed to support heavily embellished collages here & there.Leave few pages for writing then allow two or three pages that are left blank for collage. That forces you to avoid having an all-text journal. In an average journal, you may save five to ten pages to use for painted, ornate or heavy collages.

Use any gesso that’s cheap, from the fine art supplies section of Michael’s or any art supply store. Gesso makes the paper stronger, so it doesn’t suck up the glue or paint so much, and it has “tooth” to grab whatever I apply to it. I buy cheap white gesso. Yes, you can buy it in colors, but if you start with white, you can add color to it (in small batches) with watercolors (including Dr. Ph. Martins), acrylics, even food coloring or unsweetened KoolAid if you like! You may use black gesso for art journal pages on which you’ll stamp text in white, or use a white gel pen.photo journal2-smaller

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