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Project

Graphic Mobile Party Decoration

Introduction

Graphic mobiles made from construction paper and embroidery hoops can serve as party decor as well as a take-home nursery decorations for any baby shower celebration.

Materials

  • Art-quality colored construction paper or card stock (available at art-supply stores)
  • Embroidery hoops or basket hoops (we used 18- to 20-inch hoops)
  • Colored waxed twine
  • Eyelets

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Determine the length of your mobiles. Remember, you want the mobile to have various lengths of circles to make it visually interesting. Cut the various lengths of waxed twine. Double the twine strings (as if you are going to thread a needle). Tie the loose ends in a knot. 

  2. Step 2

    Slip finished end through eyelet and pull through. This will create a slip knot. Repeat with all other lengths of twine and attach around diameter of hoop.

  3. Step 3

    You will want to repeat the same slip knot with the waxed twine to hang the hoop from the ceiling or beam (as we did). Once you have doubled the twine and made a slip knot at three points around the hoop, tie the unfinished ends of each in a knot and then tie all three knots together and hang from a cup hook in the ceiling.

  4. Step 4

    For the circles, choose varying sizes and colors and cut freehand; you can also purchase already cut card stock in circular shapes. Use a 1/8-inch hole punch to punch a hole at the top (about 1/2 inch from the rim of the circle). Attach eyelets to circles with eyelet punch (available at scrapbooking sites and art-supply stores).

Source
Blueprint, July/August 2007

Reviews (10)

  • misshill 29 Aug, 2010

    Mscook. . I may be a late but the eyelets are in the circles that you cut out of the stock cards or paper. :-)

  • mscook 28 Dec, 2009

    This may be a dumb question, but the eyelets for the mobile aren't actually supposed to be inserted through the hoop, are they? I am a little confused on if they do, and if they don't what is their purpose? Help!

  • twinklebatlove 13 Aug, 2008

    I'm pretty sure that you all know this is for inspiration; a starting point. If you think buying in food is expensive, find it locally or make it! I imagine they try to use vendors that their readers can access, so it is going to be more expensive than a local grocery. Why would you just comment to say it is expensive? Buying some food in for a larger event is often more practical. It gives you more time to focus on things you want to do and cuts back on things going awry in the kitchen.

  • Since1982 9 Jul, 2008

    pheakso: I suspect that the food was deliberately purchased from stores that offer ready accessiblity. Living in Alaska as I do, I can tell you shopping can be darned difficult. I am one who appreciates knowing about vendors who are accustomed to dealing with mail orders, and/or are large enough that they may have opened a store in my area.

  • nessa_ellen 12 May, 2008

    You can get mochi for much less than that at the grocery store, or even less that that if you have an Asian grocer nearby.

  • creativeT 27 Apr, 2008

    I agree that it is far too costly. Mochi ice cream for almost $50?!! Very cute themes and colors but if modern means expensive, I'd rather go with traditional.

  • odunahoo 24 Apr, 2008

    Far too costly for a shower.

  • gracejane26 2 Feb, 2008

    I made this using fishing line instead of the twine for a cleaner look - it lookds great in my baby's room and matches perfectly. Easy project!

  • aQTforever 1 Feb, 2008

    You can actually get the twine at Michael's Craft Store, where Martha Stewart Crafts are sold. There are solid colors and multicolored ones (my fav). Hope that helps!

  • CookinKaren 29 Jan, 2008

    Where do you get the waxed twine>