Over Christmas you may think I was taking a break due to my lack of blog posting. But really I felt like one of santa's little elves working towards a fast approaching deadline! You see my nephew, Will, decided to come a whole month early! And although he wouldn't be coming home for weeks I definitely felt the pressure to finish the nursery in a hurry.
So, I am back to share another piece that I prepared for Baby Will to enjoy while he is being rocked in his brand "new" rocking chair- A balancing bird mobile!!!! I fell in love with this (below) while I was searching for inspiration online.
ADORABLE isn't it!! It came as no surprise to me when I found out the brilliant minds from Anthropologie came up with the idea.
Here's how I went about making my own version. . .
1. First I gathered scraps of cool modern fabrics in all kinds of colors, patterns, and textures.
2. Next I cut a pattern from plain old paper to make sure I had a shape I was happy with .
3. Then I got to work cutting out fabric, which led me to this. . .
4. Now it was time to sew and stuff. Ok, actually I am not a super skilled sewer and I felt like hot glue would work just as well. So that's what I used. I hot glued all the edges and left a little opening big enough for my pinki finger to stuff some fluff.
5. At this point I felt the birds were looking a little too much like fish. So, I created a dart of sorts to curve the tail up which I liked much more.
6. Then after about four hours, 11 birds were done. This probably could be done much faster, but I was doing quite a bit of troubleshooting to make sure the final product turned out perfect.
7. The next step was to find some branches and then strip the bark off them. Or you could leave it if you like.
8. Next I commissioned my talented husband to balance it all with eye hooks and fishing line. This step is great for people who enjoy figuring things out and using their brain. Sometimes, I'm just not into that! But Tim is always up for a brain bending challenge. And I thought since this was his nephew too, it was high time for Tim to get involved!
Tim says the key is to start out balancing the branches and not to worry about the birds (because they weigh significantly less than the branches). Tim would lightly hold the branch in his fingers until he found the exact spot to place an eye hook. Even a 1/4 inch can make a big difference at this point. The branches don't have to be perfect, just close.
After you have accomplished this feat begin to add birds. Obviously the amount of birds you use and their placement on the branch are key. Just play with it until you have the look you desire.
Here's how ours turned out!
Although this project took a total of 5 1/2 hours, the cost and cuteness kind of makes up for it!!
birds (fabric scraps, hot glue, very little stuffing)- maybe $2
eye hooks and fishing line- $2
TOTAL- about $4!!!!! SO WORTH IT!!!