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Project

Mantle Headboard

Materials

  • Mantle
  • Semi-gloss paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Batting
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Plywood
  • Linen fabric
  • Buttons
  • Fabric circles, optional
  • Pinking shears, optional
  • 20-gauge brass wire
  • Shanks
  • Mending brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • "L" brackets

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean the mantle with some semi-gloss paint. Let dry completely.

  2. Step 2

    Cover the board with batting. Cut the batting 4 inches larger all around than the plywood, then secure it to the board with a staple gun.

  3. Step 3

    Drill holes in the plywood for the decorative buttons.

  4. Step 4

    Take a piece of 1/2-inch plywood and cover it with fabric. Cut fabric 6 inches larger all around than the dimensions of the plywood. Center plywood, batting side down, over fabric, pull fabric around edges, and staple to back. Fold edges under before stapling.

  5. Step 5

    Add the buttons. We used both buttons and fabric circles, which we've cut with pinking shears from contrasting fabric 1 inch larger in diameter than the buttons; we've folded the circles in the middle and snipped a slit for our button shank to fit through. Insert an 8-inch length of 20-gauge brass wire back to front through each hole in the board. On fabric side of board, thread a button with a shank through the slit in the fabric circle. Bend wire and push it back through the hole so both ends of wire are on back of board. Place board facedown on work surface. To secure button to board, thread it through a plain button on the back of the board and knot the wire by pulling it tight, causing the fabric to form a rosette. Repeat for each tuft.

  6. Step 6

    Attach this to the mantle using 4 mending brackets, screwed into the back of the plywood on each of the four sides. The corresponding side gets screwed into the mantle.

  7. Step 7

    Attach this to the wall using "L" brackets.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

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Reviews (7)

  • JMA511 23 Jan, 2014

    It should be "mantel" throughout, not "mantle." A mantle is a cloak-like garment.

  • Carrie1103 25 Feb, 2010

    I click on the link and there are no directions. Where is this article? This is so disappointing.

  • Carrie1103 25 Feb, 2010

    I click on the link and there are no directions. Where is this article? This is so disappointing.

  • Carrie1103 25 Feb, 2010

    I click on the link and there are no directions. Where is this article? This is so disappointing.

  • Carrie1103 25 Feb, 2010

    I click on the link and there are no directions. Where is this article? This is so disappointing.

  • Alabaxter 20 Sep, 2008

    Any ideas where to get a mantle big enough for a king-sized bed?
    Make it ourselves??

  • MarilKat 18 Apr, 2008

    This is a great idea but the instructions are not clear. I would not be able to make this with these instructions.