Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Butterfly Mobile

Over the weekend I gathered together all of the cards that Beatrice has received and made a mobile to hang above her crib. You may recall that I created a mobile for Elliot using the cards we received when he was born. Although I loved the way his turned out, I wanted to create something a bit more delicate for baby girl. The final product, a sweet butterfly mobile.

To make your own you'll need:
- lots of baby cards
- a solid colored paper for the dots I used green scrap booking paper
- white craft paint
- double sided tape
- sewing machine
- 2.5 yards white grosgrain ribbon (.25" width)
- 1.5 yards pink polka dot grosgrain ribbon
- embroidery hoop
- circle cutter
- glue gun
- bone folder (optional)

Step 1: Paint the inner loop (the one without the hardware) of the embroidery hoop white.

Step 2: Use Google images to find pictures of butterflies. Copy and paste them into word. I used 4 butterflies ranging in size from 2 inches to 4 inches across. Print your butterfly word doc on and cut out the butterflies.

Step 3: Use your new butterfly templates to trace butterflies on your cards. Place them over interesting designs, text, images etc. Cut out all of your card butterflies. You'll need 18 pairs. I recommend cutting out 10 for each template.

Step 4: Use your circle cutter to cut circles out of your solid colored paper. You'll need 36 circles. My circles were 1.5" in diameter.

Step 5: Cut out 6 strips of ribbon to attach your circles and butterflies to. My strips were 15" long.

Step 6 (optional): Use the bone folder to fold your butterflies in half. This will help to give the mobile when it is hanging. I did not do this because I found that after sewing the butterflies I achieved enough of a fold by pressing back the wings.

Step 7: Using double sided tape attach your butterflies and circle to the ribbon. I attached three butterflies and three circle to each of my strips. Three started with circles and ended with butterflies and three started with butterflies and ended with circles. Use the double sided tape sparingly, its only purpose is to hold the cutouts together when you run the strip through the sewing machine.

Step 8: Sew a straight stitch down the length of each ribbon strip.

Step 9: Using a hot glue gun, glue your ribbon strip to the hoop. To determine the spacing between each strip determine your hoops circumference (diameter X 3.14) and dived by 6. To dress up my hoop I used the hot glue gun to affix pink polka dotted ribbon to it.

Step 10: Hang your mobile using fishing line or clear thread used for jewelry making.

Have you found or come up with other creative uses for baby cards? Send them my way and I'll share them with my readers. Also don't forget to enter to win my first giveaway. All entries must be submitted by 5 PM EST this Thursday.


spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Looks great, Amanda! You are so creative and talented. Hugs to you, baby B and big boy E!

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Fran said...

How amazing - a forever keepsake! It's absolutely stunning!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful mobil!!! I love it. If I have another baby, I will try to make one like yours! Beautiful!! -Kaho


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