17 July 2016

DIY: City Skyline Headboard

I recently bought the Tarva pine bed from IKEA. It's such a great bed but the headboard is pretty uninspiring. This plywood headboard is the perfect solution!





 MATERIALS
  • Plywood Sheet in a width and height to suit your bed (marine plywood is nice and strong) 
  • Newspaper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Blu-tack
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper



STEP ONE:

Brainstorm and cut out different building silhouettes from newspaper. Play around with different shapes and sizes and think about whether you want modern skyscrapers or more historic shapes.


STEP TWO:

Lay the newspaper cutouts in different sequences on the plywood until you find the skyline you like best. I had some help from my puppy Norman :P


STEP THREE:

Blu-tack the shapes to the plywood and trace the outlines of your buildings. I measured the outlines using a large clear quilting ruler so the skyline would be as even and precise as possible. 


STEP FOUR:

Clamp your plywood securely to a surface.

STEP FIVE:

Cut along the skyline you've drawn using the jigsaw. The smaller the blade the better, particularly if you have an intricate skyline. You can find some pretty good instructions and tips for using a jigsaw here and here


STEP SIX:

Sandpaper the cut edges to smooth them out. 

STEP SEVEN:

The headboard is now ready to be fixed to your bed! I love the interesting shapes of historic buildings I traced out but would definitely like to try another headboard with more modern building shapes sometime in the future.  

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