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Fairy Light Headboard Alternative

Nowadays there are so many different ways to brighten up a room, both literally and figuratively. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with lights in general and for this project, I feel like it made the whole feel of the room so much cozier and welcoming. My good friend Jen let me take over her younger daughter's nursery/room (she's 18 months) to do this easy headboard alternative project and I'm so happy with how it turned out!
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $58 Difficulty: Easy
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BEFORE: Little Leah didn't have much going on in her room aside from a few personalized items from when she was born along with her crib and glider.
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SUPPLIES: -curtain rod -strands of lights (I bought mine off of Amazon) - twin size flat white sheet -C batteries NOT PICTURED: -level -drill with screw bit -pencil
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STEP 1: Mark wall First, I used a level and my curtain rod to make my marks where the curtain rod would hang. You don't HAVE to use a level--if you're good at eyeballing things, have at it--but I can't even tell you how many times I've thought something was straight just by looking at it, then I stood back and shook my head at myself because it was crooked as a shepherd's hook (haha--ok maybe not THAT bad but you get my drift).
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STEP 2: Install hardware and attache rod The curtain rod I purchased from Walmart (hellloooo it was only 94¢!!! my kind of shopping!) came with the installation hardware so I screwed the little plate that came in the package to the wall, made sure it was vertically straight, then screwed in the second screw.
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Next, I attached the curtain rod to the hanging plate (I don't know if that's what it's called but that's the name I'm giving it for now).
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STEP 3: Add batteries and hang lights to lights and hang lightsIt was finally time to add the star of the show for this project! I inserted the batteries in the battery boxes of the lights...
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...then I draped the lights over the curtain rod. I will say that I was getting a little frustrated with this part of the project. I wanted lots of lights, however, I was limited to how many times I could drape the lights over the curtain rod because I wanted them to be in long strands. I had the battery boxes sit on the floor, therefore a good bit of the lights couldn't be seen because they were behind the crib. If I had done this project in my house, I would have installed some sort of floating shelf (or SOMETHING) behind the crib to hold the battery boxes in order to give me more slack.
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STEP 4: Drape sheet over rod For the final step of this super easy project, I draped the flat sheet over the lights and curtain rod--I had a good food or so on the backside and could have draped it even further if I really wanted to.
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I love how this headboard alternative came out! As soon as I was finished with the project, little Leah went down for a nap and she seemed to love the new addition to her room.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Curtain Rod   (Amazon)
  • Strands of Lights   (Amazon)
  • White sheet   (Walmart)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Dec 11, 2016


  • Pnachowicz
    on Dec 15, 2016

    Very pretty, but please be aware of any hazards you may have introduced so close to the crib. I would be concerned about choking hazards or baby getting tangled in hanging things just like the cords that hang from blinds.

  • Ventureblc
    on Dec 15, 2016

    That is adorable!

  • Mary
    Mary North Attleboro, MA
    on Dec 15, 2016

    I had the same concerns about the baby's crib........ maybe hang it on the opposite wall where the baby can see it just as well.

  • Ann M
    Ann M Maumee, OH
    on Dec 15, 2016

    I'm concerned about he safety issue as well but even the practical- you would have to place this a good arms length from the crib. Especially an 18 month old, as inquisitive as they are would pull this down in a heartbeat.

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