pirate treasure chest – toy box

A very special little girl turned 2 years old this past month, so for her second birthday I wanted to make sure she had an awesome toy chest in which to keep the many toys that I fully expect her parents to spoil her with in the next many years.

I love pirates, and I think that most little kids love pirates, so I decided to make this a “pirates chest.” However, I wanted it to be something that she could potentially keep and use even into adulthood (obviously for purposes other than toys), so I made it less comic-book-pirate and more real-life pirate.

Also, this was a very complicated process that I completed in about a day, so I didn’t take time to thoroughly document the method…So this is just a series of pictures showing the progress. I hope to make another one for another special child in my life, so if you want better instructions, look for that post later.


Beginning to place the boards across the top.



Tufted Headboard – Round 2

For the next headboard I made, I decided that I wanted to try something a little different.

It’s still a tufted, fabric headboard…But I cut this one into three sections and upholstered each section individually.

That was really the only difference in the process with this headboard and the process with the first headboard I made.

Well…and the design was a bit more complex! But I thought I would share this one as well just to show you how creative you can truly be with these DIY headboards! Seriously, once you get the hang of it, there isn’t any design that you can’t do…

So I hope this one is a little inspiration for you!


I cut out the three sections first, and then I laid them all down side by side and drew the curve of the design.



This is how the three sections looked together. Tip: After I cut out the first side section, I traced it onto the other side section and cut it out from there. That’s how I managed to make them perfectly symmetrical.



Upholstered, Tufted Headboard

Not too long ago, we decided that our bedroom looked a little drab. So I started shopping around for a headboard that would fit our king-sized bed…And I was quickly reminded why I never bought one before. Those things are crazy expensive.

[want to see a different headboard design?]

So instead, I opted to do it myself and save some cash. Overall, this headboard ended up costing me <$100 and it took about two hours to make once I had the materials. So without further ado…