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How to Make a Forest-Inspired Headboard for a Girl's Bedroom

See how we used twigs, ribbon and craft birds to make an "enchanted forest" headboard for a girl's bedroom.

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Courtesy of Susan Teare

For this project, an old thrift store headboard was painted white. We then gathered fallen birch branches and also painted them white. The branches were then attached to the headboard and filled with pretty birds and ribbons.

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Materials and Tools

screwdriver (or drill optional)
branch clippers
hand saw or chop saw
paintbrush and white paint
recycled flat headboard and frame
(4) two-hole 1" metal straps — (EMT #41922 at Lowe's) use 3/4" if thin branches
(8) screws (if not in package with straps)
large branches (from tree that is already down)
birds (craft store — have clips on them)
tacky spray
glitter — clear and silver

Prep the Headboard for Paint

Sand and paint the headboard and its frame white. Apply two coats if necessary.

Lay Out the Design and Paint the Branches

Lay out the branches on the headboard until you have the right layout and size, then trim and cut the branches where necessary. Paint the branches white. Apply two coats on all sides. When branches are dry, coat them with a tacky spray and sprinkle on glitter.

Attach Branches to the Headboard

Place branches on the headboard and attach them with the metal straps — use a smaller strap if branches are thin. Screw metal straps down. Add extra strapping if branches are unstable.

Add the Birds and Decorate

Put the headboard in place, then embellish with decorations such as birds and ribbons.

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.