Sky Mobiles

Recently I made these mobiles as an attempt to add some much-neededΒ color and whimsy to the building for my friend’s wedding reception. Β I was heavily inspired by the lovely example HERE. Β But I needed to do something on a much larger scale and with a different color scheme. πŸ˜‰ Β And thus, my project was born.

Sky Mobiles

The original example uses all vellum paper I believe and I did put some of that in there, but in retrospect, I’m not sure I would do that again. Β It probably depends on how soon you are going to use the mobiles after making them. Β But I wasn’t going to be using these for at least a week after I made them…and most of that time they were already hung from the ceiling of the building. Β Instead, I bought a number of packs of card stock in the scrapbooking aisles of a craft store. Β I opted to go with premixed colors of blue simply for budget reasons. πŸ˜‰ Β I chopped them up in different widths and mixed in some white vellum and white cardstock.

Sky Mobiles

The original directions recommended a small weight at the bottom of the strands of paper. Β However, I think because I used the cardstock I didn’t need anything. Β But that is what I purchased that sparkly beads for. Β I still think that they would have looked lovely twinkling from the ends of the paper mobiles, but I had to let that go. Β The beads found a happy home in the fishbowls, adding a little sparkle to the fishes’ lives. Β (Oh and for those of you worried about the fate of the fish, don’t be. Β They have a very happy home in my mom’s pond!)

Sky Mobiles

I found these fabulous predrilled rings at Michael’s craft stores made from Hardy board. Β I was able to use cording to create a way to hang the rings. Β And then I tied the ends of the strings of paper evenly around the ring. Β I ended up using three strands per ring…four was too many with the width of the paper. Β I also found that I liked the smaller cut paper (I cut widths between 2.5″ – 4″). Β The larger pieces just did not “dance” as well. Β I needed lengths of paper strands about 6′ long for my particular project.

Sky Mobiles

For easy transport, I bundled up each strand and wrapped them with some vellum paper. Β That way I could transport them from my house to the building to the ceiling! Β I also chose to wrap the rings with tulle for that extra bridal effect and to disguise the color of the original ring and blend in with the ceiling. Β I had a very helpful little girl hanging out with me while I had the supplies out. Β Let’s just say that she is all girl.

Sky Mobiles

I swear I didn’t pose her for this picture. Β She did it all on her own. Β lol. Β She’ll be a beautiful bride someday if she chooses. Β I’ll be saving this picture until then. πŸ˜‰

Sky Mobiles

The bride was thrilled with the blue decorations and a lot of people loved how graphic and simple they were but with high impact. Β I would definitely recommend this as a way to decorate for any of you. Β If you have a sewing machine, you can definitely do this! Β Just make sure to have a long stitch length so you don’t over-perforate the paper and change your needle afterward…all that paper will dull it. Β But go for it!

11 thoughts on “Sky Mobiles”

  1. That is an adorable photo of your little helper!! I read your original post of your decorations for the wedding (and didn't comment at the time)– but you did a most amazing job with all the decorations. Everything was absolutely fabulous!! You are very talented. (btw, I'ma new follower)

  2. Such a sweet photo of your little girl! Those decorations looked fabulous. You did a great job. You have a very lucky friend.

  3. wow i have a science project and this helped me to learn how to make a mobile for my assignment you rock thanx so much and also thank u for showing me where to get everything from and what to ask for ur are soo great thanx for making website

    p.s. ur daughter is the cutest thing omgosh

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