I love adding beautiful hybrid home decor things to my home. I have hybrid goodies that adorn my walls, but I want to go outside of the box to see what I could come up with next. So when I saw this flower mobile on Martha Stewart’s website I knew this would be a perfect addition to my home.
- A Beautiful Life Collab by Wendy Page Designs and MKC
- Bazzill Basics white cardstock paper
- Metal ring (you can get these at any craft store)
- Plastic beads
- Clear sewing string
- Pearl beads
- Inkssentials Glossy Accents dimensional glue
- Ranger Stickles
- Tombow Mono Adhesive
- Scissors (I recommend Tim Holtz’s Tonic scissors with the very fine tip)
Now you’re ready to get started!
Step 1. Printing out the flowers
I loved the one dimensional flowers used in the A Beautiful Life kit and thought it was perfect for the mobile. In CS5 I created a new sheet using a transparent background; this way it doesn’t print the white background since you’re already printing on white cardstock. Because the flowers on the mobile are going to spin you want to make sure you use a double sided image. I decided to keep keep the flowers somewhat “touching” when arranging them in CS5 for ease of gluing.
Step 2. Applying dimensional glue and glitter
After you’ve meticulously cut out each set of flowers it’s time to do the fun stuff! Grab your dimensional glue to give your flowers more dimension. You can choose to add dimension to certain parts of the flower or all of it. I opted for a subtle look by adding them in certain places of my flowers. But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to add your mini pearls for even more dimension!
What’s a scrapbooking project without glitter, especially if they come in a no-mess bottle. Since the big flowers already have dimension from the dimensional glue I wanted the smaller flowers to stand out by using the glitter. This will make your flowers shine when it’s blowing in the wind!
Step 3. Adding the flowers to your mobile
Now you’re ready to start piecing your mobile together. First decide on the length of your clear sewing string then attach it to the metal ring. Make sure to tie several knots so it doesn’t come apart. Using your Tombow glue, glue one side of the two set flowers. Put the sewing string in the middle of the flower and fold in half to seal the flower together. You’ll need to press the edges together really good so the edges don’t come apart. Alternate big and small flowers until you get the desired look.
After you’ve finished add the plastic beads on the ends with your pliers. Snip off any loose sewing string to make your mobile pretty.
Step 4. Add ribbon
The final step in making your mobile is to add the ribbon so you can hang it from the ceiling. I cut 3 pieces of ribbon each 15 inches in length. After tying each of the ribbon to the metal ring I held up the mobile holding the ribbon to ensure the mobile is straight before I tied the ends together. Snip off any pieces sticking out of your knot that’s tied to the metal ring to make it more clean looking.
The end result should look like this:
There are so many possibilities with this. I can’t wait to make my next mobile!
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