Decorative Headboard
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Decorative Headboard

Your child will have the cutest, brightest and cheeriest bedroom around with this adorable headboard.
Designed by Dondi Richardson
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Styrofoam™ Brand Foam: 1-inch x 12-inch x 36-inch Sheets (3), 4-inch Balls (2)
  • Foam Cutter or Serrated Knife
  • Craft Batting
  • PVC Pipe, or Large Cardboard Tubes: 3-inch x 36-inch (2)
  • Fabric, 1¼-yards (or enough to cover headboard)
  • Fabric, ¾-yard (to cover PVC pipes)
  • Cording, 16-yards (for finials)
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Black Marker
  • Hook and Loop Tape, adhesive back

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Glue the three sheets of Styrofoam™ together, side-by-side to create a 36-inch x 36-inch square for the headboard. Create any shape or decorative design for the top of the headboard. Use a black marker to draw the desired shape and cut out with a foam cutter or serrated knife. Use a scrap piece of Styrofoam™ sheet to sand the cut edge smooth.

Step: 2

Glue craft batting to cover the front, top and bottom of the headboard. Leave the sides bare to attach the PVC pipe “posts.”

Step: 3

Cover the batting-covered headboard with fabric: front, top, and bottom. Be sure to glue the fabric securely on the sides of the headboard so that the posts will have a secure bond when they are attached.

Step: 4

Glue fabric to cover the posts; be sure to glue the fabric securely at the seam to the post. Glue the posts to the sides of the headboard with the bottom of the posts level with the bottom of the headboard. Apply pressure until completely dry.

Step: 5

Cut a small flat spot from each of the 4-inch balls (this is where the ball will attach to the post). Glue one end of the cording to the bottom edge of the ball, leaving the cut bottom bare. Spot glue as you go and begin wrapping the ball with the cording. Try not to use too much glue as it will squeeze through the rows of cording and look messy. Once both finials are finished, glue to the tops of the posts.

Step: 6

The headboard can be hung on the wall, with the bottom of the headboard level with the top of the mattress. Use adhesive backed hook and loop tape to attach to the wall. Use the glue gun to attach the hook and loop tape to the back of the headboard as the adhesive may pull away from the Styrofoam™.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.