A Baby shower is a great excuse to get crafty....
I spent hours searching online for something beautiful and unique
and was so excited to find this lovely flower mobile for a baby girl
nursery or little girls' room.
I could not wait to get to the craft store to make my purchases...
I bought the pink flowers and the ring.
I Asked the mom of the mom-to-be what the nursery
colours are (I had already bought the pink flowers)
so I was lucky that
the colours are pink and grey! perfect.
Bought some grey ribbon, beads and crystals... and was all set!
Now, how do I construct it??? I searched online and could not find a tutorial...
so decided that if I succeeded, that I would post one myself!
and here it is...
It was a long project... with trial and error
and I did it in several stages (even took it to a friends house
to get some feedback...)
so I did my best to capture as much of it in photos as I could
to help to get this tutorial made...
12 inch styrofoam ring
7/8 inch ribbon (main colour)
beads (I bought 2mm and also 4mm in two coordinating colours)
Silk flowers (I used approximately 30 main flowers with filler flowers that came as a bouquet)
Needles and fireline or fishing line
Hot glue gun and glue sticks!!!
FIRST the foam ring needs to be covered with the ribbon. I overlapped the
ribbon as I went along. Used two straight pins to tack it down at the start and finish.
I used a whole roll and bought a second to finish covering the ring
(and the remainder to hang).
I strung the pearls using needle and fireline.
At first, I thought I would tie the
fireline onto the covered ring, but decided that the hot glue would
melt it and the pearls would all fall off.
I decided to cover the fireline with tape and make these staple things using
wire to push it into the foam and hold the fireline
(and I used wire for the bigger
beads going toward the middle as shown in the photo)
I was very careful when adding the flowers to ensure that the hot glue
DID NOT come into contact with the fireline.
I suspended my project by sitting it on top of two tension curtain rods and setting up two
boxes on my sewing table and suspending the ring on the rods...
it was easier to work on it while it was sitting up and straight in front of me.
I added the teardrop crystals using wire and wire wrap technique.
I separated the stems from the flower tops. I put a bead of glue on the flower
(where I cut off the steam) to secure the flower.
There may still be a little bit of stem left ... (I will
address this issue later in the tutorial)
I set out the flowers around the ring to ensure that I had enough
I placed the foam ring onto a plastic container with rulers on top
(but under the ring supporting it)
while I added the flowers around. I just kept turning the plastic container as I went along.
Easier to turn the plastic container than the wreath with the glued flowers
I placed the ribbon bows on top of where the tape is holding the strung beads.
At this point, I added two strands of 7/8 inch ribbon each end wrapped around the foam ring
and joining in the middle (to hang the mobile from a hook in the ceiling)
No picture taken.. but hopefully you will work it out as I did!
I went around and hot glued the main flowers onto the outer facing part of the wreath.
The flowers have the stems cut off, but there is a little bit of stem left over.
You have to place the flowers a little bit to the side (left or right facing) as they will not sit flat
For a photo of what the flower looks like when gluing it on, I borrowed the photo above
from my silk flower wreath and ribbon loop tutorial.
For more complete instructions on adding silk flowers to a flat surface,
please visit that tutorial
It can be a little tricky... but it will be worth it in the end!
After the main flowers were hot glued on, I used the filler flowers in between the main flowers
and also added some ribbon bows as filler.
To make ribbon loops, visit the silk flower and ribbon loop tutorial
on this website.
This was the longest part of the project but so worth it.
I think the mom to be will love it!!!
It was made with love...