Make your own diamond tufted headboard

Ideas Magazine asked me to make this headboard for their gorgeous July/August issue, and when you get the chance to make something beautiful, you have to grab the opportunity! This is not my first headboard, and it’s certainly not my last! I love headboards. Aside from providing a beautiful focal point in your room, they are super practical – especially if you like reading in bed. This one looks fantastic and costs much less than the store-bought version. And don’t be afraid to tackle this project – it is surprisingly easy to make!

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Here’s how to make your very own diamond tufted headboard!

To make a ¾ bed headboard, you will need:

  • Wooden base for the headboard – we used 1mx1mx19mm strand board
  • 5m fabric (we used charcoal linen)
  • 1m batting
  • 18x 22m coverable buttons
  • Thick thread (we used crochet thread)
  • Mattress needle
  • Staple gun & staples
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1mx1mx75mm thick foam
  • 1x Pine PAR 22x44mm x 2.4m batten, cut into 2x 1.2m lengths
  • 4x 3mmx32mm chipboard screws
  • 1m cotton lining

You will also need:

  • Headboard Template
  • Carpenter’s Pencil
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • 22mm hole saw drill bit
  • Electric Carving Knife
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring Tape
  • Straight Edge


chipboard and jigsaw

Use the template to cut the curve at the top of the wooden base. Then give the edges a quick sanding to make sure that there aren’t any rough areas.



foam and grid

Draw a grid of 10x20cm on both the foam and the wooden base. Then carefully mark the position of the buttons using the marker.



drill and foam

Use the hole saw drill bit to cut the holes into the foam only. Place a piece of sacrificial wood underneath to protect your work surface!



chipboard, foam and spray glue

Fix the foam to the wooden base using the spray adhesive. Ensure that everything is perfectly straight and allow to dry.



chipboard foam saw

Using the curved edge of the wooden base as a guide, cut the foam to the same shape with the electric carving knife.



foam drill

Placing the 3mm drill in the middle of each foam hole, drill a hole through the wooden base. This is where each button will be threaded through.



headboard back

Cover the foam with the batting, securing it at the back with the staple gun. Then cut away any excess batting afterwards.



foam scissors

Cut a small cross into the batting where it covers each foam hole. You should be able to easily see the small hole in the wood once you’ve done this.



fabric batting

Lay the fabric over the batting, making sure that the centre of the fabric is in the centre of the headboard.


STEP 10:

covering buttons

Cover the buttons with fabric and attach a 40cm piece of thread to each button. Make a double knot at the back to make sure that they’re secure. A 2-litre milk bottle cap makes the perfect fabric template for a 22mm button!


STEP 11:

headboard buttons

Using the mattress needle, thread the buttons through the fabric, batting, foam and wood. It is easiest to do this if you place the headboard upright on the floor so that you can catch the needle at the back.


STEP 12:

staple gun screw driver

Wind the thread at the back around a screwdriver and pull until you’re happy with the depth of the button on the front of the headboard. Then use the staple gun to secure the thread by stapling it to the wood in a zig-zag pattern.


STEP 13:

pleat pinch

Tuck the pleats between the buttons as you go, making sure that they’re all facing in the same direction. Once all the buttons are in place, use the staple gun to secure the edges of the fabric at the back.


STEP 14:

headboard legs

Measure the height of the bed and secure the legs to the back of the headboard accordingly. Ideally, the lower edge of the upholstery should sit just above the top of the mattress.


STEP 15:

headboard backing

Staple the cotton lining to the back to finish off your headboard, tucking in the edges.

I hope you love your headboard as much as I love mine!

DIY with DREMEL: Headboard make-over

Finally, I have a power tool of my own thanks to the lovely people from DREMEL! It was a very empowering experience that built my DIY self-confidence to an all-time high. Tools can be so intimidating but this little wonder is super easy to use and a pleasure to work with.

Armed with my DREMEL 4200 and plunge router attachment I took on this tired headboard and transformed it into a fun furniture piece complete with distressed finish and lettering.

My cat loves it and has since been taking her afternoon naps in the spare bedroom for guaranteed sweet dreams.

Let me take you through it step by step.


The story behind the story … so this headboard was my very first! I found it again while treasure hunting in my Dad’s garage and just fell in love with its shape. It was time for a bit of TLC to bring it back from the disco era.


I present the DREMEL 4200 multitool system. I love the EZ Change function that makes changing between bits easy as pie.


I measured the area I wanted my ‘sweet dreams’ in and drew the letters freehand for a more personal touch.



Using the handy plunge router attachment I got my letters to be the same depth. The DREMEL 4200 screws into the attachment with ease.



I gave the headboard a quick wipe down and then painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Paris Grey. It’s important to have two colours to get the desired effect. Luckily my headboard had a coat of white already so, therefore, I only needed a grey top coat.

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Using the circular sanding bit I sanded down the edges of the headboard to emphasize its beautiful shape. It exposes the wood and the white layer that gives it a lovely worn in look.



Because I love the grey and yellow colour combination I filled in the routered letters with yellow paint to give it a bit of a pop.


All done!

I added a chalkboard above the headboard to play with the vertical lines in the room and wrote in it in the same style font so that the two echo’s each other.


 EXTRA EXTRA! Gift idea

Saturday was my sisters birthday so I decided to make her a set of wooden placemats from reclaimed palette wood and personalized it with routering the names of everyone in her family on it. Happy birthday Lisa!


Now you can win the DREMEL 4200 by entering our competition!

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Happy styling,

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