Monday, August 27, 2012


   This diy comes from www.infarrantlycreative.net .  I going to have to make something similar for my daughters bed.  I had made here a picket fence type bed when she was a wee little girl.  But now nice she has turned 14 she needs something a little bit more modern and stylish for a young lady of her age.  I hope you enjoy this diy!

Fabric Upholstered Headboard–Painted & Stenciled

   I have been wanting to make an upholstered headboard for a while now but finding the perfect fabric often proves difficult, unless of course, I was willing to pay $50/yard. Why not stencil your own fabric? You get the color and pattern you want without the hunt and the cost. So I made a stenciled fabric upholstered headboard all for under $77. Can you believe that is painted fabric?

coral and gray bedroom


Upholstery Weight Fabric


Foam roller

Acrylic paint (fabric medium optional)

Air compressor with air stapler

Two King Sized Foam Egg Crates

1/2” MDF (cut to size)


repositionable spray adhesive

pencil and paper for making a pattern


1. I purchased some clearance natural woven fabric from Joann Fabrics for $4 a yard. I need 2 1/3 yard x 56” for this project (around $10). Cutting Edge Stencils sent me the Rabat Allover Stencil which was the perfect pattern for the headboard. I mixed some Dutch Boy (Stonewall Jackson) paint with black to darken it. I also sprayed the stencil back with repositionable adhesive and then stuck it to my fabric making sure my stencil was straight. Using my foam roller, I painted my fabric.

stenciled painted fabric

The stencil was a piece of cake to use – especially with the spray adhesive on back and two sets of hands (Thanks Amy!) rolling the paint on. I only had to spray it once and I moved my stencil 9 times.
2. After all the fabric was stenciled we let it dry and then Amy sketched out the curve onto some butcher paper and we transferred it to our MDF.

headboard pattern

3. Using a jigsaw we cut out the curve following our pre-marked pencil lines.


4. Then we used two queen mattress pads (A.K.A. egg crates) with the curved sides facing each other as our foam.

egg crate as foam

upholstered headboard

5. Using the air nailer we tugged the foam taut and stapled it (A LOT OF STAPLES) in place. Trim off the excess foam.

curved upholstered headboard

TIP: When you are stapling the fabric in the corners it is easier to staple one of the mattress pads at a time.


6. Next you line up your fabric. It is easier to put a few staples in the top and bottom to hold it in place while you adjust everything and make sure your fabric is straight and centered. Then work your way around putting staples on the left and right sides first alternating back and forth tugging and stapling.


upholstering headboard

7. Around the curve at the top you will have to cut your fabric to ease it into the curve and then staple it down while pulling it taut.



8. Now I will probably need a cleat to hang it on the wall but right now it is just propped on my bedframe until I decide what I was to do for the frame.

upholstered gray headboard

stenciled headboard

Obviously the fabric feels a bit rubbery with the paint on it. I probably would add fabric medium if I were going to upholster a chair or something. However for a headboard it is just perfect. I was shocked at how crisp and clean the lines came out with a stencil. And seriously, unless you touched it, you would never know it was plain, woven, cream fabric to begin with.

coral and gray bedroom

I love the soft curve of the patterned headboard with the backdrop of the molding on the wall. I adore this room, especially since it is our guest room and it is always clean. I just walk past it and stop and stare.

gray and coral bedroom


   This recipe was found at www.williams-sonoma.com .  Cobblers are one of my favorite desserts of all time (next to cheesecake), whether it's cherry or blackberry.   Nothing says homemade like a cobbler (especially with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream).  Enjoy!

By late June, the blackberries on the farm have arrived at their peak. The berries are half the size of commercially grown berries and are purple-black and juicy, with tiny seeds and crisp skin, which makes them stand up well in desserts such as cobblers. This biscuit-dough version of cobbler allows you to use more berries, and the dough soaks up more berry juice than other pastry does. The recipe calls for a cast-iron skillet, but this cobbler can also be made in any ovenproof dish. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


  • 8 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat an oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, toss together the blackberries, 1 cup of the sugar and the lime zest. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and cornstarch until smooth. Drizzle the lime juice mixture over the blackberry mixture and toss to combine. Scrape the blackberry mixture into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it is the texture of coarse meal. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the buttermilk into the well and stir with a fork until the mixture comes together. Crumble the dough evenly over the top of the blackberry mixture in the skillet.

Bake the cobbler until the blackberry filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let the cobbler rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.


    The Corn Palace serves as a multi-use center for the community and region. The facility hosts stage shows, as well as sports events in its arena. The World's Only Corn Palace is an outstanding structure which stands as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota.
    The original Corn Palace, called "The Corn Belt Exposition" was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for it first festival at the present location in 1921.
    The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year. The theme is selected by the Corn Palace Festival Committee and murals are designed by a local artist.

Corn Palace History
    The World's Only Corn Palace is Mitchell's premier tourist attraction. Some 500,000 tourists come from around the nation each year to see the uniquely designed corn murals. The city's first Corn Palace was build as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate.
    Eight years before the turn of the 20th century -1892- when Mitchell, South Dakota was a small, 12-year-old city of 3,000 inhabitants - the WORLD’S ONLY CORN PALACE was established on the city’s Main Street. During its over 100 years of existence, it has become known worldwide and now attracts more than a half a million visitors annually. The palace was conceived as a gathering place where city residents and their rural neighbors could enjoy a fall festival with extraordinary stage entertainment – a celebration to climax a crop-growing season and harvest. This tradition continues today with the annual Corn Palace Festival, August 26th – August 30th, 2009.

The starting of one of the conr murals

   By 1905 the success of the Corn Palace had been assured and a new Palace was to be built, but this building soon became too small. In 1919, the decision to build a third Corn Palace was made. This one was to be permanent and more purposeful than its predecessors. The present building was completed in 1921, just in time for the Corn Palace Festivities. That winter Mitchell hosted its first boys state basketball tournament. The building was considered to have the finest basketball arena in the upper Midwest area.

    In the 1930’s, steps were taken to recapture the artistic decorative features of the building and minarets and kiosks of Moorish design were added restoring the appearance of early day Corn Palace.
     Today, the Corn Palace is more than the home of the festival or a point of interest of tourists. It is a practical structure adaptable to many purposes. Included among its many uses are industrial exhibits, dances, stage shows, meetings, banquets, proms, graduations arena for Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University as well as district, regional and state basketball tournaments. USA Today named the Corn Palace one of the top 10 places in America for high school basketball.

Early picture of the inside

   The Palace is redecorated each year with naturally colored corn and other grains and native grasses to make it “the agricultural show-place of the world”. We currently use 13 different colors or shades of corn to decorate the Corn Palace: red, brown, black, blue, white, orange, calico, yellow and now we have green corn! A different theme is chosen each year, and murals are designed to reflect that theme. Ear by ear the corn is nailed to the Corn Palace to create a scene. The decorating process usually starts in late May with the removal of the rye and dock. The corn murals are stripped at the end of August and the new ones are completed by the first of October.
    Cherie Ramsdell is the current panel designer. Our current theme is entitled "America's Destinations". The Corn Palace is known around the world as a folk-art wonder on the prairie of South Dakota.

Inside as it looks today

Corn Palace Murals and Panels
    This annual redecorating process began on Monday, June 8 as 16 decorators started removing the dock and rye and began replacing those items. The Corn Mural will remain intact until the annual Corn Palace Festival at which time the new mural drawings will be placed on the Corn Palace. The process should be completed about mid-October.


   "Through the Ages" has been selected as the theme for this year's decorating process by the Corn Palace Festival Committee. "As people travel across this country to see these murals on Mitchell's Corn Palace, the Festival Committee felt this theme depicting various modes of transportation would be interesting to all ages as we think about how travel has changed "Through the Ages", said Corn Palace Director Mark A. Schilling.

    One unique insignia is the Boy Scout 100-Year Anniversary Logo found in the picture of the canoe. The Boy Scouts will be celebrating 100 years in 2010 when the corn mural will appear on the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace Festival Committee has chosen the following objects to be shown on the panels depicting various modes of transportation such as an airplane, a segway, a sailboat, a bike, a motorcycle, a canoe with Boy Scout logo, a hot air balloon, a snowmobile, a stagecoach, a four-wheeler, a car, and a train.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is inside the Corn Palace?
Inside the Corn Palace are pictures from almost all of the prior years the Corn Palace has been decorated. A new Corn Palace Video explains the story of the Corn Palace. So come and Experience It!

Mural in the works

2. How often do they change the pictures on the outside of the building?
Each year we redecorate the Corn Palace selecting a new theme and new designs.
3. How much corn is used?
Over 275,000 ears of corn are used in redecoating the Corn Palace

4. How do they color the corn?
All the colors of corn are naturally grown with special seed raised just for the Corn Palace. Each color must be planted in separate fields to maintain its pure color.
5. How do they pick the theme each year?
The Corn Palace Festival Committee selects the theme each year. If you have an idea, share it with them by e-mailing mschilling@cornpalace.com