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DIY White Woven Headboard

Transform dowels and vinyl flashing into a DIY headboard for any mattress size.

DIY White Woven Headboard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Stapler
  • 3/8-in staples
  • Electric drill
  • 1-1/2-in spade drill bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Handsaw and miter box
  • Straightedge
  • Utility knife
  • T-square
  • Clamps


  • 4 – 1 x 3 x 4 poplar boards, #1080
  • 1-1/2 x 48 poplar dowels, #43821 (See Project Diagram for number of dowels needed)
  • 10-in x 50-ft roll white vinyl flashing, #233813
  • Titebond wood glue, #86091
  • 1/2 pint Minwax polycrylic, clear satin, #290327
  • D-ring hangers, #264577

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Project Resources


Please refer to the Project Diagram for specific measurements for the king, queen, full, and twin headboard sizes.

Step 1

Cut four 1 x 3 boards to the length specific to your bed size (Project Diagram). Cut the five to nine 1-1/2-inch dowels needed to 32 inches long.

Step 2

DIY White Woven Headboard
DIY White Woven Headboard

On the faces of the two of the boards, make centered marks where shown (Project Diagram). Use a 1-1/2-inch spade bit to drill holes through the boards at the marks.

Step 3

Cut the dowels to length for your bed size.

Step 4

Glue and clamp together a drilled board and undrilled board. Repeat with the remaining two boards. Finish-sand rails when glue is dry.

Step 5

DIY White Woven Headboard

Cut 1-1/2-in dowels to length shown (Project Diagram) and finish-sand them. Place one rail at each end of the dowels. Glue the dowels into the holes in the rails. Square the frame and allow the glue to dry.

Step 6

Apply satin polycrylic per instructions on the can; let dry.

Step 7

DIY White Woven Headboard
DIY White Woven Headboard

Measure and cut three pieces of vinyl flashing to the lengths shown (Project Diagram) -- make sure the cuts are square. Cut each piece in half lengthwise, making six strips.

Step 8

Weave the strips through the dowels. Staple one end of each strip in place on the back side of one end dowel. Pull the other ends tight and staple them to the other end dowel. Trim the excess strip with a utility knife and straightedge.

Step 9

Attach D-ring hangers to the back of the top rail and hang the headboard on the wall.