DIY Butterfly Paper Mobile

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My cousin is having a baby! That means I’m headed to a baby shower. Now, years ago I shot myself in the foot when I started making hand-made gifts. I made these sweet baby clothes Parfaits for one cousin, This awesome personalized pyrex for a wedding, This neato rustic sign for another wedding, Nail polish for a graduation party, and the list goes on. So now, every family get together, party or event, I feel the need to make something. Why? Because I don’t want anyone to think “Man, she must not like me as much as she likes X. I only got towels instead of personal embroidered towels.

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Not that it would happen. But it happens in my head and so I take pains to make a gift. And not just any gift. A heartwarming, kind and thoughtful gift. After getting back from our vacation I haven’t had much time, and things have been crazy at work. I was really starting to stress about creating something for my cousin. Then this paper mobile idea came to me. A lovely white cascade of flutterfing butterflies for baby to enjoy. How sweet!

What You Need:

  • Round Wreath Form (one or two depending on your design)
  • White paint (or any color, for wreath forms)
  • Ribbon (Long enough for all the strings you want)
  • Scroll saw (optional)
  • Large wooden beads
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Sharp knife
  • A bunch of cut butterflies, flowers etc in different colors of paper

How To Make It:

I was shocked at how quickly this all went together. I’m a big fan of working smart and not hard, I think this project is really easy to replicate!

  1. If desired, cut holes and little C shaped channels into your wreath form. Later, these will be used to attach the strings in a way that allows them to be removed in case of tangling/transport.
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  2. Paint the wreath forms
  3. Cut your ribbon to the desired length. Each of our circles has 8 strings. I cut 8 long ones and 8 somewhat shorter.
    Beautiful and Easy paper butterfly Mobile. | saynotsweetanne.com | #diy #baby #paper
  4. Begin stringing your butterflies. Be creative! I simply cut two slits in each paper butterfly and fed the ribbon through. I placed the slits in various places, had some butterflies folded etc to create the illusion of a dancing cloud of wings.  This was the most time intense part, as I cut all of my butterflies with my Silhouette Cameo and was very careful to balance different papers, shapes, and positions for the butterflies.Beautiful and Easy paper butterfly Mobile. | saynotsweetanne.com | #diy #baby #paper Beautiful and Easy paper butterfly Mobile. | saynotsweetanne.com | #diy #baby #paper Beautiful and Easy paper butterfly Mobile. | saynotsweetanne.com | #diy #baby #paper
  5. Where the ribbon is strung through each paper butterfly, apply a small dab of white glue. This will keep them from moving on the string.
  6. Secure the bottom end of the ribbon with a knot and a dab of glue.
  7. Secure the top of the ribbon by stringing through the wooden bead. I then filled the inside of the bead with glue to be sure the strings stayed put. Allow all the glue to dry.
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  8. Now its time to hang the circles. For mine I cut 6 identical lengths of ribbon, strung them around the circle and then tied a knot in the center of all the strings. This allows each ring to hang from 3 ribbons, and be at the same height as its companion. We tried a bunch of different methods before landing on this one- which is so simple! (Duh!)
    This is after I hung the butterflies, but it shows the three strands holding up the ring.
    This is after I hung the butterflies, but it shows the three strands holding up the ring.
  9. Now simply guide each butterfly string through the C channel until it reaches the end. The bead should be on top of the ring to keep the string from falling through. The C channel should be curved enough that accidental movement won’t be able to guide the string out. (If you didn’t go the C channel route, simply tie the ribbons onto the wreath and secure with glue.)
  10. Done!! I’m not sure how I’m going to pack this up to give away, but I LOVE how it turned out. It doesn’t even need to be for a baby’s room, it would make a great chandelier or wedding arch prop!
    Beautiful and Easy paper butterfly Mobile. | saynotsweetanne.com | #diy #baby #paper
Check out how pretty it looks in Peyton's room! I can't wait to meet her! ♥︎
Check out how pretty it looks in Peyton’s room! I can’t wait to meet her! ♥︎

 

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Kayla Domeyer

My name is Kayla and I am a Graphic Designer. That means that I love pretty things, and also that I like to make free printables! I'm so happy that you've stopped by to visit my blog, and I hope you will follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest or Instagram!! (Yeah, and I'm totally addicted to the internet).

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