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DIY Paddle Headboard


We have been working on a cabin remodel in Big Bear, CA and it’s almost done. We are just putting on the finishing touches this week. For those of you who don’t know Big Bear is an adorable town in the mountains of Cali. It’s the perfect place to getaway for the winter if you want a magical, white powdered snow season and it’s incredible in the summertime because it’s lakeside. Dreamy right?

While designing the interior of our little cabin getaway, I came across this amazing paddle headboard and I thought this would be the perfect addition to our master bedroom. So, I whipped out my tools and a willing attitude and made this baby in just a few hours and it is exactly what our cabin needed.

Now you don’t need a cabin to create this headboard. You can give your bedroom that retreat feeling without ever having to leave home. Here is what you will need to get started.

You Will Need:

  • Rowing paddles
  • Craft Paddles
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Weathered wood accelerator
  • Five 1”x4” pieces of wood, cut to the width of your bed. You can have your hardware – store cut the pieces for you.
  • 6 metal “T” braces
  • OPTIONAL: Rope
  • OPTIONAL: Glue Gun
  • OPTIONAL: Acrylic paint


1. Measure the space that you need for your headboard. I am making a queen, which measures 60” across.

2. Lay out paddles on a solid surface in the order that you would like. I got 3 rowing paddles and 10 craft paddles.

3. You will be screwing them in from the back, so lay your 1×4’s across the top, middle and bottom. Attach with T-braces and screws.

4. Since I am using 3 real rowing paddles, I will be using them as the outside of the bed, and one in the middle.

5. Attach the paddles to a 1×4 piece for the vertical sides that will be used as the other cross braces.

6. Attach all of the cross braces with the T-braces.

7. OPTIONAL: You can add the weathering component or paint it colors.

8. Attach the frame to any bed frame that you would like to use.

If you missed the episode or want to see it in action then check it out here. Tell us what you think in the comments below and remember we want to see your DIY’s on Instagram so follow @PaigeHemmis #PaigeDIY



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