DIY Plywood Print Headboard

DIY Plywood Print Headboard @themerrythoughtI finally got around to painting my room and making a headboard to go with my new bed. Waking up in a clean, fresh space has been amazing. This headboard is super simple but it’s one of my favorite DIY’s. I took this picture up in the Adirondacks this fall and now I get to wake up and look at that gorgeous view every day. My next trip up there can’t come soon enough!

Blogger confessions: I was so excited to do this project that I went to Lowe’s to pick up the plywood (and a bunch of wood for other projects) and didn’t even think about how tiny my car is… I wheeled a huge cart a wood out to my car and stood and stared at my car for a few seconds and realized this probably wasn’t going to work. But, of course, I laid down seats, rolled down windows, opened the trunk and tried to find a way for everything to fit. Of course it was also the windiest day ever and at one point my plywood went flying across the parking lot. Then I sat in my car with huge pieces of plywood and boards hanging out of every door, and called back-up. Thankfully, I have like the sweetest cousin ever and she drove a van out to save me. I say it was totally worth the struggle and embarrassment in the end but passersby were definitely not impressed by me.
DIY Plywood Print Headboard @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Engineering Print
-Hot Glue Gun

How to make it:
Get your print done at Staples – I think mine was $5. Cut your plywood so that it is 5″ wider and taller than your print. I had them cut my plywood to size at Lowe’s so I wouldn’t have to do it at home – so make sure you know the measurements of your print before you pick up your plywood. Center your print on the plywood. Use your hot glue gun to trace a very thin line under each edge of your print. Now you can use ModPodge and a paint brush along the edges to seal the print in place. Let it dry and then you can screw it into the wall.
DIY Plywood Print Headboard @themerrythought DIY Plywood Print Headboard @themerrythoughtDIY Plywood Print Headboard @themerrythoughtWhat kind of picture would you choose to hang above your bed?

xo. Caitlin

  • JenniThursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    This is such a great idea and so very dreamy (pun intended)! How you come up with with these ingenious, unique and creative projects astounds me every time 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SharonThursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:59 pm

    I’m in love with this idea, too. I have some other beautiful pictures to use. I’m thinking of using this idea with my grandson’s bed in his room at my house. Maybe on the back of twin bed or re purposing a baby crib for a love seat or day bed.ReplyCancel

  • JanetFriday, January 30, 2015 - 6:30 am

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it. Happy Friday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TracySaturday, January 31, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    This is wonderful! Any chance you’re willing to share the photo? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, February 2, 2015 - 10:03 am

      Thank you! It depends on where and how it’s being used – feel free to email us.ReplyCancel

      • RobinWednesday, June 17, 2015 - 5:17 pm

        Hello! For some reason I wasn’t able to find how to email you on this site. I would also be interested in using this gorgeous photo! Just to frame and put on my wall if it is allowed and if you are willing to share. Please email me with your response! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • AnaTuesday, February 3, 2015 - 11:44 am

    Me encanta!!!! queda genial, yo hizo lo mismo pero con un vinilo decorative.ReplyCancel

  • PattiFriday, February 6, 2015 - 7:27 pm

    I love this! What a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • BetsySunday, May 17, 2015 - 10:37 pm

    When you went to get this printed, did you have any problems with copyright, or was this your photo? I’ve considered doing this on canvas, and am worried they won’t do it unless I can prove it’s my original photo.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, May 18, 2015 - 9:30 am

      This was a photo that I took so I didn’t have any problems getting it printed.ReplyCancel

  • tatyanaFriday, May 22, 2015 - 6:01 am

    Where can u get it printedReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, May 27, 2015 - 9:44 am

      I had mine printed at Staples.ReplyCancel

  • DestanySunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    What type of plywood did you use?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, June 1, 2015 - 4:09 pm

      I actually don’t remember exactly! It was just something I picked up at Lowe’s.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny KMonday, July 13, 2015 - 6:23 pm

    do you have anything covering the print to protect it? I worry that I’d rip or scratch it up by sitting upright against it, even with a pillow between us!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, July 13, 2015 - 9:49 pm

      I don’t have anything covering it, I just used the hot glue and then ModPodge to seal it. I’ve been using it for almost six months now with no rips! And I lean up against it while working on blog posts on my computer almost every night.ReplyCancel

      • Jenny K.Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:11 pm

        OH!! You mean you ModPodge the ENTIRE print and the wood to seal it together? I thought you meant you only ModPodged the corners, but now that I think about it, ModPodge would probably create a bit of protection for the whole print!ReplyCancel

        • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:56 pm

          I actually just use the ModPodge around the entire edge of the print to seal it once it is already in place with the hot glue. I don’t use ModPodge over entire print – although you definitely could!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFriday, July 24, 2015 - 2:45 am

    Hi there! Great idea. Quick question…what kind of bed frame do you have? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • KatieFriday, August 14, 2015 - 11:01 am

    Hi, I was wondering what size your print was. I’m trying to find the perfect size to get mine printed. It’s a picture I took from the very top of Multnomah Falls in Oregon. I can’t wait to make this headboard!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:27 am

      That sounds amazing! Mine is 30″x41″ I had it printed on the 36″x48″ option at Staples.ReplyCancel

  • kitblueSaturday, August 15, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    What an interesting idea. I’m not much of a photographer, although I certainly get some beauties from my brother. BUT … I have FABRIC and I quilt so I am thinking along those lines …
    It might take a while but I’ll send a photo if I get it done. Thanks for the ideaReplyCancel

  • SteveSaturday, October 31, 2015 - 9:09 am

    Hi I am keen to try this out but live in the UK and have never heard of modge podge, what can be used instead? ReplyCancel

  • FernandaFriday, March 18, 2016 - 1:42 pm


    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, March 23, 2016 - 1:56 pm

      Thank you! Unfortunately, we lost the original image with a harddrive crash last year.ReplyCancel

  • AlynnSaturday, December 3, 2016 - 4:07 pm

    Hi I am just wondering what size the print you chose is?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, December 6, 2016 - 11:14 am

      Mine was a 36″x48″.ReplyCancel

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