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April 10, 2012

While the nursery isn’t quite complete, I thought I would share the latest handmade addition. My friend Kirsten is due to have a boy just two months after me (lucky babies) and came up with the idea to make wooden tree mobiles inspired by the background of this photo shoot from Maddy Lucas. One crafternoon later, we had a finished product to amuse our little buddies. Here’s how we went about making them.
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Supplies:
- starter veneer kit
- scissors
- small hole punch or needle
- embroidery hoop
- clear monofilament (found in the jewelry making supply) or fishing wire
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Take the veneer and start cutting trees in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The wood is thin enough that you can just use scissors but very fragile so be prepared for some throw aways. We freehanded the trees so they would have a slightly wonky look but for a more uniform look, you can use a stencil.
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When you have a good variety, take a tiny hole punch or needle to create a hole near the top of each tree. Once again, be careful or the veneer will just split in two. I made extras to cover my lack of carefulness.
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Take the monofilament or wire and string and knot through the small hole you created. Trim to desired length than knot around the embroidery hoop. Once you get a few on there, have someone hold the hoop up or balance it on a chair to keep the wire from getting tangled. Vary trees around the entire circumference until you’re satisfied with how it looks.
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Knot wire to opposite sides of the hoop and hang from a ceiling hook.
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Project mobile complete.

Okay kid, you can come out now!

51 Comments »

 
  • On April 10, 2012 , casey said:

    looks so good! great job! love all the mixed woods.

  • On April 10, 2012 , Polly said:

    Aww so lovely! Really pretty and so nice that it’s homemade as well. Would love to see the nursery when it’s done :) x

  • On April 10, 2012 , Gloria said:

    This mobile goes so perfectly with the little stuffed fox!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Shannon(8foot6) said:

    Love this!
    I am pinning it!
    I can’t believe this just popped into your head! so creative!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Michelle said:

    Love this – so creative.

  • On April 10, 2012 , Georgina said:

    Those are gorgeous – I love wooden accents! Thank you for sharing.

  • On April 10, 2012 , Kelly said:

    i love it! Parker does too, he said “wow, cool” when he saw it!

  • On April 10, 2012 , shelby@honeysuckle said:

    adorable! I’m trying to think of a cute one to make for my little man on the way!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Molly the waffler said:

    Lovely! Now start taking walks, eating Indian food, drinking castor oil, etc. so we can see this baby!:)

  • On April 10, 2012 , Cecilia Madden said:

    dreamy!! what a lucky kid :)

  • On April 10, 2012 , Megan said:

    Best mobile yet! I love it.

  • On April 10, 2012 , girloliver said:

    LOVE it!!!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Katie said:

    Adorable. Yup, Baby it’s time to come out now that’s for sure!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Christi said:

    Oh, so cute! Looks like the nursery is shaping up to be adorable – as expected :) Just need that sweet little babe, now!

  • On April 10, 2012 , kirsten said:

    such a great DIY to do together. Our boys will love it! I was inspired by my friend Maddy Lucas’s photography and this amazing background she made for a photo shoot: http://madelynephoto.blogspot.com/2010/11/emily-in-woods.html

  • On April 10, 2012 , Audrey - This Little Street said:

    This is such a cute project! I tried pinned, but for some reason I can’t pin from your website – is that normal?

  • On April 10, 2012 , w said:

    oh my god this is amazing!!!! WANT!!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said:

    mmmmkay. I will pay you to make one to hang over my bed. In love with all of this.

  • On April 10, 2012 , sha said:

    very very lovely! and when baby is all grown-up you can use it as decor outside from the nursery, too. great idea.

  • On April 10, 2012 , Lena said:

    How sweet–and I’m smitten with that fox! I hope you’ll share when it’s all ready!

  • On April 10, 2012 , Rebecca said:

    Wow. This is perfect! I love the neutral color scheme.

  • On April 10, 2012 , Victoria@VictoryPaper said:

    This makes me smile!! Love the way it coordinates with the cute little fox toy!

  • On April 11, 2012 , dalton said:

    I am so glad I found your blog! I am just about to take on a mobile for a dear friend of mine due to have a baby in a month (perhaps I’ve been procrastinating a bit, I think….) This is just the inspiration I needed to get started. Thanks!

  • On April 12, 2012 , shalini said:

    What a great idea. Making something for your baby is such a wonderful way to give the nursery a personal touch.

  • On April 12, 2012 , Katie said:

    that’s awesome! I know you are dying to meet your little man!

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