Wood block Headboard DIY - A Life Unfolding

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 headboard 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 used the saw to cut the posts into three sizes. 1/2 inch, 1 inch, and 1.5-inch pieces. Stacking them by size as we went.

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Next, we (totally meaning my husband) used a sander to smooth the blocks. We used an electric sander to make quick work of them. I then took a sandpaper block to finish smoothing them.



Now it was time for the fun part! I stained all the blocks. I chose Varathane wood stain because It dries fast and covers easily. The colors are Navy, Grey, and Walnut. It took two coats to get the coverage I was looking for. We stained three sides because of the different depths.

Staining Blocks

Then, we cut a piece of plywood the size we wanted for our queen size bed. We went with 64 inches wide and 30 inches tall. So we had had our base. We then attached (using wood screws) two 1 x 2 posts cut to the height we needed for 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 the blocks and the plywood. Stand back every couple of rows to make sure you are keeping the colors and heights mixed. We placed books on the glued blocks overnight to let the glue set. We painted the edges of the plywood a light brown.

attaching the blocks

So every DIY I do, there is usually 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.

Finished headboard!

Side view of the headboard

Side view of the headboard

Wood Block Head Board

Close up of the headboard

Close up of the headboard

DIY Wood Block Headboard

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That’s it! Easy and inexpensive.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time,




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  1. What an awesome idea! Good tip about doing the math ahead of time. 🙂 But it turned out great!

  2. Libbie, I love the texture and the colors of the headboard. So smart of you to figure out how make it and if you ever get tired of having it as a headboard you have a great art piece to hang somewhere else!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Michelle,

      I love the idea of reusing it later on as we are always changing things up!

      Thank you for stopping by.


  3. Annette says:

    Beautiful job! The close-up pics are even more interesting. But I must admit, what I’m MOST interested in is that gorgeous leather sofa. Please, please tell me where you found it.

  4. Absolute love it, I’m featuring it this week! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house link party – see you next week!

  5. I am about to make my own bedroom headboard and I hope I can finish it soon. Also, I will share this to my friends. Thanks for showing us how to do this.

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