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Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room in your Home

by Holly Wade

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Mobiles have recently made a comeback, and I see them not just in children's rooms but in other areas of the home. Mobiles are a unique way to add color and decor to an empty area of a room or above a child's crib for something interesting to watch. This simple floral mobile is the perfect piece of decor to fill empty corners of a room or as a beautiful piece of decor for a little girl's room. 

 Faux flowers never go out of style (in my opinion). Choose colors that match the look you're going for in your home and hang them on clear fishing line to achieve the look of floating flowers. If placed above a bed or crib, it's also something cute to wake up to every morning. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Materials:

  • 6-inch macramé hoop
  • Clear fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Faux flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle
  • Twine
  • E6000 glue or hot glue gun

How to Make a Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Cut 2 long pieces of fishing line, about 8-10 inches. Tie one end to the macramé hoop with double or triple knots to secure. Tie the opposite end of the fishing line to the opposite end of the hoop. The pieces should cross each other. This will be what the mobile will hang from. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Use the wire cutters to cut faux flowers from the stems. Repeat with multiple types and sizes of flowers. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Thread the needle with a long piece of fishing line, about 12 inches (or however long you want the mobile to be). Poke through a flower, starting from the bottom, and pull the line most of the way through. Tie the end of the fishing line (bottom side of the flower) to the hoop.

Note, the bottom of the flowers will be facing up to the ceiling when hung.

Step

Continue threading various flowers onto the same piece of fishing line several inches apart. Some flowers may not stay in place when hung. In that case, loop a knot into the fishing line so that the flower does not fall. After 4-5 flowers are threaded on the same line, cut and tie a double or triple knot to secure.

Step

Repeat with 4-5 strands of fishing line hung on the hoop with a variety of flowers on each. No need to follow a specific pattern. Spread the lines equal distances apart so that the mobile will hang evenly. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Once all lines have been hung, begin wrapping and gluing the twine around the macramé hoop. This step helps to secure the fishing line in place on the hoop so that they do not shift over time and make the mobile lopsided. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Once the glue has dried, the mobile is ready to hang! Use the crossed pieces of fishing line at the top of the hoop to hang the mobile from a hook, or secure to the ceiling with a simple thumb tack. It's lightweight, so it doesn't require any additional ceiling support. 

Now this pretty floral mobile is perfect for decorating for the season or just because!  

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How to: Get Organized With This Colorful Wooden Crate Cart

by Faith Towers
How-To: Get Organized With This Colorful Wine Crate Cart
Photo: Faith Towers

I don't know about you, but storage is one thing that I can never get enough of. Especially cute storage. So today I'm sharing a project with you that I made to create some mobile storage for my home office. It's a stacking, rolling storage cart that can hold all of those odds and ends that you just don't know what to do with.   

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Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

by Lidy Dipert

Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to get organized this year by planning ahead! When it comes to shopping for your kids, it can get a little tiring seeing those same old plastic, cheap toys you try really hard to avoid buying year after year. But what choice do you really have when you haven't a clue what's out there? Well, you're just in luck! We made a fantastic list of quality, handmade and stylish toys for infants...

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Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as inspiration to...

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Make It: DIY Small Homework Station

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Small Homework Station

School starts in two days at my house and we've been running around getting ready for my son to start the third grade. Although it is not much, my son is becoming the age where homework and projects need to get done at home. My dining room table has been the landing zone for everything. After homework was finished, it continued to remain all over my dining room table, making it a mess. This year, I decided to make a fun and organized place for homework and craft projects so I could take my dining room table back!   

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Small Apartment Bedroom Gets HUGE Kid Makeover

by DIY Maven
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Photo: So Haute Style

Nicole Gibbons was given a tall order when asked to re-do the smaller bedroom in a clients' 2-bedroom NYC apartment. It started as a "big boy room" for their toddler son, but a few months into the project--surprise--the couple learned they were adding another kiddo to the group. Nicole's plan had to change--big time. Now the room had to service a growing toddler AND a new baby, a baby, by the way, whose gender was...

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How To: Make Watercolor Cactus Art

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Inkstruck Studio

Zakkiya, the talented illustrator behind Inkstruck Studio, recently released to the world a watercolor cactus tutorial that can make even a beginner look like a pro. If you feel her creation is a bit of a reach for your abilities, not to worry. Zakkiya has an entire

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade

by DIY Maven
Before
Photo: DIY Maven

There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.

One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.

Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.

So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.

The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers

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10+ Easy and DIYable Closet Door Ideas

by DIY Maven

Closet door ideas

Bi-fold, sliding, swing. No, they're not classes of ballroom dances; they're  closet door types. Whatever kind of closet doors you have, or whatever you call them, we have a makeover for them. Read on for our favorite closet door ideas, be inspired and go from slab to fab in no time.  

bi-fold closet door - before makeover

1. When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.

The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Since the stretcher bars already come with mitered corners, building the frames is super simple, with no tools or sawdust required. Click here to read more about the project.

DIY closet door improvement idea

2. Some tape and a couple of cans of spray glass frost might be the perfect way to redo mirrored closet doors. (For more ideas, visit this page.)

spray frosted closet doors

3. Susan used damask wallpaper to give her closet doors a serious punch of color. Click here to see the 'before'.

4. Speaking of wallpaper, these sliding doors were made over using wallpaper that looked like bead board and some framing strips. Click here to read more about the project and to see a 'before'.

sliding closet doors

5. This is one of the most creative closet door ideas. The Pin Junkie ended up using fusible web and spray adhesive--to adhere fabric to her sliding closet doors--because she ran out of the fusible web after doing the first door, onto which she IRONED ON the fabric. Click here to read how to do it yourself. 

6. This next makeover, although subtle, is just enough to make a BIG difference. Kara was not diggin' her brass-trimmed sliding doors, so a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint was utilized to take care of the situation. Click here to read about the entire process and to see a 'before' pic.

 

7. You might not have considered painting sliding doors with chalkboard paint, but after looking at this installation, you just might want to do it yourself. Click here to read more about the project and to see a 'before'.

8. Nobody said you have to go crazy to give your closets doors new life. Sometimes, just a coat of paint will do! This project comes to us from Manhattan Nest.

9. Abby used casing to give her bi-fold doors a fabulous makeover. Read more here.

10. Our final idea isn't the easiest project, but it certainly is one of the most unique. Look carefully and you'll see that this trompe l'oeil is actually camouflaging (I believe) four sets of bi-fold doors. Click here to see more unique ideas.

created at: 02/18/2013

 

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Cuteness Overload: Ikea Rocking Moose Hack

by DIY Maven
Ikea Ekorre Before
Photo: Ikea

I agree with Sarah, the genius behind this Ikea rocking moose (aka Ekorre $39.99) hack: it's pretty cute as is. However, the red red coat just wasn't working with Sarah's decor. So...she decided to change its species and turn Ekorre into a rocking SHEEP. As you can imagine, changing species called for some cosmetic surgery. First came rhinoplasty, as said moose's schnauz wasn't right at all. A nip and tuck and he soon had a...

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