Check out what I made this weekend: a heart mobile for Valentine's day to give our pad a punch of cheerful color. I'd been wanting to make a mobile using a simple embroidery hoop since I'd seen this Christmas mobile made by Abby. And I was beyond inspired by the most amazing heart-themed baby shower on Inchmark. I loved the color palette that Brooke used (going beyond expected reds and pinks with hearts) and I thought the hanging hearts looked so sweet stacked on top of one another. With those two bits of inspiration in mind, I set to making my mobile on Saturday. It was a simple project — I used a few shortcuts to make it even easier on myself. I heart the end result.
my color palette: shades of pink, yellow, turquoise, and a smidge of red
I think hearts are one of the most difficult shapes to cut perfectly — so I used a heart paper punch. See below the fold for the full how-to on making this mobile.
supplies you'll need
paper: I used double-sided cardstock paper from Paper Presentation, so when the hearts turn and move, you see different colors on each side.
how to make the mobile:
1. Punch out hearts using paper punch. (I made about a dozen hearts per strand.)
2. Cut pieces of baker's twine that are the length you want the mobile to hang off the hoop.
3. Lay out hearts for each piece of twine — mix up the colors to keep it loose.
4. Apply glue stick to the twine, then press hearts down so each heart is centered on the twine. I used a glue stick because I'm still learning how to work my sewing machine. Brooke sewed the hanging hearts she made, and they looked lovely. The glue stick worked well for me as an alternative shortcut. And the hearts really do stick! Glue stick is such a wonder tool.
5. Loop and knot the twine pieces around the hoop, spacing them out. Add three pieces of twine to the hoop and tie them together to hang mobile from the ceiling.