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26 August, 2014

Make your own neon rope bedhead

We love a creative project with more dash than cash. This neon rope bedhead is high on visual impact, but you can do it in a day for under $50. It's cute, customisable and completely Spring-fresh. Senior Stylist Adam Powell takes us through the project, starting with a trip to  your local super-hardware store.

You'll need:

Around 25m of fluoro pink rope
A roll of builder's line (string or cord) in the same colour
2 wooden curtain rod holders, plus screws to affix them to the wall
A branch at least as wide as your bed

Short on time, I picked up the branch at my local florist, but you could collect one from your local area or use plain or painted dowel.

I wanted something a bit rustic to contrast with the pink rope,  which I chose to provide high contrast against the neutral wall. If you're after something a bit more subtle, use plain sisal rope or a colour that complements the colours already in the room.

Decide on the height of your bedhead, attach the curtain rod holders to the wall and hang your branch.

Starting at one corner, tie the rope to the branch and let it drop just below the height of the top of bed.  Loop back up over the branch, and work your way along, tying knots as you go.  Check and adjust as you go – you want a relatively evenly-spaced 'web'.  Once you're finished, check for gaps and use the builder's line to tie a few sections together to add some horizontal/diagonal elements.

Voilà, your very own rope bedhead. Remember to try to keep a loose, organic feel and go with the natural rhythm of the rope.I styled it with plenty of colour and pattern for a fresh Spring look but you could also use it as a bold element in a more neutral room. Happy days!

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