If anyone thought the Frazier & Wing Recycled Magazine Mobiles we posted about were Crave Worthy, but didn't want to spend 200 bucks to get one, look no further. Still Dottie has come up with do-it-yourself directions for making your very own mobile from recycled magazine pages that certainly look as pretty as the originals. So, I thought I'd pass them along.
Here's what you need:
To learn the steps to this mobile-making process,
The first step to making your mobile is creating the individual pieces.
- Cut out a shape from your cardboard/cardstock to use as a template for the pieces. Still Dottie used an oval shape, but there's no reason why you can't use a square, diamond, circle, etc.
- Gather magazine pages and patterns that you like.
- Use the pattern to trace multiple shapes on your magazine pages for your cardstock template.
- Cut out your magazine pieces. Still Dottie cut 200-220, but you can cut less or more depending on the size mobile you'd like.
- Use Mod Podge to lightly coat the top (not the patterned, colored, pretty side) of your pieces & let them dry.
- needle nose pliers
- jewelry wire
- sewing needle
- clear beading thread
- crimp beads
- small beads
The second step is creating the top of the mobile, which you'll hang from the ceiling (or wherever you'll hang it from).
- Shape an 8" piece of the wire into a half circle.
- Create circle hooks at each end of the half circle.
- Cut a 10" piece of wire, find the center and twist off a circle that will act as main hook of the mobile.
- Shape this piece like the other (a half circle with circle hooks at the feet).
- Wrap the second piece of wire around the first (create an x with the half circles pointing down.
You should now have a 4 branch topper to your mobile that can hang from a hook and has a spot for 4 strands of your magazine pieces to hang.
The third step is threading your magazine pieces.
- Cut a 4 foot piece of the beading thread. It may be longer or shorter depending on your own preference.
- Use a crimp bead and small bead to create a catch at the end of the string.
- Thread the clear beading thread through the sewing needle.
- Continue to thread the crimp bead, magazine piece, crimp bead, oval until you have used about a fourth of your supplies. It's important to remember that you want the best looking side of your oval facing the catch.
- Finish the line by creating an overhand knot.
- Repeat these steps three more times so that you have 4 strands of ovals.
The fourth and final step is attaching the strands to the topper and hanging your mobile.
- Place each strand's hoop through the circle hooks (feet) you created on the topper.
- Hang your mobile by hooking it to a ceiling hook. Voilà!
Click here to read Still Dottie's directions.