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Elephant mobile... FINALLY!

I'm a little late getting this posted but it's here at last! I kid you not, I started working to make the perfect elephant mobile for Keelin’s nursery since early into my 2nd trimester. I had the perfect plan laid out, all of my materials chosen {thanks to a fantastmastic sale at JoAnn fabric}, and a vision that was too cute for words. BUT, no matter how many different ways I tried, I couldn't get it to turn out the way I wanted.  Today I’m going to walk you through ALL of my fails {there were plenty} and finish with a BANG and my FINAL success!

Here goes nothing…

My initial inspiration came from the same bedding photo I mentioned in my elephant painting post back in October.

I loved the geometric elephant shape so much I wanted to turn it into a mobile.  I opted not to get the mobile that came with the snickerdoodle bedding we chose because, while the giraffes were adorable, I wanted to stick with the elephant theme AND I knew I could create something super cute without spending $50.

I grabbed myself a handfull of colorful patterns, cut out my shapes and started sewing.

The beige burlap pattern was a perfect match for the nursery and the multicolored ears seemed like a great way to incorporate a tone of color and stimulation without clashing with the rest of the room.

Unfortunately for me, the type of fabric that I chose just wasn't doing what I wanted it to.

The edges were fraying, the stitching didn't look right, and my dream mobile started slipping away each time I would try something different. Finally I realized it wasn't how I was making the elephants, it was what they were being made out of.  I did some searching online and found almost exactly what I was looking for on the fabulous blog, My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset. I shot Mrs Julius an email to get some details and the answer was magically revealed... FELT!

Love the mirror detailing!

As you can see in the photo above I ended up with two mobiles! Keelin loves the one above the changing table and I'm still finding the perfect spot for the second... probably above the crib in some way.

I'm so happy with the way they turned out and so thankful that I found a way to make it happen for WELL UNDER the price of most bedding set mobiles! So much so that I've mocked up some other patterns perfect for any nursery! Chicks, paisleys, hearts, stars, clouds, you name it! I'm hoping to start an Etsy shop in the near future and make these for other mommies and soon-to-be mommies.

Until next time...

So what do you think? Would you buy one for your little one's nursery?

Invitation ornaments... another DIY treat!

Hooray for another DIY project! It's about time, right? I've had to postpone sharing this project because I use images of an actual gift I made for some dear friends of ours and, being the genius that I am, kept forgetting to give it to them. I didn't want the world to see their gifts before they did but now that they've got them {and love them} I can finally share with YOU!

TADA... invitation ornaments!

Adorable, right?

I was lucky enough to snag this idea from a gift of my own! The super sweet and fabulously stylish Mary Ann {remember her guest post?} made me one out of my baby shower invitation and I instantly wanted to steal the idea.

I had a number of friends get married this past year so I took advantage of Mary Ann's brilliance and went to town creating a few of my own! It's really simple and you can get as creative as you want depending on how decorative the invitation is.

Here's what you'll need:

  • plain glass ornaments
  • a pen, paintbrush, marker, etc. for curling
  • scissors
  • event invitations

Cut the invitations into varying sizes of strips, making sure you feature important information like names, dates, locations, etc. be sure you get as much color in as possible too.

Using your pen, paintbrush handle, marker, etc. wrap the strips to create a curl.

Shirley Temple would be jealous of all my curls!!!

Remove the cap on the ornament and rotate the strips down into the base of the ball.

I used the "plain" and colorful strips first so that I could strategically position the strips with important information on them toward the end.

Like I said before, you can make them big or minimal in terms of design, based on what you are given with the invitation. I took the outside ribbon and label and created a kind of frame on the outside of the ornament. Use ribbon in matching colors to create a hanging loop and you're good to go!

If the invitations are mostly white you can add strips of plain colored paper to add depth and make text easier to read.

So, what do you think? Easy enough, right?

Check out the where Mary Ann's inspiration came from, in the original Pinterest post!

Until next time...

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