This Baby Blanket Upolstered Headboard is the perfect way to recycle those super soft baby blankets into a fun décor project in a toddler’s room. You can keep the baby blanket out on display and provide a super soft headboard on your toddler’s grown up bed.
Baby Blankets are such a wonderful and cozy reminder of a time gone by. Many people often receive these baby blankets as gifts for their newborn. So, try making this simple baby blanket headboard and keeping those baby blankets useful for as long as possible.
Making a Baby Blanket upholstered headboard is an easy weekend project you can make all by your self to fit any sized bed.
Use your child’s favorite Baby Blanket to make this simple upholstered headboard.
You can complete this Baby Blanket project in one day, for less than $40.
To Make an Upholstered Baby Blanket Head Board You Will Need:
MDF (1 or 3 Pieces, sizes described below)
Baby Blanket (s)
Flat L brackets
The first step is to cut your MDF to size. I recommend letting the professionals at the home improvement store make these cuts for you. They only charge 25 cents a cut!
My measurements are merely recommendations for a Baby Blanket bed headboard. You can easily change the dimensions of this headboard for a twin, full, or king-sized bed based on the size of your bed.
Cut three separate pieces of MDF to these specific measurements:
Tip: If your baby blanket is large enough you can cut one piece of MDF and cover the entire headboard with one blanket.
Measure how wide your bed is.
Now, have the MDF cut to the largest square possible to match the width of your toddler’s bed. You can always make it larger if your want though! The look is in threes, so three across is what we are going for.
You need at least three of these, but you can make it as wide or as tall as you want.
Now, cut a piece of foam to fit each of the three or more pieces of MDF exactly. You can buy sheets of foam at any fabric store. To save time you can as them to cut it. You can also easily cut it at home using an electric knife.
Lay your pieces of MDF outside on a flat work surface. Spray each piece lightly with a strong adhesive spray. Lay the corresponding foam piece on the MDF and press it into place. The spray adhesive with hold it in place so it does not ever move.
Now, cut your Baby Blanket out to squares that are about three inches wider and taller than your MDF squares.
Lay the Baby blanket square face down on a clean flat work surface. You want the pattern you want to see laying down on the table.
Lay the corresponding piece of MDF and foam down on the back of the Baby blanket Square. The foam should be touching the back of the Baby blanket square.
Start in the middle of each side. Pull the Baby blanket up and over the back of the MDF. Use a staple gun to attach it in place. If you are worried about damaging the Baby blankets you can use upholstery tacks.
Do the middle of each of the four sides first. Pull the Baby blankets in taunt each time. Evenly work your way out from the center staples. Do the four corners last? To make them neat practice folding them over like you is wrapping a package. Once you have the right look staple the corner fabric into place.
Repeat this process on all of the pieces of the Baby blankets headboard.
Now, once all of your Baby blanket pieces are covered you need to lay them face down on a clean work surface. Place three in a row or however many you need to be as wide as your specific bed. Line the squares up at the bottom of the headboard. This line should be straight, causing a straight line at the top of the Baby blankets headboard.
Use a metal flat bracket to attach each piece of the Baby headboard together. Place one at the top and one at the bottom of every piece of the headboard. The left hole of the bracket should be on the left piece and the right hole of the bracket should be on the right piece. You can find these flat brackets where the L brackets are in the hardware store. Make a mark where each hole falls with a pencil. Pre drill the hole about ½ inch in. Lay the brackets back in place and screw them into place.
Screw in picture hanging hooks onto the left and right sides of the back of the upholstered Baby headboard. If you are making this exceptionally large, bigger than the recommended dimensions here, use heavy weight picture hanging hooks. The hooks should be installed about four inches in from the left and right side of the headboard. They should be about 2 inches down from the top of this piece.
Install you screws into the wall and hang your upholstered Baby blankets headboard.