It’s beginning to look a lot like… the 4th of July! My patriotic bandana wreath greets friends at the door, my red, white, and blue chair is ready to seat an extra visitor, and now I have an eye-catching star mobile hanging and turning gently in my dining area.
I decided to make this patriotic mobile because I really love my hanging hearts mobile for Valentine’s Day and wanted one to hang in summer too. Who knows, maybe I’ll make more for other holidays! 😉
- Wood embroidery hoop (I only used the inner ring, and I painted it red to match the string)
- Star paper punch – I cut through two sheets at a time to speed things up
- Red, white, and blue scrapbook paper (I had two sheets of each design and used almost all of the paper)
- Thin string
- Glue stick
After painting the hoop I cut the strings at three different lengths. Then I glued the stars on (back to back, with the string in the middle). That took a little while! After tying some in place, I ended up cutting even more strands so the mobile would look fuller. The totals are below. Tip: Don’t glue your stars too close to the top of the string because you’ll need room to tie it on the mobile.
I made a pie inside the hoop by tying strings directly across from each other. I criss-crossed a few in the middle to make it stronger to hold the strands.
I also cut two long strings and tied each end to the hoop and then made a loop in the middle for hanging the mobile. I made a makeshift holder by sliding the loop through a paintbrush and setting it on my chandelier so I could tie the strands on easily. It may have fallen down 4-5 times, but it was still the best option I had for tying all the strands on. 😉
I tied the longest strands in the center, the medium strands in a circle around the longer strands, and then the shortest strands I tied directly onto the hoop.
Pretty festive, right?
I love watching it spin gently around, and my boys do too!
Are you ready for the 4th of July yet?
I’ll be sharing some table-decorating inspiration later this week so be sure to come back! 🙂