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Monday, April 13, 2015

DIY Planet Mobile

I don't know about you, but I love finding ways to use natural materials in craft projects. A while back I had my husband cut a whole bunch of wood discs for me from a tree branch that had to be cut down and I've already used some for wood slice necklaces and ornaments. This is how I took some and made a mobile to represent the solar system.

Supplies needed:
Embroidery hoop
Wood slices (with holes drilled in the tops) about 1/4 inch thick
Paint and brushes

Other than Earth, I didn't try to "label" any of the other planets, but you sure could if you wanted. Mine is a much more abstract solar system than you might find in the gift shop of your local science museum.

Start by painting 9 wood pieces with different colors and patterns. I did a few solid colors, a few with white and colored stripes, and one with blue and green blobs to represent Earth. Let dry and paint the same design on the other sides.

Paint the embroidery hoop too if desired.

Cut different lengths of yarn and tie them onto the hoop and then through the holes in the wood.

Tie to pieces of yarn across the top of the hoop so it can be hung.

Wouldn't this be so fun for a planet party, Earth Day or just hanging in a bedroom?

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  1. This is the cutest thing! I absolutely adore it!

  2. Very cute idea and I like that you went with an abstract version. I like your pictures too, but was wondering if you'd add one without the effect on it. I'm a visual learner and one simple picture would be helpful. Again, this is a really great ideas and I think my kids would enjoy making one for their room.

  3. I love this!! I pinned it and think this would be so cute in an outer space themed room! So creative!

  4. What a fantastic idea. Great use of wood slices. :)

  5. This is cute and really simple. It's something low budget that many people can do. Coming from Creative Inspiration link party.

  6. Super cute!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! I hope to see you again tomorrow ... I love having you!! Pinned!

  7. I love crafting with natural elements too Steph! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle.