DIY: Princess Castle Headboard

diy castle headboardSome people are just too clever and Tim Schepp of Wisconsin is one of them. Tim designed and made this sweet princess castle headboard with products from a home center and hobby store.

princess castle headboardA little princess would feel like royalty with this castle bed. A perfect focal point for a royal chamber.

Tim’s instructions to make a castle headboard:

Arched Door:
“I used some pine tongue and groove boards for the door.

Main Body:
A large piece of insulation foam board for the arch, (cut with a jigsaw).
A prefab shelf glued onto the foam board.

The towers are made of cardboard concrete forms, (drywall compound was used to smooth the seams). Once I cut out the windows, I carved little pieces of drywall for the stones and glued them around them to make it look like stones. I made a box for the tower base our of 2×2’s and drywall, topped with a decorative column mount.
The tops are doll cones.

I used a white primer paint on everything first, because the stone fleck paint doesn’t cover very well. Then I used American Accent’s Bleached Stone fleck paint. (Krylon’s “make it stone” in White Onyx works too). The tops were painted violet, over the stone coat, for texture. Next, was a clear coating for durability. Then the entire castle, (not the door) got a coat of spray glitter.
Disney’s Fairytale Pink by Behr paints, was used for the door, (headboard).

princess castle headboard Lighting:
I used a stripped extension cord to go from the wall to the inside of one tower base. Then I installed a dimmer in an electrical box, and ran romex to outlets mounted in the towers, just below the windows. Then I plugged in nightlights.
On the top of the towers, I used heavy straws for the flag pole. I found small lights that were for a train set street light kit, and mounted them on the top and ran the wires though the straw, to the power supply, and plugged into the outlet.”

make your own castle headboardDoll cones, are acrylic cones that can be ordered on many craft sites. I found mine at They are thin and flexible, so I used some Great Stuff spray foam, to keep them rigid. My fear was that if the cones flexed, the fleck paint would crack and fall off.”

Another option for the cones – little traffic cones found at toy stores. Thanks Tim for sharing such a wonderful DIY project!

Posted on October 27, 2009
Categories: creative ideas, diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, room decor

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  1. Kari @ Ucreate says:
    October 27, 2009

    AMAZING!! I have to feature this, too!

  2. Melissa says:
    October 28, 2009

    Brilliant! Definitely on the to do list!

  3. Jessalyn says:
    November 1, 2009

    This is so cute!

  4. Alice says:
    November 17, 2009

    This is Very clever! The only thing I will add is some wall decals (I get mine from tree branches and greenery to make the castle snug in a "forest"! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Alice says:
    November 18, 2009

    This is Very clever! The only thing I will add is some wall decals (I get mine from tree branches and greenery to make the castle snug in a “forest”! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Lorna Terry says:
    November 24, 2009

    I love this idea for my little girl's bedroom! About how much did all the materials cost?

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    January 18, 2010

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  9. Alekicha says:
    August 27, 2012

    I really like it. I love themed bedrooms. I did one for my son. I used cars as theme. I bought red racing car bed, tarmac carpet and curtains with formula 1 cars. It looks amazing.

  10. Diane says:
    December 9, 2012

    Hi! FANTASTIC idea!
    I would love to do this for my son. Would you have any ideas on how to make it look a little masculine?

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