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{Hanging Hearts} DIY Valentine’s Mobile

I have never really decorated for Valentine’s Day.  I have nothing against the holiday, but I guess I’m usually still recovering from the Christmas season (yes, still!) and also preoccupied with hopes and dreams of springtime that my brain nearly skips it altogether except for a quick romantic dinner with my husband.  Slowly that’s changing as our boys are getting a bit older and I want them to be aware of what different holidays are and why we celebrate them.  So to get us all more in the V-day mood, I made this Valentine’s Day heart mobile.  (Love really is in the air!)    ;)

I got my inspiration from those gorgeous butterfly mobiles that you often see in pictures of a little girl’s nursery or bedroom.  Usually they’re pale pink and so light and airy, like the butterflies are literally flying right above you – gorgeous!  I’ve always wanted one, but I really don’t think it would go with my sons’ decor.  Here’s one from Pottery Barn Kids:

Just lovely.  Except I wanted a little more impact.  More hearts = more love, right?

Here’s what I used:

  • Medium heart-shaped paper cutter, the only item I had to buy for this project
  • Various patterns of scrapbook paper and some construction paper
  • Clear Stretch Magic cord, usually used for making jewelry
  • Embroidery hoop that I rarely used
  • Clear tape, scissors

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First I cut about a million little hearts out of the paper… and more… and more…  Then I estimated how long I wanted the strands to be and cut them.  Then I started taping the hearts to the cord, many of them double-sided except for the solid pink and red ones.  I put about 5-6 hearts on the shorter strands.

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

With the shorter strands, I taped them about 1 1/2 – 2 in. apart on the embroidery hoop.

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

For the longer strands (I made four), I doubled the length so there are about 10-11 hearts on each of them.  Last, the longest strands (I have three) have about 14-15 hearts each.

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

Then I cut two long strands for hanging the mobile and crossed them over the middle to have all four ends tied equally apart around the hoop.  Next I cut four more pieces and tied them across the inside of the hoop for hanging the longer strands.

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

Then I tied the rest of the heart strands to the cord inside the hoop with the longest strands closest to the center of the grid pie.  (I keep calling it a grid in my head but does it have to be a pie since it’s a circle?)  Here’s a view from above after all the strands were tied on:

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

I decided to hang it in an empty corner of my dining area so we can all enjoy looking at it. My husband came home from his business trip and couldn’t believe that I made it!  Here’s the view from under the mobile:

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

And an up-close view of all the pretty hearts:

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

And finally, in all it’s 30 inch (from hoop to bottom heart) glory:

Hanging Hearts Mobile I girlinthegarage.net - Perfect for Valentine's Day or in a little girl's bedroom!

And who knows, maybe one day I’ll have a reason to make one with pale pink butterflies…

xo Jen

61 Comments on {Hanging Hearts} DIY Valentine’s Mobile

    • Jen
      (January 25, 2013)

      Thanks DeDe! Yes it took a lot longer than I thought it would, haha. I’ll stop by your party. :)

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      • emilia
        (February 4, 2014)

        lovely! Congratulations!

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  1. anna
    (January 25, 2013)

    Absolument magnifique !
    Bon weekend.
    Anna

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    • Jen
      (January 25, 2013)

      Merci beaucoup Anna!

      Reply
    • Jen
      (January 25, 2013)

      Thank you Cathy. I read your post- you’re right, it’s almost the same story! It’s funny how much having kids changes everything! It’s more about them than it is about us anymore. :) By the way, I love the background design on your blog – I’ve been dreaming of a backsplash with that same pattern!

      Reply
  2. Joyce
    (January 25, 2013)

    I absolutely love this and have had the idea on my list of things to do for quite some time. I probably would use butterflies or snowflakes, though. Your clear directions and beautiful photos are what will probably get me off the couch and into the craft room.Thank you!
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    • Jen
      (January 25, 2013)

      That’s so sweet Joyce, thank you! And I love the snowflake idea- I might have to make another one now. You just inspired me too! ;)

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  3. Laura@live-love-scrap
    (January 25, 2013)

    Love, love, love this!!! I’ve seen butterfly mobiles before, but never a heart mobile. . . it’s so cute, I think you should keep it out all year!!

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    • Jen
      (January 25, 2013)

      Thanks for stopping by Laura – I just might keep it out a little longer! Hearts shouldn’t just be limited to Valentine’s Day, right?

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    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thanks Nancy, I’ll stop by!

      Reply
  4. Susan
    (January 26, 2013)

    I love this. Love is in the air. It will brighten up any room. Thanks for showing is how to make it.

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    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thanks for stopping by, Brenda!

      Reply
    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thanks Lynn, I appreciate it!

      Reply
    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thank you so much, Lola! Glad you stopped by.

      Reply
    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thanks so much Nessa! Glad to have you visit!

      Reply
  5. Sue
    (January 26, 2013)

    I love it!

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    • Jen
      (January 26, 2013)

      Thank you Sue!

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    • Jen
      (January 27, 2013)

      Thank you Leigh Anne. I will definitely stop by your party!

      Reply
  6. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    (January 27, 2013)

    Super cute – I’ve been wanting to do this with my daughter and her huge origami crane collection!

    Pinning this – have a great night.
    Kelly

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    • Jen
      (January 27, 2013)

      Kelly- cranes would also look amazing! And if they’re already made then the hard part’s already done. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  7. Abby
    (January 27, 2013)

    This is so gorgeous! My boys will roll their eyes, but I just might have to make one of these to add to our Valentine’s Day decor. I hope you don’t mind, I linked to this post on my blog bc I was just so smitten with it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    ~Abby =)
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    • Jen
      (January 27, 2013)

      Thanks Abby! I’m lucky my boys are still young enough to think the mobile is cool. :) Of course I don’t mind if you mention my project- thanks for letting me know though!

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  8. ChiWei
    (January 28, 2013)

    Very pretty! I have a hard time tying the strands to have it hang evenly, so I’ll try your method sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jen
      (January 28, 2013)

      Thanks! The clear Stretch Magic cord worked wonderfully. Good luck with it!

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    • Jen
      (January 28, 2013)

      Thanks for stopping by, Melanie!

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    • Jen
      (January 29, 2013)

      Emily, it did take a while… I worked on it for about 3 nights after the boys went to bed. Thankfully I didn’t have to cut out all the hearts by hand though! The paper cutter was great and the Stretch Magic cord was very easy to work with. You could also make a smaller version if you don’t have a lot of time to spend on it. Good luck!

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    • Jen
      (January 29, 2013)

      Thanks Heather! :)

      Reply
  9. OMGoodness! That is so cute and whimsical! I love it!! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/01/make-it-pretty-monday-week-34.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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    • Jen
      (January 31, 2013)

      Thank you, Kathryn! I would love to stop by your party :)

      Reply
  10. Diana Rambles
    (January 31, 2013)

    These are so pretty! They don’t even took to hard to make, but have a HUGE impact! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!
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    • Jen
      (January 31, 2013)

      Thanks for the sweet comment Diana. :)

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    • Jen
      (February 3, 2013)

      Thank you so much Kathryn! Now I’ll drift happily off to sleep……. ;)

      Reply
  11. Marilyn
    (February 8, 2013)

    What a fun project…although I’m sure it was time consuming but worth it! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine’s Day Party!

    Marilyn

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  12. Jeanette
    (February 10, 2013)

    Thank you so much for visiting Homa Style and linking your Valentine Heart Strings and cute mobile. {wish I had a granddaughter!!
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Remember to visit again on the last Wednesday of February for the Inspire Me link party.
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    • Jen
      (February 12, 2014)

      That’s awesome, thank you Amanda! :)

      Reply

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