Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How To: Custom "Logo" Mobile


My fellow fashion-loving friend Alana is busy creating a custom nursery for her baby Will. She created some amazing curtains and is sewing the bedding set herself. Impressive. But, one of the coolest things she created was a custom "logo" mobile to hang above her crib. I asked her to put together a step by step tutorial on how to create your own and she agreed to help me share the project with my readers. So, get excited, this is an easy project that will make sure your nursery is personalized and unique!

What You Need To Get Started:
  • 3 different sized sewing circles (the inner portion, not the outer portion…I used wood but I guess you could do plastic if you didn’t want to paint them)
  • Fishing line
  • Weights
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Wooden letter
  • Husband to drill holes in wooden items (or, if you can do it yourself, even better!)

Steps:
  1. Drill a very small hole through the letter and the top of each of the hoops. Make sure the hole is only large enough to get the fishing line through. The hole cannot be bigger than the weights that will hold them in place.
  2. Then paint each wooden piece of the mobile your desired colors. Make sure that you do not let the paint dry in the holes that were drilled. Use a toothpick to clear the hole after you paint and before it dries. Once everything dries it’s time to assemble.
  3. Tie a knot at the bottom end of the fishing line and place one of your weights just above the knot. Place each weight as close as possible above the knot, the knot serves to prevent the weight from slipping. Drop your letter on the line above the weight.
  4. You will then need to determine the spacing of your circles. I went for equal spacing. Once you determine how close you want the smallest circle to the letter, put a knot in the line and a weight just above it, then the circle on top of that.
  5. Repeat this step for the remaining 2 circles. The purpose of the knot/weight combo is so the circles and letters can rotate 360 degrees without getting tangled.
  6. To secure to your ceiling simply place a screw in the ceiling and tie the fishing line around it and then finish securing the screw all the way to the ceiling to keep it in place. I then painted the screw head white, so it doesn’t stand out on my ceiling. Cut off all the excess string and you’re done!

How cool is that? Even if you are set on a traditional music mobile for above the crib, you can use this idea above the changing table or in a corner of the room. Thanks for the great project idea, Alana!

2 comments:

Jcbaron99 said...

I'm assuming you are using fishing weights? I love this idea!

colleen banman said...

fantastic! I love it!