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Fairy Light Headboard Alternative

  • 1h
  • 7 Materials
  • $58
  • 1 Video
  • Easy
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!
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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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-curtain rod
-strands of lights (I bought mine off of Amazon)
- twin size flat white sheet
-C batteries
-drill with screw bit
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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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  • Dee Thompson

    KoBe careful with the age of the child

  • C. Lewellyn
    C. Lewellyn Lynchburg, VA

    This may be cute, but it is too dangerous to use near a child's bed! The potential for a toddler to grab it and pull it down, or chew on it, etc. is too great! Children die each year from getting tangled up in mini blind cords, and this seems to be

  • Connie Sann

    Not only is it a potential choking/hanging hazard for children but also a fire hazard. Many of those lights get hot after a certain amount of time and some aren't made with the best quality. Putting under/over dry fabric isn't safe. Cute idea though

  • Katherine Fullerton

    Isn't is dangerous to hang lights we're a toddler could reach them? That thin sheet won't keep a curious toddler from them. Seems like a strangling hazard to me.

  • Mean Mcgrath

    perfect for a 10 year old

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