Joanna Gaines inspired DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial via Ashlea of This Mamas Dance

Joanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard

If you are joining me today via the Remodelaholic Blog Hop- Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped in. Remodelaholic is kicking off Pallet Aplenty Week with a Pallet Challenge that includes myself and 8 other lovely bloggers. There’s also a week long link party, and a bunch more pallet inspiration coming your way over on Remodelaholic. I’m so happy to be a part of the fun! Today I am sharing all of the details behind my Joanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard.

scallop-shiplap-bed-via-this-mamas-dance-11For this bed frame I was inspired by Joanna’s beautiful style- which always has a healthy helping of shiplap. I had a pallet wood project on my brain- and knew I wanted to make a headboard- but didn’t want it to look like I stuck a pallet to the wall. I pulled out some loose leaf, and jotted a few ideas down. I created this scallop headboard using stair spindles, plywood and pallet boards. The boards resemble shiplap- and of course, to truly be inspired by Mrs. Gaines- I needed a liberal coat of white paint! I am so, so, so pleased with how this sweet little piece turned out- and today I am sharing the entire process so that you can recreate the look yourself.

Joanna Gaines inspired DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial via Ashlea of This Mamas Dance

This took me about 4 hrs to make- with kids awake ( I have three 8 and under)- so, I’d say it’s quite a simple project. It is also so inexpensive- I had all the supplies on hand because #woodscraphoarder-but even if you purchased adhesive, spindles and plywood- it would still be a very affordable project- I’m thinking well under $40. Technically I had all the supplies but the pallet wood- my hubby picked up a free pallet from HD- and we cut the boards using a reciprocating saw.

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-2To determine the size of the headboard I used this handy chart from Remodelaholic. My plans are for a twin headboard with a finished width of 43 1/2″, and a finished height of 53″.

| Remodelaholic|

So how did I go from this…


To this?

Joanna Gaines inspired DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial via Ashlea of This Mamas Dance

Let me show you!

Full Tutorial for a "Fixer Upper" Inspired Headboard made from Pallet Wood via Ashlea This Mamas DanceJoanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard


  • 1/4″ 4×4 plywood sheet
  • 2 square spindles, measuring 42″
  • 1 Pallet
  • No More Nails
  • Brad Nails (and Gun)
  • Wrapping or Kraft Paper


  • Jig Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Skill Saw or Chop Saw
  • Sharpie and Pencil
  • Optional: Reciprocating Saw


The finished width of this headboard is 43 1/2 inches. The finished height is 53″. It is designed to be used with a twin mattress.

Step 1: Prepare the Backer Board.


I used 1/4″ plywood- because I had a scrap piece- MDF would also work. Measure your board to 43 1/2 inches wide by 24 inches long. Cut. This piece will be the backer for your pallet boards to attach to. Measure from the top down and Mark your board at 11″ from the top. This will be where the top of the spindles sit- which means the scallop will sit above this line.

Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the outside edge on either side, and mark the line. This is where the spindles and pallet boards will butt up.

Step 2: Create a Template.


Cut a piece of paper (I used wrapping paper) to the width of your headboard.

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-4Measure down 11″ so you know where your scallop will need to end.

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-5Fold the paper in half then freehand your scallop detail. I drew a few design options on a small piece of notebook paper first.

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-6Cut out your template and unfold.

Step 3: Transfer Template to Plywood.


Position your template on the plywood, making sure it is level, then tape it in place. Using a sharpie transfer your design onto the plywood by tracing the outline. FLIP OVER.

Step 5: Position Boards


Lay out your boards and make any necessary cuts. You may want to make a pencil outline of the template on this side of the plywood if you are trying to be resourceful with the boards. I was only able to get a small pallet- so I had to lay out the boards wisely.

Step 6: Attach Pallet Boards


how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-10Begin attaching boards using No More Nails adhesive and brad nails. Take care not to overlap the spindle leg guide line. Let glue dry completely. Be sure sharpie outline is on the back of the board.

Step 7: Cut Scallop Detail

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-13Flip the headboard over so that the pallet boards are facing down, and the plywood side with the sharpie outline is facing up.

how-to-build-a-pallet-headboard-via-mamas-dance-14Carefully cut along the outline using a jigsaw.


(a view after one side has been cut with the jigsaw)

Step 8: Sand


Sand the face of the boards, as well as the cut edges. Make sure there are no nail heads sticking out prior to sanding.

Step 8: Attach Legs

Butt legs up to pallet boards. Attach using No More Nails Adhesive and brad nails, and screws in through the back. Allow to dry completely.

Step 9: Finish and Seal.

You may decide to sand your boards and either paint, seal with a clear coat, or leave untreated.


Clear Coat using Mineral Oil


Coat of Flat White Paint

joanna gaines inspired pallet headboard via Ashlea of This Mamas Dance


I hope you found a little inspiration here today- if you choose to build a head board with this tutorial I would love for you to tag me on instagram or facebook! I’ve got all of the other pallet projects linked up below- so be sure to show them some love. I adore the little spice rack. If you have a pallet project- you can join in on the fun by sharing on the week long pallet link party here, or use the hashtag #palletsaplenty on instagram.

-Miss Ash


spice rack | Red Cottage Chronicles

scalloped headboard | This Mama’s Dance

stacked pallet coffee table | AD Aesthetic

rustic pallet wood crown molding | The Weathered Fox

under bed toy storage | Our House Now a Home

outdoor coffee table with drink cooler | Remodelaholic

outdoor pallet bar | Our Crafty Mom

hexagon side table | Lemon Thistle

paper roll pallet memo board | Cupcakes and Crinoline

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