As a college student myself, saving money is a huge concern and as a result I've learned to DIY nearly anything so when a friend called me up and asked me if I could make her a headboard I was up for the challenge! Step one was buying all the supplies. Here's what you'll need:
3/4 inch plywood cut to the size and shape you'd like your headboard
enough 3 inch foam to cover your board completely
fabric (enough to cover your headboard and make buttons)
a button making kit (available at any craft store)
upholstery needles long enough to fit through the wood and foam
zip ties (a great tip I got from www.schuelove.com
a staple gun
First things first you'll need to measure and drill your holes. These are the spots where your buttons will hold the fabric in place. I did rows of 5 and 4.http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh514/moderndaydauphine/headboard%20tutorial/93664f27.jpg
The next step is to cut the foam to the size of your headboard and use your spray adhesive to glue it down.
Next you want to lay out your batting and place your head board foam side down on top of it. Cut your batting so that it can reach the back of your board, pull tight and staple it to the back.
The next step is to follow the instructions on your button making kit and cover your buttons with your fabric. This is pretty simple and mindless but does take a while so if you can get someone to help you with this while you're doing the first steps. Now is where it gets tricky. Stand up your head board, take a drill bit one size smaller then the one you used to drill the hole and use it to push through the foam from the wood and make a hole. Now drape your fabric over the head board and take your embroidery needles and come from the wood side, through the hole and poke a hole in your fabric. Take one of your buttons and use your embroidery thread to tie it to the eye of a zip tie. Now pull the end of the zip tie through the fabric, the whole in the foam and the wood.
Now take a second zip tie and thread the first through the eye of the second with the fabric, batting, foam and wood between it. Play with the fabric so it pulls evenly and then tighten the zip tie as tight as you can. When the first row is done the back will look like this:
And the front will look like this:
Repeat that through every hole and you'll get something that looks like this:
Now the last step, pull the fabric tight and staple it to the back the same way you did with the batting.
Now you have your headboard!
It may seem like an overwhelming project but all in all it was fairly simple. With shopping for supplies and assembling the entire board the whole project took about nine hours. I hope you found this helpful!