A while back I was noticing how expensive mobiles are - both the store bought electronic and more old-fashioned varieties. I found a few I loved on Etsy but no way am I shelling out $90 for them! So they became my inspiration.
|From DropsOfColorShop on Etsy|
|From HingMade on Etsy|
(all purchased at Joann)
- Two embroidery circles [$2.78 for both]
- Yarn [$2.79]
- Fishing line (or string of this sort) [$1.11]
- Needle and thread [$4.28 because I got a set of several needles]
- Felt [$.34 x 7 = $2.38 for 7 different colors]
- Cotton balls [$1.30]
For the rings
Take yarn and wrap it around the embroidery circles.
For the creatures
Rather than freehand the shapes, I Googled for images of "cartoon fish" and the like (My mobile has 2 fish, a dolphin, a turtle, an octopus, a shell and a starfish).
Then I printed the images, cut them out, and traced them onto my felt pieces with permanent marker. Each shape has to be done twice for the front and the back.
Once I had my felt shapes cut out, I sewed around the outside and stuffed them with cotton balls. Part of me wanted to put button eyes on my creatures - and I know it would be adorable - but the choking hazard just isn't worth it!
To hang it
Everything is tied together with string - I found something that was clear/invisible in Joann's jewelry section. This was the hardest part. It was really difficult to get the rings hanging evenly! They're not perfect, but F it. I can't do any better and I think it works!