Make This Headboard For Less Than $60!

Make This Headboard For Less Than $60!

Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 30, 2009

This handwoven headboard is on sale right now at West Elm, but we think you could make it for less than $60 and an afternoons worth of time. Curious? Click through the jump for diagrams and step by step directions!

Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • A sheet of plywood or mdf.
  • A Z Clip or scissor clip. These can be found at Lowes and are the easy way to install large objects like this. Although with this piece, there's no reason why you can't just anchor it to the wall with a few bolts. We pick our clips up at Lowes in the hardware section.
  • Rope, jute, twine, whatever material you might have available to you. Check craft stores, hardware stores and lumber yards. Materials such as these are usually cheapest when sold by the foot, so check out the spools of it before hitting the prepackaged stuff. You will need roughly 100 feet, but that number can be altered depending on the size of your board and the thickness of the rope. Don't be afraid to play it by ear!
  • Staples and staple gun.
  • Router or hand held jigsaw.
  • Drill and drill bit (large enough to allow the router/jig saw access.

    This is basic diagram for the headboard, starting with a sheet of plywood or mdf.

    We would love to give you exact measurements on this, but without knowing what material you will be wrapping/weaving, then we can give you the basics, but you'll have to do a little measuring on your end.

    Step 1 - Cut in the sides by the depth of your rope. This will allow your rope to lay flat and not slide when woven. If you don't want to bother with this step, it isn't the end of the world, but your final product won't be 100% flat across the edges. If that doesn't bother you, think of it as saving yourself 15 minutes!

    Step 2 - Using a yard stick as a straight edge create the dotted lines as shown above on your board. First draw a line running horizontally across the middle of the board. Next, mark a dot on the horizontal line, 2 ft in from each side. Then using your yard stick, make a straight line running from each corner to the dot on the corresponding side. (The left hand corners will run to the left dot, exc)

    Step 3 - Drill a pilot hole in two places on the horizontal line to allow the saw or router to be inserted. You may make additional holes as needed.

    Step 4 - Cut it out. Please wear eye protection and make sure your fingers are out of the way! The width of your cuts will be dependent upon the size of your rope. Thicker rope will require a fatter hole while thinner jute will require something small.

    Step 5 - Cut your twine/rope/jute into 8 sections. Staple as indicated on the graphic above.

    Step 6 - You will do one wrap for each piece of twine/jute/rope working in a clockwise manner. Starting in the upper left, wrap the first rope you come to once, and then move to the next one in line. Working in this manner will create the twine to "weave or braid" into itself as you work around. If you were to do all of one rope first, it would look fine, just different than the picture above. If your rope runs short, simply staple it off on the backside and continue on with your next wrap and a new piece.

    Step 7 - Attach your Z clip to the back or bolt to the wall. It's as easy as that!

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