I'm happy to introduce my first guest post from Sarah at Renewed Upon a Dream--I am guest posting over at her site today! We both have fun repurposing uses for embroidery hoops today. Hope you enjoy them today!
Hello! I'm Sarah I blog over at Renewed Upon a Dream. I'm so excited to be here guest posting for Kristina! I LOVE her blog. Everything she posts seems to be amazing, and her photography is always wonderful. Wouldn't you agree? So, I'm super happy to be here today, sharing with you a little project that I did for my cousin who is having her first baby in about a month. Yesterday on my blog I shared some other little gifts I made for her, but now I'm sharing a pinwheel mobile that I presented her with this past weekend.
I really wanted to try to make a mobile for her, but I pretty much had no idea what I was doing. I saw a photo recently of some cute pinwheels propped up in some grass for spring, and I thought they looked so cute & would be lovely hanging as a mobile. It seemed easy enough to create so I went for it.
The supplies I needed were pretty inexpensive:
- Large embroidery/sewing hoop
- Spray paint
- 4 sheets of double sided scrapbook paper
- Some kind of string or twine, I used stretch magic jewelry string
- Hot glue
- Buttons, pearls or whatever you like to put in the center of each pinwheel (I have pictured pearls, but they didn't work with my string, so I switched to buttons)
Then I got started on making pinwheels! I cut my scrapbook paper into 5 inch squares.
I then found the center of each square by measuring 2.5 inches in. I then cut from each corner, in towards the middle of the paper where I marked. I tried to cut pretty close to that dot, maybe about a half inch from it. You want it to be close enough to make a good pinwheel, but not so close that it's going to rip when you bend the paper over.
Once I had my cuts, I folded one corner of each side towards that dot in the middle and taped them together. I used two pieces of tape, one on the bottom & one on the top. I was careful to fold it over in such a way so that it wasn't creased, but almost, so that it would stay & lay properly. If you do this it will probably take a little trial & error, it did for me.
I soon had a bunch of pinwheels all over my table. I went through each of them & cut off the access tape.
Next I punched a whole in the middle of each pinwheel. I did this with a little hole puncher I had, but you could probably use a sharp needle too if that's what you have. I then cut my string. I cut 8 strings total. 4 were a little bit shorter, and 4 a little bit longer. On each of them, I strung two pinwheels. One a little less than halfway from the top, and one at the very bottom. I secured each pinwheel with a button.
As I made progress with this, I taped completed strings up to my ceiling fan, just to kind of see what they would look like. It was so fun working with pretty pinwheels above my head!
A couple of days later, once my spray paint was dry, I started attaching my pinwheels to the hoop. The string that I used is very slippery, so it doesn't hold a knot very well. If yours does knot well, you can probably skip most of the hot glue. I attached the 4 shorter strings of pinwheels directly to the hoop. Then I attached two strings across the loop, so that they crossed in the middle. I attached the 4 longer strings of pinwheels to those strings going across the loops. I guess it's kind of hard to explain, so here's a picture, although it's still hard to see, hopefully this helps.
I hot glued every string at their tie on point for extra reinforcement. Then I attached a couple pieces of yarn to hang it from, and I was done!
How cute is this!? I really love it. I kind of want one in my home & I don't even have any babies!
Pinwheels are so fun & spring-y!
Have you ever made a mobile before for a baby. What do you think of making one with pinwheels?
I really hope you liked this project. It's been baby-mania this month over on my blog. My friend is pregnant too & I made her a baby afghan & refinished a dresser into a changing table for them! Check 'em out if you're interested! Thank you so much Kristina for having me here!