Wooden animal silhouettes mobile

Danika and I have been working on this project for a while now. I found some really great Etsy Shops who make really sweet mobiles that use wood, beads and felt (like this one and this one from Australia and this one in the UK). Drawing inspiration from these, I decided to try to make one with the help of my little partner, to decorate her room.

Danika painted these animal silhouettes herself using acrylics and finishing them with glitter glue. Then I strung them up using felt balls I had left over from this project and glass beads I already had on hand. All I needed to buy were dowels and fishing line, which I found at my local dollar store.

Animal mobile supplies

What you need:

  1. Dowels – From dollar store
  2. Wooden animal silhouettes – From this great Etsy shop: Arks and Animals
  3. Crafts acrylics and glitter glue – I used colours that were part of my daughter’s bedroom colour scheme
  4. Glass and crimp beads – I had these in my stash already but Michael’s, DeSerres and Walmart have good selections
  5. Felt balls – From this other great Etsy shop: Honey Canada
  6. Fishing line – From the dollar store (I don’t fish ;)
  7. Threading needle (not pictured) – This is specifically for the felt balls. They’re dense so a needle is required to pass the fishing line through them
  8. Mod Podge (not pictured) – If you don’t have any already, Michael’s, DeSerres and Walmart sell some

How to:

  1. Paint or let your child paint the animal silhouettes on both sides. I selected the colours my daughter could use and just let her apply and mix the colours to her heart’s content. We finished them by smearing glitter glue all over them.
  2. Cut sections of fishing line.
  3. On a table, lay out the order in which you want to string the felt balls and beads for each line (it will be easier to sting them up if this is done first). Don’t forget to add a crimp bead between each.Two completed sections of the mobile
  4. Tie some fishing line in the middle of the dowel that will be your first level. This will be to hang your mobile from the ceiling.
  5. Attach two of your completed lines on both ends of the first level dowel.
  6. Join the two dowels with a smaller section of fishing line. I put beads and felt balls on ours, but you can leave it plain.
  7. Attach the last two lines on each end of your second level dowel.
  8. Find a spot you can hang your mobile temporarily so you can “dry” fit it. I used my chandelier in the dining room but a knob on an upper kitchen cabinet would probably work too."Dry" fitting the first level of the animal silhouette mobile"Dry" fitting the first level of the animal silhouette mobile
  9. Once hung, you’ll notice that your mobile is probably a little lop sided. This can be fixed by moving the heavier lines toward the centres and the lighter ones towards the extremities of the dowels. Keep adjusting until the dowels are horizontal.
  10. Hang from the ceiling and trim excess fishing line. You may have to readjust them a little again. To make sure the lines stay put, dip a brush into some Mod Podge and “paint” a thick coat right on top of the dowels where the lines are tied.

Here’s the final version, hanging by the window in Danika’s room. I love how it sparkles when the light catches the beads and how it rotates.

DIY mobile of wooden animal silhouettes for child's room. A collaborative project - Smocks & Shops

I have a second one to make for my youngest. She has woodland animal silhouettes :)

Personalizing a ceiling light fixture with felt balls

While I was pregnant with our second daughter, we gave ourselves a very small budget to put her room together. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl (kept both a surprise) so it had to be neutral, which I love anyway.

One of the first things the room needed once the colour scheme was decided was a ceiling light fixture. While shopping at a big box store, we came across a really elegant yet innexpensive option. As soon as I saw the plain fabric drum, my mind was racing with ideas to embellish it.

In the end, I chose tiny felt balls in different colours that complimented the scheme I had going. I found this amazing Etsy shop, Honey Canada that let me narrow down the colours to just the ones I wanted. In fact, it was easier to tell Yuki, the shop owner, which colours I didn’t want. Shipping was fast and as soon as I received my order, I got to work.

ceiling light fixture embellished with felt balls

What you need:

  1. Inexpensive fabric-covered light drum (or lamp shade)
  2. Felt balls
  3. Glue gun

How to:

  1. Line up the tiny felt balls you will use in the order you want. This is helpful to avoid accidentally placing two of the same colour side-by-side. I don’t know about you, but when I work with a glue gun, I tend to work much faster than I normally do, or should.
  2. Place the drum on a flat surface.
  3. Working in small sections at a time, apply hot glue along the bottom of the drum. One way to know that your felt balls will be even, is to use the flat surface as your guide: Place the ball against the surface and bring it closer to the drum until there’s contact.
  4. Continue until the entire circumference is done. The whole process took me 15 minutes.
  5. Let the glue cool completely before picking it up.
  6. Hang and admire your work :)

This is what my daughter sees from her crib. I love it!Customized ceiling light drum shade with felt balls