headboard makeover using my Silhouette {quick Tutorial}

Headboard Makeover

Check out my “stenciled headboard” using vinyl! Super cheap and tons easier than busting out the paint and stencil!

You probably remember my DIY headboard makeover I did a couple months ago using my Silhouette. well i wanted to share a little bit more about how I did it. I used the Premium Vinyl from Silhouette and it worked like a charm! The stronger adhesive works great on my headboard. We have been sitting against and using this headboard for 2 months now and I am very impressed with how well the Premium Vinyl has fared. It has even withstood a curious 2 yr old!

{no i did not make the yellow flower pillows, although i wish i did! i may try replicating them sometime though.}

Adding the vinyl decal to my headboard was so much cheaper than buying a whole new headboard. Plus when I get tired of the design or change my color scheme, all I have to do is peel off the vinyl!

Seriously love how awesome it turned out!

How I did it:
  • to create the headboard decal, I enlarged the design i wanted to use very large. {this is a jillion times easier with the new Silhouette Studio Software which you can download for FREE here.}
  • I did a test cut on some paper to make sure i liked the size on the headboard
  • Then I repeated the design to fit the size I needed {48″}. *Make sure you stay inside the red lines or it will not cut it.
  • I planned to do two rows across the width of the vinyl {approx 8″}
  • I added a straight cut line 8″ down in the design so that it cut the design into 8″ strips by the length- 48.5″ *Note: when you change your document size, its not the cutting size. There is a small allowance on both directions that will not be cut. So I sized my document to be 8.5″x48.5″ which is slightly bigger than I needed, it actually cut 8″ by 47.5″
  • Using transfer paper, I transferred it to our headboard with Davis’s help. I *highly* recommend having a second set of hands to help you line things up when you are working with large vinyl projects like this.
  • I only used 1 roll of Premium Vinyl and it was all I needed to complete this design. So that’s a complete headboard makeover for under $20!
  • When you cut vinyl, you do not need the cutting mat.
  • *before you attempt a large vinyl project like this, I suggest doing several smaller projects first to become comfortable with your Silhouette and how it cuts.

for a Basic Tutorial on How to use Your Silhouette, click here.

happy crafting,


Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

    This is AWESOME! I'm doing something similar to a piece of my furniture. I love the huge effect that some vinyl can give!

  2. 2
    Margot Madison Creative

    I love how your bedroom color scheme matches your blog! Headboard looks fabulous!

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    Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Can't believe it only took one roll of vinyl! Amazing job!

  5. 5

    Thanks for the tutorial. I just got my silhouette in the mail, but what you've done seems so confusing. haha. One day I'll be there!

  6. 6

    I love love love this!!! I have an naked door hanging on my wall for my headboard and this is exactly what it needs. :)

  7. 7

    gorgeous! great job!

  8. 8

    That's awesome! I love it! And I love your pillows with the yellow flowers! Did you make them?

    1. 8.1

      The pillows are from Target. They really pop against that headboard!

  9. 9

    I have LOVED your headboard since you first posted it. And I can't wait to try something like this for my daughter's room. I actually have a headboard that broke and needs a transformation. My Silhouette machine arrives tomorrow! Thanks for your tutorial, I can't wait to get started!

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  11. 11

    LOVE! Love the white on the black. Just found your site and just in time! I've had a silhouette for 3 months and just took it out of the box today! Totally need help!

  12. 12

    This is amazing! I love it!

  13. 13
    Lorrie Everitt Studio

    fabulous … thanks for the "how to's"! Gotta get me one of these silhoutte's!

  14. 14
    Mama to the Doughs

    Really cute stuff, thanks for sharing!

  15. 15

    A new follower! Love all your post/projects!

  16. 16

    I love the design you chose! it looks great in that color scheme.

    can I ask where you got your bedspread? ;) i've been searching for the perfect gray bedspread/comforter! thanks ;)


  17. 17

    Your pillows are what initially caught my eye, but I love the headboard! What a great idea! I love the color scheme in your room!

  18. 18

    I love this!! I don't own a Silhouette, but I swear, this project just about made me leave to get one immediately.

  19. 19

    That looks amazing. I can't believe you were able to line it up so well. I've been hesitant to do a big project like that because I wasn't sure how well I'd be able to match it up. Awesome job!

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  21. 21

    I LOVE it!!!!

  22. 22

    I love this idea. My dad has an old storage shed that has an old bed in it, and I have a son who just moved out! :) The Tickled Herring

  23. 23

    LOVE your headboard!! it looks amazing!! I love the colors in your room!

  24. 24

    Linda, this is great. Featuring you in Friday’s 50+ roundup!

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  26. 25

    How did you do this headboard??

    1. 25.1

      Hi Dana,
      I used a Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl for the headboard. I explained a little more about how I did it in this post. Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  27. 26

    did you make your design or buy it? if you bought it was was the name? do you have it available for download?

    1. 26.1

      Hi Marla,
      I bought the design from Silhouette. The name had gate in it, I can’t remember now! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,