Step 1


Build Frame

Cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to the size of your headboard. Miter cut the 1x2s to fit across the top and two sides of the plywood. Screw or nail the 1x2s to the sides of the plywood. If you don’t have a saw, ask the hardware store to cut it for you.

Step 2


Paint Frame

Paint the plywood and trim. We did ours in white.

Step 3


Create Pattern

The initial pattern was created using colored construction paper. Then a photo of the pattern was taken and printed out on 4” x 4” cardstock.

Step 4


Lay Down Cardstock

Lay out the pattern to determine spacing in between each piece of cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the headboard using double-sided laminate flooring tape; it’s available at most hardware stores. This tape is very durable and will prevent the cards from moving or bending. Lay the tape on the plywood in evenly spaced rows.

Step 5



Working with double-sided tape makes the project easy. If you don’t get the placement perfect the first time, you can pick the cardstock back up and reposition it.

Step 6


Seal It

To protect your artwork and add a layer of shine, apply a coat of clear polyurethane. If one coat doesn’t cover it completely, apply a second coat.