2. I love World Market's Cute-as-a-Button furniture line. And I have been pining for this headboard for a while now. World Market's furniture is much more cost friendly than other furniture stores so I did give in to purchase their chairs-
However, I opted to try to make my own Cute-as-a-Button headboard! What you need for this project is as follows:
-Various screws, washers, and nuts
-3 1X6 Boards
-Staple gun and staples
I got my plywood free from an order we got from lowe's and we got out Foam from foambymail.com. It's nice because you can order foam for upholstering at the exact measurements you need. However a cheaper alternative I saw someone else use was to put two foam egg crate mattresses together.
1st make your buttons. I bought my button cover kits at the thrift store for 25 cents each (woot woot!) as well as my scrap material I used. The package clearly lays out how to make the buttons, but in case you don't have any, here they are.
Next, lay out your buttons on your plywood to determine how big you want your rows to be and how much you want them to be spaced apart. Once you get them laid out measure out their placement evenly and mark with a permanent marker on the board.
(Sorry for the grainy pictures) Drill holes on your markings.
Lay your plywood on top of your foam and mark through the holes.
Use scissors to cut holes where you marked your holes. I didn't do well at photographing this step, because my original plan fell through. I will guide you to another blog that had a great tutorial for this step - http://www.homemadebycarmona.com/make-diamond-tufted-headboard/ I will tell you I had every intention of giving tufting a try, but I totally failed at this, for one, I didn't account for the extra inches the foam added that I should've added to my upholstery material measurements. The tufting also accounts for more of the material due to the folding. Due to my mistake all I could really do was to pull my buttons tight. Also make sure you have a thicker string than I did. When I tried to do the knot in the front like the above tutorial shows my strings broke so I ended up doing a really interesting technique I like to call glueing and taping. hah.
When pulling my strings tight I held them down with gorilla tape and used this E6000 glue in the holes. To my surprise it worked really well! Too well actually. Some of the buttons weren't pulled tight enough to my liking and dang that glue is like cement!
Next I began stapling the upholstery fabric to the plywood. However, again this is where my measuring failed me again. My first try ended up like this-
The sides looked pretty jacked up. Now if you have plenty of fabric, you won't have this problem like I did. My solution was to make it into a pattern.
So I measured out and stapled only couple of inches and in the empty spaces I used the E6000 glue again to hopefully reinforce the staples. I'm so innovative.
This ended up creating this-
Again, not what I would've chosen, but it ain't too bad :)
Next finish your stapling.
Now you are ready to mount your headboard. For this part I used the guidance of my local hardware store employee. I have no idea what any of this hardware is called, but I will show pictures. I mean, am I not the best DIY instruction giver or what?
This is what you are going for-
These were used to attach two of the 1X6's to the headboard (Now it goes without saying to measure and saw your boards according to the height you need it and the length of your bed frame, right? Okay, I thought so). The little worm looking things on the right are first screwed into a pre-drilled hole on the plywood and then the screws are screwed in. They seem to be holding up well, but they were difficult to work with, I thought. You may try something that may work better for you.
Next screw together your board that will attach to the bed frame to the two boards attached to the headboard.
Next position your boards to match up with your bed frame and use these-
Now all you need to do is put your mattresses back onto your bed and their you have it! Easy, right? Okay, this wasn't an easy project. And there were obviously some hiccups along the way, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.
See? It's not too bad! Some day I mean get the gumption to redo the boards and lower it a little, but I still really like it and with hardware, foam, and material it cost me about $70! That's just how much the shipping was on the other one!
If you have any further questions about my creative process (hehe) please ask!