Elephant mobile… FINALLY!

I’m a little late getting this posted but it’s here at last!

I kid you not, I started working to make the perfect elephant mobile for Keelin’s nursery since early into my 2nd trimester. I had the perfect plan laid out, all of my materials chosen {thanks to a fantastmastic sale at JoAnn fabric}, and a vision that was too cute for words. BUT, no matter how many different ways I tried, I couldn’t get it to turn out the way I wanted.  Today I’m going to walk you through ALL of my fails {there were plenty} and finish with a BANG and my FINAL success!

Here goes nothing…

My initial inspiration came from the same bedding photo I mentioned in my elephant painting post back in October.

I loved the geometric elephant shape so much I wanted to turn it into a mobile.  I opted not to get the mobile that came with the snickerdoodle bedding we chose because, while the giraffes were adorable, I wanted to stick with the elephant theme AND I knew I could create something super cute without spending $50.

I grabbed myself a handfull of colorful patterns, cut out my shapes and started sewing.

The beige burlap pattern was a perfect match for the nursery and the multicolored ears seemed like a great way to incorporate a tone of color and stimulation without clashing with the rest of the room.

Unfortunately for me, the type of fabric that I chose just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to.

The edges were fraying, the stitching didn’t look right, and my dream mobile started slipping away each time I would try something different. Finally I realized it wasn’t how I was making the elephants, it was what they were being made out of.  I did some searching online and found almost exactly what I was looking for on the fabulous blog, My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset. I shot Mrs Julius an email to get some details and the answer was magically revealed… FELT!

Love the mirror detailing!

As you can see in the photo above I ended up with two mobiles! Keelin loves the one above the changing table and I’m still finding the perfect spot for the second… probably above the crib in some way.

I’m so happy with the way they turned out and so thankful that I found a way to make it happen for WELL UNDER the price of most bedding set mobiles! So much so that I’ve mocked up some other patterns perfect for any nursery! Chicks, paisleys, hearts, stars, clouds, you name it! I’m hoping to start an Etsy shop in the near future and make these for other mommies and soon-to-be mommies.

Until next time…

So what do you think? Would you buy one for your little one’s nursery?

Whimsical nursery mobile

Time for another easy DIY project. Perfect for any nursery but has many possibilities in just about any room! I’m totally in love with mine and actually got the idea from a Land of Nod catalogue that a coworker gave me. It wasn’t something that was for sale but it was in the background of a photo and I knew I wanted to recreate it. Something whimsical and classy for the nursery that wouldn’t be in the way but could be a great visual stimulant for Keelin.

Here’s what you need:

  • decorative {and preferably shiny} beads/gems/stones
  • stretchy jewelry cord {or fishing line… both work but the stretchy cord has a better overall shape}
  • wooden embroidery hoops or any kind of circular frame
  • sheer ribbon/tule/fabric for hanging and frame wrapping
  • hot glue gun
This project totally made me feel like a kid again as I was stringing the beads… definite flashback and tons of fun!
String the beads in whatever order you like, leaving space between them by tying a knot in the cord.  I incorporated pearls with rich colors like blue and red to tie in the beige and white theme of the nursery and to add a little extra shimmer.

You can see here how the stiffness of the fishing line creates a slight bend in the beading line. This straightens out as gravity pulls the beads on the mobile down.

String enough lines to fill up the mobile without crowding it and be sure {if you have multiples of certain beads} that you keep the patterns varied so no two alike beads are next to one another when they hang.  Here are some close ups of the beads I chose… love love love them!

What’s a little girl’s room without a bit of sparkle???
And here’s the final batch of hanging lines! {see what I mean about the kinks in the fishing line straightening out as they hang?}

Be sure your lines are separated how you’d like them across the embroidery frame before tightening and moving on.

The next step is to glue down the loose ends of each line so they lay flat against the frame. This will also glue the two pieces of the frame together, making sure they don’t accidentally come apart and cause you to lose your strands of beads.

Next, cut your ribbon/tule into small strips, long enough to tie in knots.

Pinch the center of each strand and tie around the wooden frame, making sure not to leave any exposed wood.

Tie four longer pieces equal distances apart to create a kind of teepee for hanging.

I decided to hang mine by the window in the nursery so the sun would catch the sparkle on the beads!

Here’s another one I did with some really colorful beads that I had leftover some project I did years ago. I put it in front of the mirror and Keelin is already getting fixated with them. It’s adorable.

And just so you know, I used an eye screw and some of the same fishing line to hang them from the ceiling. It’s an easy and sturdy choice but if you use heavier beads make sure whatever you use is strong enough to hold the mobile.

Until next time… 

Could you see yourself adding this to a room in your house? Which one?

Invitation ornaments… another DIY treat!

Hooray for another DIY project! It’s about time, right?

I’ve had to postpone sharing this project because I use images of an actual gift I made for some dear friends of ours and, being the genius that I am, kept forgetting to give it to them. I didn’t want the world to see their gifts before they did but now that they’ve got them {and love them} I can finally share with YOU!

TADA… invitation ornaments!

made from a bridal shower invitation

Adorable, right?

I was lucky enough to snag this idea from a gift of my own! The super sweet and fabulously stylish Mary Ann {remember her guest post?} made me one out of my baby shower invitation and I instantly wanted to steal the idea.

I never thought I'd actually miss my belly!

I had a number of friends get married this past year so I took advantage of Mary Ann’s brilliance and went to town creating a few of my own! It’s really simple and you can get as creative as you want depending on how decorative the invitation is.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • plain glass ornaments
  • a pen, paintbrush, marker, etc. for curling
  • scissors
  • event invitations

Cut the invitations into varying sizes of strips, making sure you feature important information like names, dates, locations, etc. be sure you get as much color in as possible too.

Using your pen, paintbrush handle, marker, etc. wrap the strips to create a curl.

Shirley Temple would be jealous of all my curls!!!

Remove the cap on the ornament and rotate the strips down into the base of the ball.

I used the “plain” and colorful strips first so that I could strategically position the strips with important information on them toward the end.

Like I said before, you can make them big or minimal in terms of design, based on what you are given with the invitation. I took the outside ribbon and label and created a kind of frame on the outside of the ornament. Use ribbon in matching colors to create a hanging loop and you’re good to go!

If the invitations are mostly white you can add strips of plain colored paper to add depth and make text easier to read.

So, what do you think? Easy enough, right?

Check out the where Mary Ann’s inspiration came from, in the original Pinterest post!

Until next time…

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Another Elephant Wall Hanging

It’s time for more nursery DIY fun! I’m a total loser for not getting all of this posted BEFORE Keelin made her grand entrance {something I know I still haven’t told you about but I promise I will!} but I’m sure you will be seeing tons of pictures of the nursery {and Keelin’s cute little butt} from here on out SO, I suppose it’s still alright that you’re getting the inside scoop now.

Z’s parents did quite a bit of traveling in their lives and one of the things they snagged along the way {I believe during a trip to China} was this beautiful mini-tapestry featuring none other than… ELEPHANTS!

When they heard that we were doing elephants as the main theme in Keelin’s nursery, they offered it up for us to use. I was thrilled and then a little stumped at how to display it.

I didn’t want to just hang it because it’s a little small to hang solo as a tapestry.

Frames can get way too expensive, especially because the shape of the tapestry would require a custom frame.

SO, I went with a cheaper option and snagged a framed canvas from JoAnn fabric {on sale… duh} in a size that most fit the shape of the tapestry. I made sure it was small enough so the tapestry could be wrapped around the edges, and large enough so the center portion of the painting would be 100% visible. I also grabbed some ivory ribbon and thermoweb {iron-on hem for easy hem jobs}.

I secured the ribbon to the edge of the tapestry using termoweb. If you’ve never used thermoweb before, it’s a fantastic product… especially for people like me who are slightly sewing challenged.

Needle and thread vs. Iron… Iron wins!

Once the hem is set and cooled, a hot glue gun is perfect for securing the edges to the canvas itself.

I folded the edges down to be flush with the canvas frame. Clean clean lines people!

I love the finished product and how the addition of the ivory ribbon bring a real linear feel to the rest of the tapestry. :)

Now Keelin can watch the parade of elephants walking above her closet!

I’m thankful that the beige and white color scheme I chose has allowed me to add tons of color splashes.

Until next time… 

What are some unique ways you have hung tapestries in your home?