This starry-night headboard will provide a warm glow in your child's room. Have the kids help you make and design the headboard. They can create the shapes, help wrap the lights and add self-adhesive stars.
Cut the piece of plywood to the size of the bed. The lumberyard or retailer where you buy it will often cut it to your exact dimensions.
Paint the plywood the color of your choice. We used rich blue paint to represent a nighttime sky. Let the first coat dry completely and then apply a second coat if necessary.
Place template on the wood and insert screws around template. Keep the entire pattern on the top half of the board, leaving room at bottom for pillow to rest against.
Insert the screws halfway through the plywood; make sure they do not poke through the back. If you have a hard time not going all the way through the wood. Wrap a little piece of masking tape around each screw at the point where you want the drill to stop. It will prevent you from drilling too far into the wood.
String the lights through hole leaving the plug in the backside of the plywood.
Place foam floor protector pads (normally used for chairs) on the back of the board to keep it slightly off the wall, allowing the plug to come out the back.
Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.