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Ribbon Mobile Tutorial

Do you have a little bundle of joy joining your family soon or have a sweet friend or family member who is soon to have a baby? Today Amy, from Ameroonie Designs, is sharing the cutest Ribbon Mobile to hang over a sweet crib or to be used as a beautiful centerpiece at a fun baby shower or any special celebration! This adorable mobile is easy to create and makes a huge statement of cuteness, frilliness and all things girly! But wait…change the colors of ribbon just a little bit and this one of a kind mobile is perfect for those itty bitty fellas too! Enjoy!

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Hi Friends!  It’s Amy from Ameroonie Designs!  I’m so excited to be over at The Ribbon Retreat again!
Today I have a fun project to share with you.  With baby #6 on the way, you might think that I am way over crafting projects for babies.  But, let me tell you it just gets more fun. 🙂

This project would also be a fantastic centerpiece for a shower, wedding or a fun addition to any room in your home.  Change up the colors and you have a completely different piece.  Ready to make one?  Let’s get started.

Seam Binding Mobile
Supplies:
Seam Binding
-I used about 12 different colors and used most of the entire 5 yards of each color.
Wood Dowels
Flowers (optional)
Paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Vintage Ribbon
Flower Button
Creating the frame:

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I chose to make a frame using wood dowels.  You could always use embroidery hoops or a plant hanger as your frame, but I wanted the square look, so I made one.

1. First take two dowels and cut them in half.
2. Paint four full size dowels, and your four half size dowels white.  Pay most attention to the ends, the rest will be covered.
3.  Arrange the four full sized dowels in a square.  Overlap the ends approx. 1/4″ and glue.  I used the foam squares that were in the package with the dowels.
4. Use clear thread or white thread to tie the corner together securely.  I crossed over and under both dowels to create an X pattern and then tied it off with a knot. This will be covered with ribbon and flowers, but I wanted to make sure it was secure.  You could also use hot glue for this step, but I was worried about it looking too goopy. 🙂
5.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the half size dowels.  You should now have two squares.
6.  Use narrow ribbon and glue to attach the smaller square to the larger square.  I used 11″ lengths of ribbon, but you may use more or less depending on what size mobile you want to end up with.  Just make sure all four lengths of ribbon are the same length and you attach them all in the same way so that it hangs evenly.
7.  Cut 4 longer lengths of narrow ribbon (at least 18″) to create the hanging loop.  Attach the ribbon to each corner and adjust so the mobile hangs evenly – tie to create a knot for hanging.  Steps 6 and 7 are by far the most difficult of the whole project.  Take your time to create an even, level base, but don’t get too carried away – the final project is very forgiving and covers a multitude of uneven sins. 😉

Adding the ribbon:
*A word of caution here:  I used hot glue to attach the ribbon to the frame.  This means getting up close and personal with your glue gun.  Be careful to not burn your fingers.  I recommend using a low temp glue gun if you have one.  Also, once you add the glue to the ribbon, wait a few seconds before pressing it to the other side of the ribbon to let it cool just a bit.  You could also use glue dots, fabric glue or craft glue.  I just like the immediate gratification hot glue provides.

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1. Cut your seam binding ribbon into varying lengths.  I cut mine between 15″ and 20″.  I didn’t measure, I just snipped.
2.  Begin randomly attaching the ribbon to the top square of the frame.  I added a line of glue to the ribbon about 4″ or so from one end, then I slid the short end of the ribbon over the frame to the outside and pressed it to the line of glue.  This allowed me to move the ribbons around on the frame if I needed to.
3. Continue adding ribbon until the entire top frame is full.

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4.  Put all the ends of ribbon to the inside of the smaller frame.
5.  Pull one ribbon to create a swag that hangs to your desired length.  Add a line of glue and glue it to the remaining tail of ribbon still on the inside of the small frame.
6.  Repeat with random ribbons along one side of the mobile until the small frame is covered with ribbon.

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*You can see in this picture that some of the ribbons on this side are still straight in the center of the mobile.  I usually skipped one or two ribbons across the side of the frame on this first layer.
7.  Pull the remaining ribbons through to create swags that are shorter than the first layer.  Glue them to the ribbon loops created with the first layer.
8.  Repeat until all the ribbons on this side are pulled through.
9.  Repeat for the other three sides of the mobile – use your first side as a guide for how deep your swags will be so all four sides are uniform.
10.  Finish by adding flowers to the corners of the mobile (if desired).

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I love how whimsical this looks.  I can’t wait to get the baby’s nursery all put together now.  Too bad we’re still a ways out from getting that done. At least I have 3 months to get it finished.

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Thanks so much for having me today.  I’d love for you to stop by my blog any time and visit.


Thank you Amy for sharing this fun ribbon project. This mobile is adorable and would be so great to add as a centerpiece at a party or special event! I also love the idea of hanging it over your sweet babies crib and letting it make that special statement to your new bundle of joy’s nursery!
Amy, congrats on baby #6 and thank you again for sharing your talent with us today! For more amazing and innovative projects by Amy, visit her at Ameroonie Designs!

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3 Comments

  1. Pat C.
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I have a confession to make, Amy: When I first saw your ribbon mobile, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. ::gasps:: But I kept coming back to it, and now I *love* it!!!♥ It’s sweet and airy, and looks as if it would be quite soothing, too, with a little breeze coming in to the nursery to rustle the ribbons.

    Speaking of nurseries, congratulations on the upcoming birth of your new little one! Six… wow!!! I grew up in a family of five girls, and I loved it–even with only two bedrooms for all five of us to share (and one bathroom for us girls and Mom and Dad!!

    Thank you for the wonderful project idea! coco

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! I love your story! You are adorable, and I am so glad that you love this fun mobile! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

      • Pat C.
        Posted May 21, 2015 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        “coco”???? Hahahahaha! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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