Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Projects by Rikki: DIY Bird Mobile

When I was planning and decorating my daughter's nursery, I wanted as many hand-made, personal items as possible. I purchased from Etsy, searched tutorials, etc.  One of the things that I absolutely had to have was one of those hand-made mobiles on Etsy.  One thing stood in my way: money.  I just couldn't bear to spend upwards of $50 for a few pieces of paper, some string and sticks/wood.  So I looked online for some inspiration and encouragement to make one myself.  This took me less than an hour and about $24.00 in materials, which I still have plenty left over for all sorts of other projects. The only thing I already had was the pencil and scissors :)
 
While I wish I could take all the credit, I did get most of the idea from this Martha Stewart project.  I took the idea, drove to Michael's and pretty much went with whatever I could find.
 
Here's what you'll need:
 

- A printed copy of this template
 - Colored/printed paper or cardstock
- A pencil
- Scissors
- A needle or small hole punch
- A wood/wicker wreath
- Embroidery thread
- Flower scrapbook stickers, small artificial flower pieces or DIY flowers from here
- Regular glue
-Hot glue gun and sticks
 
 
1. Cut out both pieces of the bird from the template.
 
2. Trace them onto the printed paper/cardstock and cut out the pieces. Since my paper was only printed on one side, I cut two of each piece and glued the white sides together so that my birds were printed on both sides.


3. Bend the body silhouette so that you can cut a slit in the middle of the body. This is where you will be inserting the wing piece.  Using a razor or exacto knife would be easier, but I didn't have one.

 
4. Insert the wing piece through the body like the picture below.  I added some glue where the wings meet the body to keep it in place. Create as many birds as you want; I made 8, using different colors and prints of paper.
 
5. I took a small needle and poked a hole in the middle of the bird's body so that I can thread the string through. I seperated the embroidery thread in half, so that each string was composed of 3 pieces of thread - I hope that makes sense. 
 
6. I threaded one end of the string through the hole and tied a knot so that it couldn't come back through.
 
 
6. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of the wicker wreath like the photo below.  You will want to vary the lengths of threads so that the birds are at different heights.
 

7. After you have tied your birds to the wreath, add the flower pieces to the outside of the wreath with the hot glue gun like the photo below.  I  used these stickers from Marth Stewart Crafts. I wasn't specifically looking for Martha Stewart products, they just happened to be the ones that I liked the best.


8. Lastly to hang the mobile, I screwed a hook in the ceiling above the crib. I tied each end of a whole piece of embroidery thread to either/both sides of the top of the mobile and hung it from the hook.

 
Here is the finished project!


This is my first real project tutorial, so I would greatly appreciate any feedback, suggestions, etc.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions!



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