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getting crafty: paper mobile

Ampersand Design Studio

Our girl, Laura, is with us again today, and she's cooked up another fun project—this time for baby! How fun would it be to create this mobile as a gift or a finishing touch for your own little babe? We love it! Take it away, Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by!
With several pregnant friends and cousins, I've got baby accessories on the brain! I've made a super simple paper mobile using scrapbook paper and a paper mache box lid I had stashed in my craft closet. This project is easily customizable by the paper you choose. See the instructions below!
Materials: Ribbon (1/2 yard), tape, glue, scissors, fishing line, paper mache box lid

Step 1: Cut your circles. I used a circle punch, but you can certainly trace something round and cut the circles yourself. You'll want three different sizes of circles and you'll need 4 pieces for each hanging element. For this example, I cut 8 small pieces, 8 medium pieces and 4 large pieces, to make a total of 5 hanging elements.

Step 2: To create the three dimensional circle, take one of your small circles and fold it in half, creasing it to ensure symmetry. On the spine of that crease, place a small bead of glue. (You don't need much!) With the creased circle, glue it directly to the middle of one of your flat circles, set aside and allow to dry. You will make two of these per size, making a total of 4 small ones, 4 medium ones and 2 large ones for this example.

Step 3: Next you will sandwich the fishing line in between two identical side pieces, by putting a thin layer of glue on each side and pressing the two sides together. Initially, I left the fishing line longer than I needed and cut accordingly once I figured out how long I wanted each strand. Repeat this process to finish each hanging element, matching up sides of equal size.

Step 4: Using the scissors, create a small hole in the middle of the paper mache box lid. Loop the ribbon through the hole in the lid and tie in a secure knot on the underneath side of the box lid, making a loop on the top.

Step 5: Simply using clear tape, adhere each piece of fishing line to the underneath side of the box lid. When completing this step, make sure each circle is spread equally around the circle. Also, you will want to adjust the heights of the circles to ensure visual interest.

Once each circle is in place, use the loop created by the ribbon to hang the mobile.