Browsing and buying in craft and thrift shops Beautiful decor used as backdrops The smell of rain coming down in the spring These ar...


Browsing and buying in craft and thrift shops
Beautiful decor used as backdrops
The smell of rain coming down in the spring
These are a few of my favorite things!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday with their families and loved ones. Today I wanted to share with  you one of my other favorite things; A unique baby mobile I made for my son before he was born. This project was a true labor of love. I seem to take on these projects where I think to myself, "I'm not going to buy that! I am going to make it!" Then I begin making it and realize why people buy it! Ha

I took my inspiration from pomanders that I have seen used in weddings. I thought they would look really cool on a large scale and hanging over a crib as a baby mobile. So that is just what I did! My son loves them. Every morning when he wakes up. He points to them and starts to babble! I am pretty sure its good babble :)  I love, love, love the way they turned out! The things you do in the name of love!

The supply list is pretty simple, it's the amount of labor that goes into them that is so intensive. (Good thing I had 9 months to complete them!) 

The items that you will need are:
  • 3 paper lanterns of varying sizes. I used 10",12", and 16"
  • Your choice of colored/printed/embossed felt
  • A glue gun and glue
  • A circle rotary cutter 
  • Self healing cutting mat (not pictured)
  • Picture wire hanger (not pictured)
  • Hooks and anchors to hang from the ceiling (not pictured)

You begin by cutting felt circles. You are going to need a lot of these, so get ready. Determine your color scheme for your lanterns and then cut your circles in relation to the size of your lantern. Just to put things in perspective, the 16" lantern took about 400 or so 4" felt circles! Yep, that's what I said! And...I started out by tracing a 4" diameter circle and cutting them out by hand, talk about carpel tunnel. By the time I got to my last lantern I wised up and bought a rotary, saved my hand! So, using your rotary, determine the size of circle you want to cut (larger is easier). Set your rotary, pick a location on your felt and begin to cut.

 I used 9" x 12" size pieces of felt. I was able to cut about 3-4 4" circles per piece. As you can imagine, it took quite a bit of felt. 

Once you have cut the majority of your circles, you can begin to transform the circles into flower like shapes. You will probably end up having to cut more circles than you thought once you begin putting them on your lantern. Make sure when you are purchasing your felt, you purchase extra to make sure your dye lots match!

To make the flowers, you start by putting a dot of hot glue in the middle of the circle and fold the circle in half. Be careful, the hot glue is HOT!

 Next, you put another dot of hot glue in the middle of the half circle and fold it again. 

   You should end up with something that looks like this.

After all that prep work, begins the fun part! Now you begin gluing them onto your lanterns. Once you have assembled your lanterns, add a dot of hot glue to the bottom tip of the flower, press and apply gently yet firm, you don't want to punch a hole in the lanterns. Continue this process until your entire lantern is covered. I started at the top of the lantern and worked my way around and down the lantern. I also alternated the direction of the flowers as well to add more visual interest. This also helped to achieve more coverage. Once I got to the bottom, I took the lantern, turned it over and sat it in a bowl to hold it steady. Don't worry if you smash the flowers you have already glued, once you are done, you are going to go around and fluff the entire thing. If you notice any empty spaces, begin your process of flowers and fill them in. You can also hang the lanterns on a wire hanger and hang them up somewhere while you are gluing as well. 

Once you are done, have a drink and celebrate, or get a hand massage, that was a lot of work! 
But don't they look marvelous! The sheer size of them is remarkable!

 Hanging them is a two person job. I attached strong picture wire hanger to each of them in varying lengths. The wire usually comes rolled up, I put on leather gloves and used my hands to help stretch the wire out straight. The weight of the pomanders will help to straighten the wire out over time as well. I used anchors and hooks from the hardware store that can hold up to 50lbs. (I can't remember the name of them, but the salesperson at your local hardware store should be able to direct you.) This is step is especially important when you are hanging something above your first born child's head! I then had my lovely assistant (my husband) hold them up and mark the ceiling where I told him I wanted them hung. 

Once that is done, stand back and marvel!!


 ***Please be advised: The Consigner Designer is in no way responsible for the integrity of this project should you choose to recreate it! Hang these items at your own risk. Thank You!***



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Anonymous said...

These look great!!They remind me of the new light fixtures that you see all over these days. Ikea sells a knock off (not sure what they are called). Anyway, very very cool!!!

Tammi Evette said...

I love these!! They are wonderful!!

Biljana said...

So beautiful, thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year! Hugs, Biljana

Roeshel S said...

Gorgeous! What a fun nursery! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, Jen! :)


Hunted Interior said...

These look amazing! So much better than the store bought ones... Also, Thanks for visiting my Upholstered Headboard post. Following you right back.

Katie said...

Lots of work, but totally worth it! Those came out looking awesome!

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The Southern Product Queen said...

Love this idea! Super cute! I'm having a linky party on my blog and would love for you to link up! Here is the address

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

I love how these look! Maybe when my toddler lets me get some time in for myself I can make these by the time my sister in law has her baby!

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Vicky said...

Wow! Those make a great statement. You'd never know they were made from felt and lanterns. I am a new follower visiting from Today's Creative Blog. Vicky from Mess For Less

Alissa@CraftyEndeavor said...

Those look so fun! Great job!

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

I totally just pinned this! I love it SO much. I may do this for my daughter's first bday. I'll let you know if I do! :)

I found your blog through It's Overflowing! I love it! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to come follow me back if you get a chance! <3

Eclectically Vintage said...

I love these! So cute over the crib! Have a fab New Year!

ReMadeSimple Kristina said...

these look amazing in your nursery! Pinning them. Can you tell me what the name of your rotary cutter is and the price range? I am one of those crazy people that has cut felt circles out by, I want something easier to do! And thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comments :)

Anne said...

How fun these are!

I am so happy you dropped in to visit my top 3 favorite projects for 2011...what great opportunity to meet you and be introduced to your blog.

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

Abby said...

These are fabulous! I can only imagine how long they must have taken! You did a wonderful job

Aimee from said...

So cute I can hardly stand it!!! Thanks for linking up at Overflowing with Creativity! I'm glad we're bloggy friends!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Just darling! I wish I had them when my children were babies.


Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Man, that sure looks like it would take awhile, but I LOVE the result! So cute, and love that you used felt!

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday. The party is up until Sunday!

Elisa @ The Self Life said...

Wow, turned out great! Love the texture.

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

WOW! Those are awesome!! Great job!!

Lindsi B said...

Those are so special!!! I love them! Would you please share these with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

Lowri said...

WOW - these are amazing! Fabulous tutorial too. Thanks so much for sharing.

Colleen Jorgensen said...

They're awesome! So full of color and punch! tfs

Rachel {} said...

Those look great!!! I already have the lanterns!! I would love it if you could come over and share this at my project party here


Kristi said...

This is just gorgeous!! Well done! I've never seen this done to I'm trying to figure out where I "need" a few!! I'm your newest follower!


Loopy Loop Creations said...

Jen, that is awesome! Love it! Just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you a Liebster Award! Can't wait to see who you pass it on to!


Michaela @ said...

I can't believe how stunning these are! They look amazing in the space. I bet your little one is mesmerized by them.

Kirstin Joy@ Burlap and Buttons said...

I love this! Such a cute idea! I like that they look more solid than some of the paper ones you see around... Found your blog over at the Newbie Linky and love it! Happy to be a new follower! I hope you'll come visit me too... Thanks for sharing your great designs!

Drama Mama Lori said...

So pretty! I've seen something similar but not this big - good for you for going for broke! Can't wait to see more! - L

Hani@Craftionary said...

This is Amazing! I love how the mobile looks.. the colors the feel everything is perfect..
Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party

Emreen said...

Wow ! The mobile looks soo beautiful... Lovely choice of colors... !!

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