Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mobile Project

Most everyone has heard of Pinterest these days...if you haven't you are really missing out on a fun website!
It is a really neat site that allows you to pin pictures & fun ideas onto boards so you can do fun projects at home. I have gotten lots of decorating ideas that I have used & have even accomplished a couple projects as well.
This is a project that I found on Pinterest using paint chips to make a mobile or really just a fun decoration for any room. I wanted something different that would have the accent colors in it for the nursery & what better way to do that than to use paint chips! You can match those right up to the colors in your room!
So I went to work on it & thought I would share how it went.

Step 1:
Go to any store that has paint chips & grab a ton!
My brothers girlfriend Richelle & I took on this mission...I'm not sure just how "complimentary" the paint chips are but between the 2 of us we gathered several different colors & had stacks & stacks when we got home! haha

Step 2:
Gather supplies

I bought some wooden dowel rods, stick glue, some metal rings & twine. I already had a creative memories circle stencil with the cutting utensils, the mat board to cut on & of course the paint chips.

Step 3:
Cut out the shapes

I have seen lots of other cute shapes that you can punch out or cut, but following a specific pinterest project, I just did the same thing & of course I had it on hand. I chose the paint chips that I thought matched the best & just put the others away for something else.

Step 4:
Glue the circles together

If you were using paper cardstock or something along those lines, you most likely wouldn't have to do this step, but because paint chips are not the same color on both sides, you just have to glue 2 circles together. Paint chips are just a fun way to get some "free" easy to match colors for your room.

Step 5:
Connect the dots!

I didn't use a hole punch because that would have been too big & a regular pin punching through wasn't big enough! So I ended up taking a sharp pocket knife that Matt had & made my own holes. I just put the tip of the knife in the spot I wanted the metal ring & the twisted it enough so the ring would fit through. Probably more time consuming, so if you have a nifty little tool that would work better, by all means!
Once the holes were made, I just fit the tiny metal rings through & squeezed them together, some pinterst ideas have used string & other means to connect the circles, but I liked this look better. At the point of this picture I started out with a color fade idea, then later changed it to a more bold look. I connected about 13 circles together for each line. Tink just HAD to lay on top of anything I laid out.

Step 6:
Put it together

I didn't get any pictures of us actually doing that, but once all the dots were connected, I just chose 2 dowel rods that the metal rings fit around & slid my circles on. I crisscrossed the rods in the center & tied it with some of my twine. I had 2 circle lines (yeah not sure what to call those) per side & then one that hung in the middle so it would look like 5 across each way but I really only made 9. Once that was done, I tied the twine to the end of each rod & connected them to a little clear command strip on the ceiling. I let Matt take care of putting it up.

 It does move around & since the metal rings let the circles dangle & twirl, it can "act" like a mobile, but I'm sure this was probably more for my benefit than the baby's...I just wanted a fun accent decoration for the nursery & LOVE the way it turned out! It's very simple, in that, I wanted to use more rustic supplies so it would match the room better. The rope type twine & wood keep it looking more "boyish" & matches other elements in the room as well. Maybe Greyson will like looking at it because of the colors, but we will have to see!

Here is the finished product!

Like I said, just ONE of the millions of neat, fun ideas on sure you check that out & ask for an invite. You won't be sorry! =)

1 comment:

  1. Cute Megan!! Can't wait to see photos of little bean!!
    Aunt Sandi


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