How to make a fairy light headboard
You will need...
A piece of MDF 3ft sq
- Fairy lights
- Tape measure
- Straight edge
- 5 3ft lengths of 2x1 baton
- Angle brackets
- Sand paper
- Paint brushes
Follow this step by step guide and you'll have created a stunning feature head board in no time!
Step 1: Mark your headboard
Using a tape measure, mark every 10cm across one edge of your headboard. Do this across the length of the board and join up the dots with a pencil and a straight edge. Repeat the process the other way. This will create a grid for you to work to so make sure you are accurate!
Step 2: Drill the holes
Using a drill with a wood bit the exact size of your fairy lights, drill a hole precisely where each of your lines cross. Do not forget to protect the work surface below the board using a scrap of wood.
Step 3: Make the wooden return
Make a U shaped frame from the baton and after making pilot holes, screw them together. Attach the frame to the headboard using angle brackets screwed in at the back.
Step 4: Attach the legs
The legs should be the height of the matress on the bed 25in or 65cm. However, bed heights do vary so check the measurement before you start. To attach them to the headboard, first drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting and then drill in your screws. Be careful they do not go through the front of the headboard.
Step 5: Paint the headboard
Acrylic or water based egg shell is the best paint for the final colour as it has a tough finish, is easy to apply, dries quickly and is almost odour free. Use a mini roller and ensure you do not clog up your drill holes. Finally, carefully push a fairy light through each of the holes. Make sure you read the safety advice on the instructions.