Spooky and Cute Ribbon Mobile

Spooky and Cute Ribbon Mobile - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This is another scrap busting project. I rarely throw my scraps away because I know they’re just waiting to be used for another fabulous project.
There are so many fun ways that you can use your scraps in your crafting.

Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m saving my scraps for until an idea pops out at me.
In this case I was at The Dollar Store looking for pool noodles.
They were all out of noodles but they had plenty of hanging plant holders.
Bam! It hit me!
I scooped up a couple of those plant holders because they were begging to be turned into mobiles!

Once I was back home with my impulse buy I gathered up my ribbon and fabric scraps.


Some of the fabric and ribbon I used include: Black, White, Orange, Yellow, Apple Green, Wisteria and Pansy Solid Grosgrain in various sizes, 1 1/2″ Candy Corn Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8″ Orange/Black Jester Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8″ Navy Lime Surfboard Preppy Stripes Ribbon, 7/8″ Zebra Print Ribbon, 5/8″ Black and White Stripes Ribbon, and Riley Blake Trick or Treat 2 Fabric.


I tied my scraps to the top and bottom of the plant holder.

After tying all the way around I trimmed the scraps at various lengths.
I didn’t worry about sealing the ends because I liked the raw edge for this particular project.

I felt like it still needed a little something.
So, I pulled out my other impulse buy from The Dollar Store.
I knew I needed a string of skull heads!
The little skulls were strung onto a piece of twine.
I cut the end of the twine and just slid them off.

Then, using a large yarn needle I strung the skulls onto the skinny ribbon
and hung them at different lengths.

Later I dabbed a dot of hot glue into the holes of the skulls because they kept falling off.

I thought the mobile looked great hanging in the doorway.
However, my husband did not, hitting his head on it.
That hadn’t occurred to me because I’m short, fun size you could say,
4’11” if you want to put a number on it.
I certainly didn’t need to duck when I walked through the doorway!

Spooky and Cute Ribbon Mobile - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I moved it a kitchen corner by the table.

Spooky and Cute Ribbon Mobile - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Spooky and Cute Ribbon Mobile - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The mobile moved again when it proved to be a
distraction for children who are supposed to be eating.
It is now displayed downstairs by our fireplace.

The great thing is the plant holder already has a hook.
We live in an older home that has lots of hooks to hang things from.
I’ve made mobiles using embroidery hoops and ribbon before but this was a fun change.

What do you think?
Fun and festive?
Cute and spooky?

Go ahead and make one for yourself.
Stick around. I have more scrap busting projects coming up.
You’ll never throw out your scraps again!

Have fun scrap busting!

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  1. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Brittany, what fun, and I hear you are listening to me. NEVER throw away scraps they always find a use.
    Love what you have done here. You are sooooo clever!

    • Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      Aww, thanks Mom! I think your son would say that saving the scraps has turned me in to a hoarder! But, I just can’t bear to throw them away! 🙂

  2. Posted October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I love this!! Great use of scraps! I hoard mine also…just made a wreath last week!

  3. Kim Bellimer
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Is the planter hung upside down?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kim! Yes it is. The ribbon is tied along the “top” of the planter and then again at the “bottom” of the planter. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks for reading! – Shirley 🙂

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