DIY West Elm Tall Tufted Headboard for Under $50

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Tufted headboards are pretty popular these days, and after perusing West Elm's catalog one day I became inspired to make my own version of their Tall Tufted Headboard. With some finagling I pulled it off for a total of $11.84!
Because I know everyone's resources for materials is different, I can't promise that you can pull it off for the same amount, but I can guarantee that it can be under $50 to make if you follow along with what I did to get the lower prices. Sound good? :)
I HIGHLY recommend having a friend to help you on the first step of stapling the batting, then the fabric to the pegboard (see for more info on this step). I had my bestie Erin over and she helped me to pull off what would have otherwise been the impossible.

I went for stapling my batting and fabric around the back of the pegboard before doing the buttons because I wasn't using foam and securing it with spray adhesive. To get my batting and fabric to stay in place, I needed to have it stapled right from the get-go. However, I didn't staple around the bottom of the board so that I could still pull things a bit as I worked down with the buttons, and then I planned to staple the excess at the end.
Now here came the simplest part: pushing the threaded needle through the back with the chalk-marked hole to the fabric side, adding the button, then pushing the needle through to the back again, pulling the button until it was tight. Leave a lot of slack for the tail and also for the end with the needle.
Make a staple like this with some gap underneath for you to pull both strands of the thread (needle-end and the end-tail) under. It's not pretty, but I found this technique to work best for keeping the button pulled tightly and stay in place.
Do a second staple up or down from it (we're gonna be making a chevron pattern with the staples) and pull the threads through that. Keep pulling the thread taunt so that the button is as deeply tufted as you want it to be. At this stage, take the hammer (still keeping the thread taunt) and flatten the first staple down over-top of the thread to secure it. Do the same with the second staple. Do about 2-3 more staples and repeat this process until you don't feel the need to hold onto the thread anymore to keep it taunt. Secure the ends by tying them several times around the last staple, and flatten that one down as well.

This rough method works surprisingly well. It took a bit to get into a groove, but once I did I could do a whole row in under 30 minutes. Put on some music and have some fun as you watch your headboard transform!
That's it! In one day you'll have this baby to call your own and enjoy!
For more info on how I found supplies that kept this project under $50, tools used, and more how-to pictures, hop over to my blog

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