How-to: Picture Frame Headboard

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Craft a Headboard from an Old Picture Frame

Craft a Headboard from an Old Picture Frame

HGTV Magazine: An upholstered headboard made using a 39-inch-by-50-inch frame from a local thrift store took Miss Dylan's bed to princess-like status. First, mother Mandi Gubler painted the frame white. Next, she wrapped a piece of plywood with batting, covered the front in fabric, and fit it into the frame. To get a tufted look, she stapled down the fabric in 14 places, then hot-glued a fabric-covered button over each staple. Check out HGTV Magazine for step-by-step instructions on this project.

Photo by: David A. Land

David A. Land

Materials Needed:

  • paint
  • paint brush
  • picture frame (39" x 59" works for twin bed)
  • 1/2-inch plywood (sized to fit inside frame)
  • batting
  • fabric
  • staple gun
  • hot glue
  • buttons

Step 1

Paint a 39-inch-by-50-inch frame and let dry.

Step 2

Wrap a ½-inch thick piece of plywood with batting and cover the front with fabric. Staple fabric taunt in back.

Step 3

Fit the plywood into the frame and mark spots for tufts, then staple each one and hot glue a button over each.

For the original step-by-step tutorial with pictures, visit

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