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Graphic Mobile Party Decoration

This DIY idea serves a dual purpose: Hang it for a modern display during the baby shower, then gift it to the expectant parents-to-be for their baby's nursery.

Photography: JONNY VALIANT

Source: Blueprint, July/August 2007

Introduction

Graphic mobiles made from construction paper and embroidery hoops can serve as party décor as well as a take-home nursery decoration for any baby shower celebration. Embroidery hoops make a simple, yet base for the mobile. Pictured here, we used a variety of 18- to 20-inch hoops to hang from the ceiling. As for the colorful circle shapes, we recommend using art-quality colored construction paper or card stock (available at art-supply stores).

 

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materials

  • Card stock, in multiple colors

  • Embroidery hoop

  • Colored waxed twine

  • 1/8-inch hole punch

  • Eyelets

  • Eyelet punch

  • Cup hook

  • Scissors

steps

  1. Determine the length of your mobiles. Remember, you want the mobile to have various lengths of circles to make it visually interesting. Cut 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. Slip the finished end through an eyelet and pull through (this will create a slip knot); repeat with all other lengths of twine and attach around diameter of the hoop.

  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. For the circles, choose varying sizes and colors and cut freehand. (Note: 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).

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