This beautiful bird mobile is a wonderful gift for new moms and a perfect way to add a little charm to any nursery.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, April 2009
- Bird Mobile template
- Heavyweight paper
- Craft knife
- Screw punch
- White glue
- Embroidery floss
- 1/8-inch armature wire
- Wire clippers
- Brown floral tape
- Pink and green card stock
- Flower craft punch
- Leaf craft punch
- Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
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Print templates onto heavyweight paper. Cut out shapes with a craft knife. Punch holes where marked.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.