Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Baby Bird Nursery Mobile: Day 5

Baby Bird Nursery Mobile

This adorable mobile is SUPER easy to make!

 Gather your supplies:

  • Small grapevine wreath

  • (7) 1/2" X 22" fabric strips

  • (4) sheets of cardstock

  • Paper Glue

  • Glue Dots

  • 8 buttons

  • Xacto knife

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Hole punch

  • Cutting Board 

Create a pattern for the body, wings and beak for the birds. 

Fold your cardstock in half with the printed sides together. 

Trace one of each body part onto the paper and holding the paper together, cut them out. 

You will have two identical pieces of each body part.  Glue the wing and beak pieces together with the unprinted sides together  Line the pieces up as closely as you can. 

Add glue to one side of the body and place the beak where it belongs.  Add the final body piece and place all of the glued pieces under a heavy book to dry and flatten. 

While you are waiting for them to dry, take (3) of your fabric strips.  Fold them in half, end to end, and tie an overhand knot at the centers incorporating all pieces. 

Next, take the ends in groups of two and tie them to the wreath spaced equally around the wreath and about 8 inches from the knot.  

You may want to leave the pieces to dry overnight, depending on how quickly the glue you used dries.  If you used paper glue, it may be dry now and you can begin to build your birds.  Take your xacto knife and cut a horizontal slit in each bird.  Next, add a glue dot to each button and place the eyes on both sides of the body.  Use a hole punch to create a hole at the back of the head about a 1/2" from the edge.  

Fold your wing pieces in half and slide them through the slit you created.  Thread a piece of fabric through the hole in each bird.

Even out the fabric ends for each bird and trim them: cut 1" off one, 2" off one and 3" off one.   Pull one end of fabric through a loop in the wreath and tie both ends into a  single knot.  Do the same to each evenly spaced around the wreath.  

You may choose to trim the excess fabric but I like the look of it so I decided to keep it.  I attached the mobile to an existing mobile base so it willl sing and spin.  As baby grows however, it will have to be moved from the crib to a light fixture, fan, or attached to the ceiling. 

Once again! Thanks for Checking out my tutorial!  Please join us!

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