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  • Writer's pictureMegan Weller

DIY LED Headboard

Hey guys, it's Megan!

I recently began making over my bedroom for 2020. I got a little sidetracked recently, but we're getting there!

I started the makeover by re-doing the area around my bed.

Here's what it looked like before:

And here's the after!:

Almost everything in this photo is a DIY. If you're curious about any of the other projects, make sure to check out part 1 in my bedroom makeover series!

*Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through my link. See my disclosure for more information.*

My grey duvet cover/pillowcase in the first photo is from Beddy's. I kept that on the bed, along with my weighted blanket. I added a new black grid duvet cover from Amazon, and the grey fluffy pillow is from Walmart. I need to make/buy a few more throw pillows, but this works for now.

One of the coolest things I made was this LED headboard. I had most of the things I needed to make it at home, all I needed was a trip to the Dollar Store.

For this project you'll need:

*Foam Board (the number of pieces you need will depend on the length of your bed/size of your headboard. I needed 5 Dollar Tree foam boards for my twin xl bed. A large cardboard box would work too!)

Since my bed is up against the wall, I made my headboard in two parts. I wanted to make my bed more of a "daybed" style for when I have friends over.

I lined the foam boards up behind the bed, and marked where I needed to cut the third one.

Foam boards lined up to measure how much you'll need to make a DIY Headboard.

I used duct tape to hold everything together.

Duct Tape 3 pieces of foam board or cardboard together to form the base of the headboard.

Then I cut my quilt batting down to size, and attached it with my hot glue gun.

Attach quilt batting to the foam board using a hot glue gun or a staple gun.

If you have a staple gun, that would definitely be faster. Or even just a larger hot glue gun. This project used up quite a few glue sticks!

Once the batting is attached, add your fabric on top.

Cover the batting with a layer to fabric to complete the base of the headboard.

I attached my fabric the same way as the batting, using hot glue to tack the edges to the back of the foam board.

I used white fleece that was left over from a previous project, but you can use any type of fabric you'd like.

My fabric wasn't quite long enough, so there's a random seam toward the top of the headboard. Thankfully, it's barely noticeable behind my pillows!

Now that the headboard is together, we can attach it to the wall.

I like using Command Strips for easy installation.

If you have trouble getting the Command Strips to stick to the fabric, use a bit of hot glue.

Use hot glue to get Command Hooks to stick to fabric!

Just peel off the back of the strips, and the base of your headboard is ready to go!

You could stop here, or you could stick LED strips to the back like I did.

I love how LED lights look when they're on, but they look kind of tacky when they're off.

Hiding them behind my headboard was the perfect solution!

Placing self adhesive LED lights on the back of a homemade headboard.

My LED lights were 16.4 feet. That ended up being just enough for my Twin XL sized bed. Supposedly you can cut these, but I just tucked the extra few inches underneath the headboard.

Here's what the headboard looks like when it's on:

I love being able to change the colors of the lights. My favorites are the blue and the purple (of course 😉)

You can also sync these lights to music. I haven't tried that yet, but I'll update you when I do!

Since I already had everything but the foam board and batting, this project cost me about $13.

If you need to buy everything new, the cost will depend on the price of your fabric. Places like Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby always have 40% off coupons, so make sure to take advantage of that!

If I had to guess, I'd estimate that these supplies new would have cost around $35 total. Still not too bad!

For more DIY Room Decor, make sure to check out this playlist!

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