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Friday, February 3, 2012

DIY Tissue Paper Pom~Pom Mobile! {tutorial}

I loved the idea of a Tissue Paper Pom~Pom Mobile hanging over my baby's crib so I came up with my own DIY project. I'll admit, I tend to "suffer" from a creative brain and I think up steps as I go. Hopefully they're easy for you to follow at home.

For this project, I wanted to keep the cost down to practically nothing. I live on a budget and wanted to challenge myself to add this in without taking from that. That being said, here is the list of items I used:

  • Homemade Tissue Paper Pom~Poms {Tutorial is over here!}
  • One, large embroidery hoop {mine is plastic and 10"}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper ribbon
  • Painting tape

The only items I needed to purchase ended up being the glue sticks for my hot glue gun and the paper ribbon. I found the sticks at my local dollar store and the ribbon at the thrift store for $. 50. Nice! 

To make my mobile, I first wrapped the thread around the inside of the embroidery hoop in different lengths and even distances from each other on the hoop. I taped the wrapped thread in place with the painter's tape. This bends and wraps easier than scotch tape and held everything in place. My main goal was to make it look the way I wanted it while keeping it balanced enough to hang level.

Then, I attached the outside of the hoop and tightened it down.

Time to grab that paper ribbon! You can use any kind ribbon you like, really. This just happened to be what I found at the thrift store and it worked just right.

Keeping the ribbon on the spool, I slowly, and tightly wrapped the ribbon around the hoop. It's really important to take your time here and keep it tight. I also put a dot of glue on with my glue gun every once in a while to keep what I had wrapped in place as I worked my way around.

Keep the threads in about the same area as you taped them as you wrap and glue down the end when your wrapping is done.

I cut 4 lengths of paper ribbon and hot glued the ribbon in 4, equally spaced spots on the hoop. These will be used to hang the mobile. 

 Then, gathering the 4 ribbons, I knotted them together and left long, pretty curls to hang free. I stood up with the mobile when I did this so I could be sure that I was getting them to knot at a good enough place for it to hang nicely.

Finally, I grabbed 2, white thumbtacks and tacked it into the ceiling, tacking up 2 ribbons on either side of the knot. The thumbtacks held it in place without problem and are still holding it there as I type. 

And when my baby lays down in her crib, this is what she sees. 

Isn't it purdy?



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