This beautiful bird mobile is a wonderful gift for new moms and a perfect way to add a little charm to any nursery.
Tools and Materials
1/8-inch armature wire
Brown floral tape
Pink and green card stock
Flower craft punch
Leaf craft punch
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Bird Mobile How-To
1. Print templates onto heavyweight paper. Cut out shapes with a craft knife. Punch holes where marked.
2. Assemble birds, running white glue along the slits to secure pieces in place. Thread a 6- to 12-inch (depending on how low/high you want your bird to hang) length of embroidery floss through each hole.
3. Cut 12- to 18-inch lengths of 1/8-inch armature wire with wire clippers. Wrap with brown floral tape. Repeat with a couple different lengths of armature wire. Attach 3 to 4 lengths together to form branches.
4. Punch flowers from pink card stock. Punch leaves from green card stock. Punch a hole in the center of each flower and bend petals upwards.
5. Double-knot embroidery floss a quarter inch from one end, then cut 2 inches down from knot, creating a stamen (knot and above) and a stem (below the knot). To stiffen embroidery floss, dip it into glue and run through your fingers to spread glue down floss; let dry.
6. Feed the "stems" through the holes in the center of the petals to create small flowers. Hold a flower upside-down by stem, put a dab of hot glue onto the underside of the hole, and add a leaf. Repeat with all punched flowers.
7. Use floral tape to attach flowers to branches. Tie birds to branches, balancing against each other, to finish mobile. Tie a length of embroidery floss or monofilament to the center of the mobile to hang.
Paper and tools are available from Martha Stewart Crafts. All other materials are available at most crafts stores. For more fun ideas, check out these crafts for kids and handmade baby gifts.