I’m so excited to show you this little ribbon mobile today! I wasn’t entirely sure how it was going to turn out, but I am absolutely loving the finished product. AND, big bonus, it was super easy to make.
We are currently in the process of moving my daughter into a new bedroom. We have decided to put the new baby into the room that my daughter has occupied for the last 2 years, and move her into a larger “big girl” bedroom. Last weekend, we moved all her furniture over, and much to my relief, she is loving her new room. Phew!
And now, I have started in on the best part – the decorating! I have a number of easy DIY decor ideas that I’m planning for her new room. Trying to keep up with a blog, as well as a 2 year old, and redo numerous spaces in our house, all while being pregnant has me beyond exhausted. I love creating and decorating though, so I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to round up multiple easy projects for her room. Keep an eye out for more posts like this one in the very near future. 😉
This one was incredibly simple and so easy to put together. (And yes, I photographed it outside. We have blackout shades in her room that are a pain to get on and off the window. So, I went where the light is the best. The backyard! All you bloggers out there totally understand. Right?!?!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ribbon (a lot of it)
- Macrame hoop
- Twine to hang it with
Initially, I purchased 9 spools of ribbon. I went with mostly neutral colors, with a couple of pops of pink, as that is the theme in her room. I also tried to choose a wide variety of textures and widths to give it plenty of depth.
I actually picked up two macrame hoops (a 6″ and an 8″) because I wasn’t sure which size would be better.
I started on the 8″ hoop, and quickly realized that the larger hoop would require significantly more ribbon than I had. So, I switched to the 6″. Even with the 6″ though, I had to go back to the store and buy a couple more spools. (A few of the fancier ribbons were only 3 yards long, which didn’t go very far.)
How many spools/yards you will need depends entirely on the size of your hoop and how long you cut your ribbon. I cut my ribbons quite long, because I figured I could always make it shorter if I wanted to. As you can see though, I ended up leaving it long.
Here’s the process:
Cut the ribbon
I cut a number of strands of various ribbon to begin with. I didn’t measure them at all. I just eyeballed them against one another.
Tie a ribbon onto the hoop using a Lark’s Head knot
I seriously just had to look that up. Apparently, the particular knot that I used is called a Lark’s Head, or Cow’s Hitch, knot. Don’t worry about the name though. They are very easy to create.
Fill in the rest of the hoop
Just continue knotting ribbon in this way onto the hoop until it is full. I didn’t go in any specific pattern. I simply tried to space out the different ribbons throughout the hoop.
Add twine to hang it from
I cut three pieces of twine. (You will want these to be the same length.) Tie each one onto the hoop in a triangle pattern, and then knot them all together at the top.
Viola! You’re done.
I love how feminine and whimsical it is. I chose to leave the ends uneven because I kind of like it that way. You could easily even the ends out though with some scissors and a few extra minutes.
This will be hanging above my daughters crib. (Yes, she’s still in the crib. I’m hoping to keep her there until she’s at least 10. 😉 )
And now I can’t wait to get started on my next project for her room! I’m already collecting the supplies.