Tag Archives: grey

DIY Nursery Mobile

DIY Paper Nursery Mobile

An affordable and easy project for baby’s room!

What would Baby #2’s room be without some crafty goodness from Mama? Due in early May, I have less than 10 weeks to go, so the pressure is ON! I have to get his room ready for him so it’s nice and cute and Stickelberry-like.

IMG_6734

I made a mobile for Logan’s room the last time I was pregnant following this tutorial here that I found in Parents magazine, and while it did turn out cute, I found the process very awkward and had to re-do it several times to get it to hang right. Even still to this day the center hoop is off center and the whole thing is just slightly imbalanced. That bugs. The strands also fell off several times (thank goodness I didn’t hang it above the crib), so I ultimately re-attached each one using thick sticky dots. Here is a picture of Logan’s mobile – his room theme is Sock Monkeys!

So, I decided to come up with my own plan… for Baby #2’s room, the theme is a little more contemporary and simple, so I wanted a simplified mobile. Fewer stands, fewer circles…

Simplified Mobile

Simplified Mobile

I hit my local Michaels for the supplies and decided that instead of using the embroidery hoops, I would use a squared wooden dowel — well, two dowels, criss-crossed (I cut a long one in half).

Squared Wooden Dowel..err...Stick?

Squared Wooden Dowel..err…Stick?

I picked out the paper I wanted to use in my nursery room’s colors (White, Grey, Navy, Orange), and some jump rings and went home and got to work. Since I do have a decent selection of craft tools and had made one of these mobiles before, I already had some of the other basic supplies: 2″ hole punch, keychain ring, thin wire, exacto knife, thread, mini pliers.

Supplies

Supplies

Of course I had to throw in some bling — I just adore the silver glittered checkerboard card stock I found in the scrapbook paper aisle! The Navy has a nice sheen to it too – it’s quite beautiful.

Paper and Card stock in Baby's Color Scheme

Paper and Card stock in Baby’s Color Scheme

I started typing up a summary of how I made this ting, but it was a little wordy…. so it’s better to explain with pictures! 🙂

I hope baby likes it!

DIY: Paper Mobile Tutorial

Supplies:IMG_6691

  • Scrapbook Paper or Card stock — I used 1 12×12 piece for each color except the orange scrapbook paper and the silver glittery card stock. I used 2 pieces for those because they are not double sided. Depending on the colors/paper you choose, plan accordingly as you’ll need to punch out extra circles and glue them to the backs of the ones that aren’t double sided.IMG_6731
  • Jump Rings — found in the jewelry aisle. Mine are 9mm and came in a package of 85 pieces. I have many leftover but I couldn’t find a smaller package.
  • 1 Key Chain Ring — also in the jewelry aisle. I had a pack of them from other projects.
  • Tape Runner– I used my favorite one, Elmers! You could also use regular glue, sticky dots or your other paper adhesive of choice.
  • 36″ Squared wooden dowel/stick — these come in a variety of sizes. Choose one that suits your style!IMG_6694
  • Thin Wire, Thread, Yarn, Shoelace… whatever you want to use to attached the dowels together, attach the strands to the dowels, and to hang from the center. This isn’t an exact science – be creative and use what works for you!
  • Tools — 2″ hole punch, Exacto knife, pliers, hole punch (mine is 1/8″); again you don’t have to use the EXACT same tools as I do!

I measured the dowel and marked the halfway point (18″), then measured and marked where I wanted to hang the strands (every 3″), marking an ‘x’ where the two dowels would cross each other.

IMG_6688

IMG_6687

Measure out where you will cut the dowel, where the two pieces will cross, and where you will hang the strands

I used the exacto knife to cut the dowel (the wood is very thin and pliable).

IMG_6692

Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

I then used the exacto knife to notch out the center of the dowels where they would cross so they fit together like a puzzle piece.

IMG_6698IMG_6700I made a groove at each marking for the strands as well so that the wire I used to secure them would sit nicely and not move.

IMG_6696Next, I put the dowels together and used a piece of the wire to secure the two pieces …my piece was about 8″.IMG_6701

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Now on to the fun part — punching circles!

Punch Therapy

Punch Therapy

Woops – be careful not to do this 🙂IMG_6737

*ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use scrapbook paper or single-sided card stock, depending on your color scheme or preference, you may want to punch two circles for each one that isn’t double sided — otherwise it will be white. That may or may not matter to you… it did to me so I used a tape runner (Elmer’s is my favorite) to glue two circles together for the orange and silver circles.

 

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Once you have all your circles punched out, play around with your pattern or sequence for your strands. You can have them all the same (important if you’re doing a rainbow or ombre theme!), but I decided to have one dowel with one pattern, and the other with a different pattern, so it was mixed up a little.

IMG_6716 IMG_6717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now for some more fun… punching holes!

More Punch Therapy

More Punch Therapy

My hole punch is 1/8″ – you can use whatever size you like, but make sure not to go too far in to the circle, otherwise your jump ring won’t have enough room. I went in about 1/8″ from each end of the circle. IMG_6730Have I mentioned I LOVE anything that glitters?

So pretty...

So pretty…

*CRAFT BONUS: Confetti!IMG_6727

Now comes the labor intensive part. Attaching the jump rings. It isn’t difficult, it just takes time. You can use pliers if you need to, but I found it was quicker and easier to just use my fingers – I found the jump rings pretty easy to bend and put that together.

IMG_6735Link up all of your strands – be sure to put one at the very top of each strand, and no need to put one at the bottom!

IMG_6733

All linked up

Now, to attach the strands to the mobile – cut a piece of wire for each strand. I cut mine about 1/2″ in length.

IMG_6739Next, simply loop the wire through the top jump ring, and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove that you carved for it earlier. Repeat for each strand.

IMG_6742

Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel

Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove

Almost finished! This part I forgot to take a picture of (sorry!) but you can see how it is put together in the next picture…

IMG_6780Take the keychain ring and connect it to the crossed wire in the center of the two dowels. Then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring, so you have the dowels hanging from the two rings. Take your string or ribbon or fishing line or shoelace (whatever you’re using) and loop it through the jump ring. This will allow your mobile to spin nicely and keep it from turning lopsided.

IMG_6779

Connect keychain ring to crossed wire, then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring and loop your hanging material of choice through it

I tied my string in a knot and hung it from one of these bad boys..IMG_6764And here it is, hanging in the nursery (to be revealed later!)

Finished!

Finished!

That’s it! Not too bad, right? Definitely worth the effort for a super cute homemade mobile for your little one..

XOXO, D

 

Share This! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Paper Doily Now Available!

I received my swatches, made a few edits, and voila!

The following prints are now available in my Spoonflower Shop for purchase:

 

Paper Doily fabric now available on Spoonflower!

Paper Doily now available on Spoonflower!

Also available in RED!

redpaper

These prints are set with a brick repeat (staggered) – so a full yard will look like this:

Yard View of Paper Doily Fabric

Yard View of Paper Doily

You can purchase any of the colors (or any other of my prints) as wallpaper, gift wrap or fabric. Several different fabric choices are available:

Spoonflower Fabric Choices & Prices

Spoonflower Fabric Choices & Prices

I’m excited about them! Just waiting for some swatches in a coordinating design to come in so I can order and hit the sewing machine!

 

XOXO, D

Share This! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

More Design Updates!

Delivery Man Problems and Playing with Colors

So I mentioned I’m supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible, right? Yeah. What’s a gal to do when she can’t do anything? I would feel completely useless and lazy if I watched TV, so I just won’t do that…unless I’m also eating — then it’s OK because I’m really multitasking and I can’t do much else while I am eating anyway. Though I do eat a lot….

ANYWAY! I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop lately — planning baby #2’s room, ordering everything we need, thinking about how I can still grow my business without doing any sewing (Ha!), and brainstorming about designs for fabric that I can use for my own products. Normally I really don’t have much time to do this stuff, so I’m really not complaining!

But speaking of ordering things online… I ordered the crib online along with many other things for the room, right? Well, seeing as how I am almost 7 months pregnant and supposed to be limiting my activity (I’m not supposed to lift anything more than 10 pounds), I’ve been trying to catch the delivery guy when he comes to the door so that I can ask him to please put the packages INSIDE the door for me. Sadly, this has YET to happen! He knocks and runs away before I even figure out I heard something.

So today I was in my kitchen, which gives me a nice view of the front porch, and I SEE Mr. Delivery man walk up. So I get up and walk over to the front door expecting to catch him before he even knocks. I open the door, and this is what I find…

Thanks for the Crib

Thanks for the Crib

So obviously I wasn’t going to move THAT on my own. There is even a “Please Knock” sign on the door which he so rudely chose to IGNORE. I closed the door and let it go and went back to sitting.

About an hour later I heard a knock at the door, so I got up again and walked over to open it. Of course, there was no delivery man in sight, but I peeked over the gargantuan box blocking my doorway and saw this…

Gee, Thanks Again!

Gee, Thanks Again!

…and so, there they shall sit until my husband comes home and can move them into the house (hopefully without breaking his back?).

Now, Back to Work!

I really enjoy making the tote bags, so I wanted to expand my fabric collection to include some large print patterns that would POP on a big shoulder bag. I took my Flower Burst design and inverted it so that the background was dark and the flowers were lighter, and played with several different colors that I personally wouldn’t mind walking around town with. I wanted to make sure they coordinate with some of my other designs, so I can mix and match the lining fabric.

This is what I came up with! The orange is all new – I haven’t used orange before, BUT I think orange goes with a bright pink or a bright green quite nicely! I can use my other Flower Burst designs, my Chevron designs, or my new Paper Doily designs for lining. I’m looking forward to getting back on my machine…

Flower Burst in Solid Colors

Flower Burst in Solid Colors

Check out the other designs in my Textile Gallery and see what fabrics YOU think would look great with the new Flower Burst Solids. I’m always up for hearing what you guys have to say, and love getting your feedback and suggestions!

 

 

 

Share This! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail