Monday, March 14, 2011

DIY Baby Mobile



There were so many mobiles that caught my eye as I was looking for inspiration for little 'Pea Pods' room. I finally took a few ideas and combined them to make this one. It was pretty simple and I loved how it turned out!

Materials needed:

Colored & Patterned cardstock
Shape cutter
Thread
Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Ribbon
Glue Gun
Fishing Line
Hook



Cut out a variety of circles, ovals, whatever shape you like. I used ovals.


With a thread and needle string them together in any random order, varying the lengths of thread. 
For the best results use the smallest needle possible and double the thread. This ensures a tight fit so your cut outs don't slide away on you. You can also add a dab of glue to the underside of each cut out to ensure they won't move anywhere.

Tie each length to an embroidery hoop.


Wrap the embroidery hoop with ribbon, securing the ends with hot glue. In hindsight, I should have done this first before tying the strands on, but I was trying to hide the thread...so whichever way works for you! Doing it this way just means you have to equally spread out all the threads beforehand. I then used 3 pieces of fishing line to secure to a hook in the ceiling and then 'fluffed' each oval into the perfect place!

and....TADA!


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12 comments:

jess@notyouraveragemommy.com said...

Oh! This is lovely! I love the little birdie paper. Adorable.

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

so cute!!!

Lish said...

Thanks guys!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Adorable and clever!!

love it : )

Nicole | ChicCheapNursery.com said...

LOVE IT! I'm sooo going to share this on the site :)

Lish said...

Really?! That would be awesome!Thank you Nicole!

Erica said...

Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me how many ovals you used per thread? I am going to attempt to make a mobile for my nursery this weekend and want to be sure that I get enough cardstock!

Thank you,
Erica

Lish said...

I used 12-18 ovals per thread- I varied the lengths of thread so use that as your guideline...have fun!

Karima said...

What a lovely project! Saw you on link party, now google and pinterest following you, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Courtney said...

I love this mobile and have gotten half way with it, but am now trying to thread the paper discs together and am finding that they are just sliding down the thread, even when I tie knots under the discs. It appears you didn't have to tie knots with yours - any tips on size of needle or type of thread to use to keep the discs in place? Thx!

Lish @ Imprintalish said...

@courtney-I have heard from a few readers that had a similiar problem. I used the smallest needle that I could find so I think that helped a lot. Try adding a dab of clear glue to the underside of each oval? That might work, or doubling up the thread? Hope it works out for you :)