8.30.2010

DIY NURSERY MOBILE

I finally finished the the mobile for the nursery! And while it was an easy project, it definitely took some creative thinking to get it right!

I started with one of these needle point “hoop” or rings (what is the correct term?)

I found a bunch at Goodwill for 99 cents!

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Took out the inside of the ring

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I primed it because it was bare wood

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While the primer dried

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I decided to work on the objects that will hang from the ring.

The wooden bird cut outs were found at Michael’s and the trees and owls were found at Hobby Lobby ( the acrylic paint and mod podge can be found at either store)

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Starting with the birds, I had to decide if I wanted to paint them or come up with something else

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I decided to use scrapbook paper on them in three different patterns

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Turning the paper over (notice that everything I buy is on some type of clearance (these sheets were 10 for $1!)

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I traced the birds on the back of the paper

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Then I cut it out using the boys craft scissors!

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And traced the bird on the other side

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I tried to peel the sticker off of the bird but it didn’t come off that well, so I decided to just let them stay…

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I applied my first layer of mod podge to the wooden bird and then placed the paper cut out on top

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Then, on top of the paper, I applied another layer of mod podge

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I love how the different patterns work together

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**Side Note** If there is excess paper after you have glued it to the bird, use an X-acto knife to trim the edges

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Moving back to the 'ring’ I chose a paint color and began painting

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The color is ‘Seafoam Green’

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After the ‘ring’ was painted and dry, I had to figure out how to hang the birds from it

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I started with two nails and a hammer

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by the way, I used another ring to test my idea which was great because as you can see from the image below, the larger nail split the wood

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small nail it is! Just nail a small hole into the ring

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nail as many wholes as you need

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Since that went so well, I did the same thing would work with the birds, owls, and trees

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I used clear monofilament **i say fishing line!**

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and threaded it through the birds and the ring'

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Here is a glimpse of the mobile in the room!

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(the string is not that visible in person)

And while I was there, I hung the wall cards! (Last night I received a call from my sister telling me they were falling…great just great!)

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I have yet to finish the changing table and the pillow covers should be here by Wednesday! Sooo….hopefully I’ll have a finished nursery to show you next week. Oh and if we’re lucky, a baby too!

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16 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

What a great project for a lucky baby and mama! You really went above and beyond and it was so worth it! Adorable!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

The birds you covered with the pretty papers look fantastic! Love the finished result, and I see what you mean...it took a lot of creative thought to figure out how to put the whole thing together! Great job...Janell

TowardstheHorizon said...

The mobile is precious. I hope you don't mind me borrowing this project for my grand daughter. She needs a mobile, but I couldn't find one I liked well enough.

You're so creative and thrifty. I love seeing what you're doing next. I'm always inspired.

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

Too cute Lakeitha!! Makes me what a mobile for my room, too! The little owls are a hoot!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Fabulous work! What did you use to hang the cards on the wall? And you know I'm partial to owls, they look so cute.

Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

This is lovely! well done! xo

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

The mobile looks adorable! Can't wait to see the rest of the nursery

Mrs. Chic said...

I love the mobile it looks so cute, using the paper was a great idea. I love the alphabet cards on the wall....right above the sofa looks very nice! Looking forward to seeing more

emily said...

very cute! What did you use to hang those alphabet cards? I did some and used these removable hanging strips from 3M and they worked like a charm!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

You are so creative and I love that everything you bought was on sale! My kinda girl!!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

That mobile is too cute for words

Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

That is adorable!!! The owls are killing me!

MzMannerz said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that mobile!!

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Darling!! I love that you covered the birdies with paper. Great idea!! You are such a sweetie to help withthe design. What a great Aunt!!

Lexy of BeautyFash said...

WOW this came out so cute!! I love the colors you are using. Very vintage-mod. Great job!

Lexy of BeautyFash

April said...

I love this! So cute!