I recently made a Pirate Sail "headboard" for my middle son and my oldest wanted a headboard of his own. I saw a version from Pottery Barn Kids but not the $600 price tag.
I also only wanted a headboard, not an entire frame. I decided to build my own version after the success of building a headboard for our master bedroom.
To start the build I measured my son's bed and estimated what I wanted the dimensions of the final piece to be. I bought some plywood and a sheet of pre-primed beadboard at Lowe's for less than $20 and cut it to my desired dimensions with a circular saw. I had other random boards on hand that I used to frame it out.
I used wood glue and wood screws for the assembly. It literally took an hour all together. I primed and spray painted the headboard with the leftover blue paint from the American Flag Pegboard that hang's over Jack's desk. Easy-Peasy!
I highly recommend that anyone who wants to start building their own furniture go run, not walk, to Ana White's site-its an amazing resource for how to get started and has literally hundereds of building plans. If I can do it anyone can!
Here's the finished piece. Not bad for less than $30 in supplies!