Washi Tape Headboard - The Surznick Common Room

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Washi Tape Headboard

I've really been itching lately to switch up the look of our bedroom. For the past year our room has looked as you saw it in our bedroom tour, but my home decor style has changed quite a bit. What I used to think was fun and colorful in this room now feels messy and non-cohesive. We're working on changing and/or adding a bunch of things (like this DIY light-up sign and our new upholstered bench), but today I wanted to share our latest venture which has given us both giant emoji heart eyes.

We can't fit a headboard on the wall behind our bed, and it's never bothered us much, but I am kind of over the art we had hanging above the bed (this wire "Goodnight" sign and this DIY triangle art). They were fun while they lasted, but it's time to move on.

When I saw this washi tape skyline as a headboard alternative, I was like "I want you! I need you! Oh baby, oh baby!" like Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You, except I was being completely serious.

 via - also, I wish our bedroom was this light and bright!
Pittsburgh has one of the best skylines in the country, and obviously it's the place we love to call our home. I couldn't think of a better skyline to put above our bed! So we started measuring, cutting tape, putting it on the wall, and voila! We had this amazing washi tape headboard that we L.O.V.E.

Making this skyline headboard was super easy! I did a Google image search for silhouettes of the skyline and found one that I liked. I measured the wall and determined that I could fit 6 buildings that are about 6" wide with a little space inbetween. So other than that little bit of measuring, I just started taping and hoped it would turn out! We decided to keep our skyline pretty simple, but if you want to get fancy with the washi tape, you could make this as intricate as you want!

We're pretty smitten with our city, and I'm ecstatic to have a little homage to beautiful downtown Pittsburgh behind our heads every night. This washi tape skyline is no substitute for the real thing, but it'll do ;)

For more Pittsburgh-related posts, be sure to check out our magazine collage map, our restaurant passport, and of course our Best of the Burgh picks!

Sarah & Nick


  1. I absolutely love this idea :) It's especially renter-friendly type of DIY.

    Wish our stupid rented flat didn't have fugly wall paper behind our bed. cries.

    1. Thanks so much! We rent too, so we're always looking for renter friendly ideas! :)