Here's the finished mobile:
- 5-6 pieces of cardstock weight paper, varying shades of white/cream
- Linen/Cream colored thread/string (thicker, like for bookbinding)
- Butterfly, or other shape silhouette for the mobile
- A sturdy, interestingly shaped twig from your yard, roughly 3 inches.
- Clamp/clip/friend to assist.
- Ceiling hook, screw in
1. Find a stick/twig that has an interesting look to it, and doesn't look too fragile. I washed it in warm water with soap, and let it dry overnight.
3. Then I folded the paper over to begin cutting out the butterflies. I freehand cut them out with the fold down the center of the butterfly. If you prefer more exacting butterflies, you can create yourself a template to make sure they are the same. I prefer the organic, freestyle aspect, as no two butterflies look exactly the same.
5. Use the thread/string to tie around the center of each cutout. To make your butterflies hang and balance correctly, tie the knot at the "top" of each. You may have to experiment with the placement of the knot so that they will hang right. The way each hangs depends on the weight of your string and the paper you are using. Make sure to cut the length of the string for each butterfly overly long, so that you will have lots of options for placement. (I cut at least 4 feet of string for each).
7. This is the step where you may want someone to help you. To avoid getting everything tangled, have a friend hold the twig you washed in step one. Tie your first butterfly to the twig. Whatever excess string you have, wrap it tightly around the twig and finish with a tight knot.
9. Repeat until you have filled out your mobile.
10. I saved one of my tiny butterflies to tie directly to the twig, to look like it just landed.
11. To create the little strap to hang the mobile, I used a little friendship bracelet inspiration from back in the day. I used 5 pieces of string, roughly 3 feet each and twisted them all together. Then I folded them in half so that the string twisted together again, making a thicker 'string.' Using the looped end, I put it around the end of the twig. I tied off the other end as needed.