Wood block Headboard DIY

Hey there <insert wave aka Forest Gump style>,

I promised a quick and easy DIY on the guest bedroom headboard last week so today I’m finally getting around to sharing it. If you’ve followed along with my guest room refresh I did for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE you know I rode the struggle bus trying to find a head board that would be inexpensive yet look good with the wallpaper we added to the space. This is what I came up with.

Finished Headboard

Finished Headboard

I had seen this before on Pinterest (I cannot locate the owner of this pic so if you know who’s it is please let me know). I loved it as an art piece with all the texture and warmth of the wood and knew it would make a perfect headboard.

Pinterest image of wood block art

What we used to make the headboard:

Plywood cut to size- 76 x 34 for a queen size bed with 7 inches on either side (so I can add lighting)

3 - 4 x 4 posts

3 - quarts Varathane Wood Stain in Iron Navy, Sunbleached and Grey

Wood Screws

Wood Glue

That’s it!

To begin we cut the posts into three sizes. 1/2 inch, 1 inch and 1.5 inch pieces.

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Next we (totally meaning my husband) used a sander to smooth the blocks.



Then I stained all the blocks. I chose Varathane wood stain because It dries fast and covers easily. We stained three sides because of the different depths.

Staining Blocks

Then we attached (using wood screws) two 1 x 2 posts cut to the height we needed to the plywood.

Attaching legs to head board

Finally we started to glue the wood blocks to the plywood in a random pattern. A quick tip here. Push the blocks firmly in place so that the glue has solid contact with blocks and the plywood.

attaching the blocks

So every DIY was that moment when you think…how could I miss that?!?!?! Ours was when we realized we could have made this much easier on ourselves if we had made the math work and the blocks would have filled the plywood divisible by four. But nope, not how we roll. So we had to trim one block on every row to make it fit. Sigh.

Wood block head board

Finished head board!

Wood Block Head Board
Close up of the headboard

Close up of the headboard

That’s it! Easy and inexpensive.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time,


Libbie BurlingDIY7 Comments