Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fun Freetime: DIY Butterfly Mobile

Design expert Paige Hemmis recently demonstrated an awesome DIY on Hallmark’s Home & Family. Paige created a DIY butterfly mobile that would make a beautiful addition to any baby nursery.


H&F tune in: Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.
Copyright 2016 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee
Materials
• 14” Metal ring (you could also use an embroidery hoop or wreath – anything that is about 14” around)
• 25 yards of tulle ribbon, 5” wide
• Butterfly punch (large)
• White thread
• Sewing needle
• Scissors
• Card stock or scrapbook paper that is double sided – one side blue and one side pink
• Picture hanging wire

Directions
1. Take your metal ring and your picture hanging wire. Take two wires and attach them to the metal ring. Make a cross with the wires so that you have four quadrants.
2. Take additional wires to secure the middle section. This will give you four separate sections to hang your butterflies from.
3. Wrap your tulle around the metal ring to cover up the metal.
4. Cut the tulle into smaller pieces and tie them around the metal circle, making it look light and fancy.
5. Take your butterfly punch and cut out butterflies. You will need about 80 – 100 butterflies. If I do different colors, I will do 80 – 100 of each color.
6. Take your needle and white thread and double the thread at the bottom. Tie off the thread with a double knot. Make the length at least 15” – 20”.
7. Thread the needle through the middle of the butterfly at the top and the bottom of the butterfly (this will make the butterflies stay up/straight). They will spin, but that’s ok. Thread the first one near the bottom/end of the thread. Add additional butterflies up the thread a few inches apart. You can tie a knot in the thread at the spot you would like each butterfly to hang.
8. Take four pieces of tulle to tie around the base and meet in the top. You can tie a bow at the top if you would like. This will serve as the top of the mobile.
9. Voila! You have the perfect baby mobile for a boy or a girl bundle of joy! This is how you give the gift…then it’s up to Mom and Dad to turn the butterflies to blue or to pink by folding them in half.

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