{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

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

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

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    • says

      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!

  1. says

    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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    • says

      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! ;)

    • says

      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?

    • says

      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!

    • says

      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!

  2. says

    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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