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How to Make a Headboard Out of Old T-Shirts (page 2 of 2)

Kids often have a hard time parting with their favorite T-shirts even after they've outgrown them. Use their old T-shirts, sport jerseys or old blankets to create a collage of color over their bed.

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Cut the T-Shirts

Cut the T-shirts a little bit bigger than the batting squares. Wrap each T-shirt around one of the squares and use hot glue to adhere it onto the back of the square.

Lay Out the Squares

Position the T-shirt squares onto the large piece of luan. Check the size to see if you need to cut some off, but remember to leave enough space on the edges for the trim.

Fasten Trim Onto Plywood

Attach the trim to the luan panel using wood glue and small nails. Weigh down the trim and let set up for 24 hours if necessary.

Attach the T-Shirts

Add one side of the hook-and-loop strip to the back of each T-shirt square, then attach the other side of the hook-and-loop strip onto the luan panel. Push them all into place.

Cover the Bottom

Add an extra T-shirt below the squares to cover bottom of luan panel.

Attach Panel to the Wall

Attach the T-shirt panel to wall by finding the studs and putting the T-shirt squares over the screws.

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

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