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Paper Mobile DIY

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to do this refresh of one of my favorite projects. Originally, I made these Colorful Vellum Mobiles for Project Wedding. But, I’ve wanted to try the DIY again with smaller strips of cardstock instead. I love that the final product feels so delicate. When all hung up together, the mobiles look like they’re dancing. (PS – We used this same process to make the Circle Photobooth for our Mod Party!)

Click through for instructions…

Materials: Sewing Machine, Colorful Cardstock, Scissors

Step 1: Cut your sheets of cardstock into thin strips. (We use a stack cutter to make the process go more quickly.)
Step 2: On your sewing machine, leave a tail of thread at the beginning. (This will be used to attach the mobile to the ceiling.) Then sew down the middle of the first strip. Feed in additional strips of paper in random order and try to be consistent with the space left between each strip of paper. When you’ve reached your desired length, finish the mobile by cutting off any excess string.
Step 3:  Hang your mobiles at varying length above a table or as a photobooth backdrop!

Photography by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Production and Styling by Alison Piepmeyer
Crafting by Caitlin Barker

  1. Talina

    June 10, 2013

    I made these for a party 2 years ago and hung them in our breezeway (hallway between main house and loft over our garage) and they’re still up! I love how they dance around when the windows are open.

  2. Rebecca

    June 10, 2013

    nice and simple but so pretty! i’ve got to try this out!

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  3. giulia

    June 10, 2013

    this are beautiful! i want to get a sewing machine just to make them:)

  4. this is lemonade

    June 10, 2013

    these are so beautiful. i love the shades of green and khaki-beige you have chosen. just such a calming palette as well as looking delicate. thanks for the idea! i’ve had plans to break out my sewing machine for ages now. i can’t wait until i have the space to do so, my pinterest boards are bursting with ideas and i’ve just added this one too :)

  5. Meg

    June 10, 2013

    Love your take on garland. So cute!

  6. Rosie

    June 10, 2013

    I love them! I want more hanging space just so I can make these! They’re so fitting for this time of year too. x

  7. MFree

    June 10, 2013

    LOVE this so much and it is so simple to make. AWESOME!

  8. PARIS BEE kids blog

    June 10, 2013

    The animation is so much fun!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  9. 3girls1apple

    June 10, 2013

    This is a great idea for parties, especially baby showers. Thanks for sharing from

  10. This girl loves to talk

    June 10, 2013

    I tried your mod ones for my daughters pamper party, but I just didn’t have enough paper to do such big circles. So I just did what you’ve done here with pink tones. I thought it turned out nice and they are lovely when they spin and turn – giving a visual affect to a party.

    but now I think I should have cut the paper smaller
    (though I was trying for the circles so the paper was bigger strips and too late to change)

    thanks for all your wonderful ideas
    (i’m desperately trying to convince one of my girls to have a kite party!! darn kids don’t know whats good for them !! :)

  11. Mabel and Zora

    June 10, 2013

    Cute stripe tunic.

  12. LARY@Inspiration Nook

    June 10, 2013

    Love it! Wish I has a sewing machine right about now! 😉

  13. MaryJane Carney

    June 10, 2013

    Love this! I’m just discovering your blog too! You are certainly spreading the happiness!

  14. faye

    June 11, 2013

    that looks really nice!:D

  15. Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

    June 11, 2013

    These are so fun. I want to make some just to enjoy on a regular day!!

  16. Megan @ Lush to Blush

    June 11, 2013

    I love this! I will definitely have to try it!! Thanks for the instructions! :)

    xo Megan,

  17. Rebecca at thisfineday

    June 11, 2013

    Simple, yet so interesting and pretty! I love them!!! Thanks for posting :-)

  18. Sarah

    June 12, 2013

    Just tried this for a baby shower with pink paper… I wish I knew how to send you a pic, thank you for the idea!

  19. Kaisa

    June 13, 2013

    This is really cool! :)

  20. Michelle

    June 17, 2013

    Nice! I wish I would have known about this several weeks ago before my sister’s wedding shower. Shucks. Filing it away for later. :-)

  21. Nanny in NYC

    June 18, 2013

    Wow! This is so beautiful. It seems so interesting and full of fun. I try these ideas on my son’s Birthday which will in the next month.

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