Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hot Air Balloon Mobile

One of the projects I lined up for the nursery was the Hot Air Balloon Mobile I found over on Jess's blog. She has a great tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a shot! It was so easy to make and I love how it turned out!

I used the same felt that Jess recommended from The Felt Pod (found here) in Salmon, Buttercream and Aquatic Blue. The quality of the felt was amazing (way better than the rectangle sheets that you can buy at Michaels or JoAnn's. But, I did use the rectangle sheets for the white, off-white, and brown pieces. 

I got the embroidery thread in coordinating colors from JoAnn's/Michaels, the wooden pieces used to hang the mobile and the filling from Ben Franklin Crafts, and the screws (that go into the wooden block so you can hang it) from Lowe's.


I didn't really do anything differently because Jess's tutorial was so straightforward and easy to follow. The mobile is currently hanging in our living room on a random hook that the owner left in the ceiling (probably for a plant) and I love it so much I don't even want to take it down until I have to when we move this summer. :)

The colors are perfect for the nursery (although the coral looks a little more red in my pictures than it actually is) and I can't wait to set it all up for Little BK so she can look up and see the colorful balloons floating around. Yay!



Total cost breakdown:
Felt - $21 ($18 with shipping for the colors and $3 for the white, off-white and brown)
Thread - $3
Wooden block and dowels - $3
Filling - $2 (I spent $8 for a big pack but I barely used any of it, so let's say about $2?)
Screws - $1
Total Cost - About $30

I think that's pretty amazing considering that mobiles on Etsy are expensive!



I love love love how it turned out. :) What have you been working on lately? Have you ever attempted a mobile? I was intimidated at first, but surprised at how easy it really was! (Seriously, check out Jess's tutorial if you are thinking about making any kind of mobile!)

Have a great weekend!

6 comments:

  1. so, so adorable! I of course am in love with those colors! You did a fantastic job, and I'm glad my tutorial made sense! I'm always worried about that, lol. :D

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    1. Thanks Jess! It was so much fun and yes, easy to follow too! :)

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  2. Wonderful mobile. I made this one as well. Found yours in pinterest. Great tutorial and I 'd loved the whole process of making it.

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    1. Thanks Gerdine! I used a tutorial on the blog Craftiness is Not Optional. She gives really great step by step instructions. You would check it out!

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  3. adorable! when I read your post I thought about this one I found on Pinterest. You should check it out! =) http://sewcraftcreate.com/2013/06/diy-hot-air-balloons/

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    1. Thanks Alicia! I love those other balloons too!

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