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Fairy Light Headboard Alternative

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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!
fairy light headboard alternative
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.
fairy light headboard alternative
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

fairy light headboard alternative
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).
fairy light headboard alternative
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.
fairy light headboard alternative
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).
fairy light headboard alternative
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...
fairy light headboard alternative
...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.
fairy light headboard alternative
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.
fairy light headboard alternative
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.
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  • Itsmemic
    on Jan 5, 2018

    Holy moly such controversy ! My question is, why did you use a simple white sheet? I would have used a pretty sheer fabric with colors to match room... as for the safety issue? I am sure we grownups can agree that has all been thought out beforehand.

    • Rebecca Brantley
      on Oct 18, 2018

      Hahaha the way I read that run on sentence.. Like you're dressing them up for a Hollywood run way..

      "Something they could grab and put around their neck very pretty just have to tweet it" 😆😅

  • Chris Chapman
    on Jan 13, 2018

    I think the basic idea is wonderful! Everyone seems to be worried about safety. I think each of us can adapt your idea to suit ourselves. Also, did you think about Velcro to hide the battery boxes to the wall behind the rod? Just a thought. Its very pretty!

  • Kally Larson
    on Sep 18, 2018

    Beautiful!!!! I had Christmas tree lights that could adjust so the could fade on and off, slow or fast. Might be fun for a baby??? Great idea. Might use it for my room!!!

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