3-D Book page Heart Mobile {Valentine's Day}

Thursday / 41 comments
I've been working on cleaning out my sewing/craft room the past few weeks.  My biggest problem is that as soon as I get stuff cleaned up a little I find something that others would classify as trash and have to turn it into something fun!  Today I'm going to show you how I made a heart mobile out of an old lampshade and a thrifted book.



Love how cheerful and fun the mobile is plus it was way more fun to spend time making the heart mobile then cleaning.


Supplies:

Old lamp shade or something else circular like an embroidery hoop. My shade was purchased at Goodwill for $3 and I was going to recover it but the poor shade didn't survive it's time on the garage shelf thanks to my wild boys.

Heart Punch

Old book or some other paper

Fabric or ribbon


Punch out a bunch of hearts or have your kids punch them out and count it as family fun!  Then start sewing them together.  Before sewing each section of hearts together pull the thread from your machine  out about 10 inches so you have a string at the top to tie to the lamp shade.


Take two hearts and put them together and sew down the middle of them.  I backstitched on the very first heart and on the very last heart.


Sew:

6: 16 hearts long (I put these in the very middle)

6: 13 hearts long

6: 11 hearts long

6: 9 hearts long


Take the paper off your shade and you will have one large metal hoop and one small metal hoop.  Cut your fabric into a 1/2 inch strip or use some ribbon.  I spray painted the top hoop white so the parts not covered with fabric would still be white.


Hot glue and then wrap your fabric around the hoops.


Tie all your hearts on with the 10 inches of thread you left on to top when sewing.  I put the 15 heart sections in the middle and then alternated around the edges 9 heart, 11 heart, 13 heart.  Tie the middle hoop to outside hoop with a few pieces of ribbon or string.  You could even use strong fishing line if you didn't want to see it.  Attach a string in the middle for hanging.  Once my mobile was hung up I folded all the hearts open to give them the 3D effect.


I had this empty spot in the corner of my desk that seemed lonely so I hung my mobile there.
Before:


After!


Love it!  It goes perfectly with my cheerful wall display.


Today you get a lot of pictures because I just couldn't pick a favorite!






Have you made anything out of trash lately?

41 comments:

  1. One Word, WOW!! this is beautiful!

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  2. I love this! It looks awesome! I recently used book pages to spruce up the back of a small book shelf, and I adore the outcome. :)

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  3. that is so dang cute! I love the book page look! It looks so cool! I would love you to come link this up to my Friday Frolic link party! Hope to see you there!!

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  4. LOVE! It's so lovely and I love that you sewed them together. I have to try this! I found you at TT & J. I would love if you could link up to my party too!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-and-greatest-friday-14.html

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  5. I am in love with this project! It could totally be used as a "chandelier" over a sweet Valentine's Day table party set-up. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Saw this on TT&J. So love it!! I think I'm going to have to recreate one for my daughter's room.

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  7. That is fabulous!!! Great job!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  8. Love it! I may have to try it myself this weekend.

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  9. this is absolutely stunning! how clever are you?! and patient i might add. visiting via Funky Junk! Kate x

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  10. That is so beautiful and simple! Thanks for sharing:)

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  11. Wowsers, lady! This is stinkin awesome and if I could sew I would make one all for myself!I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!
    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-6-and-e-book.html

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  12. Love this idea! I'm pinning it for my Valentine's party!

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  13. found this on Tatertots & Jello - just pinned it too!! Love this!

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  14. This is beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial!! :D

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  15. Too cute!!!! I had to giggle thinking of you standing on your desk to get some of those shots.

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  16. Visiting from tt&j! This is gorg! I love how simple you make it look too.. great tutorial for the less crafty people like myself. :)

    I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party if you get a chance :)

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  17. LOVE your mobile, I hope I can make one soon!!

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  18. It looks great! Thanks for sharing this with us:)

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  19. Your mobile looks so great! It looks awesome over your desk! Nice job! :)

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  20. This is such a cute idea! We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters

    http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

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  21. some serious lovely creative yum going on here.

    visiting via TTJ and would love to have you stop by kate spade/vintage jewelry giveaway: http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-old-something-new-giveaway.html.

    smiles.

    michele

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  22. This is adorable! Just wanted to let you know that I'm including this post on my "Top 10 Valentines Ideas" post at www.cheapcraftymama.com. Feel free to stop by and grab a button showing that you are featured!

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  23. I love this! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  24. [...] into the Valentine’s Day spirit by turning an old book into a pretty paper heart mobile with Brook from Being Brook! Her tutorial was designed using thrifted materials, so it’s a [...]

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  25. WOW this is so cool! And Lovely! TFS
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

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  26. Oh my goodness! Was I surprised to find that the beautiful hanging that I saw in your craft room was actually made by you! I thought it probably was purchased! Thank you so much for posting how you made it....I want to make one! Thank you! You inspire me!

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  27. [...] Tutorial from Being Brook Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]

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  28. [...] 3-D Book Page Heart Mobile from Being Brook [...]

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  29. This is exactly what I need for my dining room chandelier! I'm doing no sew, so YAY & thanks! I'm starting right now!

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  30. It really does take the space to the next level! Gorgeous!

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  31. You inspired me! I made a no sew version and posted it on my blog. I'm new at this, so I'm going to try to refer/link to you in my post. THANK YOU so much! I love your stuff!

    New Follower,
    Sheila

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  32. [...] Thing Print from Sissyprint // Book Page Heart Mobile from Being Brook // Peep Notes from Sissyprint // ABC Valentine from Oopsey [...]

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  33. Wow! You are a genius! I love it! Gng to go through all your other posts now!

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  34. darling! it looks classy-crafty, not cheap-diy... very well done! i hope mine looks as good!

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  35. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I am in LOVE with your mobile! So much that I had to add it to my Pinterest to do projects! I made it for my cousins baby due next month and she just loves it! It was a hit at the shower. I am making one for my daughter tomorrow with sheet music! I included you in my post and linked back. Your tutorial was awesome :-) You can check it out here
    http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/02/secret-revealed.html
    Thanks again for sharing!!!
    Jill
    iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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  36. [...] a bunch of hearts I cut out of felt and sewed together with my sewing machine.  Same way I did the heart mobile.  Proof that I’m not totally over Valentine’s [...]

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