4.24.2011

Pinwheel Mobile

I know…another baby project.  Yawn.  But while there are other projects going on that I just need to sit down and blog about, the cuteness factor of these is winning out currently.  And who does not love a mobile?  I know I do.

Just like the “what to hang above the crib” conundrum, the mobile originally stumped me a well.  I wanted something cute (obviously.)  And cheap.  And something that was as interesting to look at from the baby’s perspective as it would be from standing outside the crib.  And while our general nursery theme is going to be “animals”,  I not really stuck on that (hence the abacus).  I knew if we were having a girl a bird mobile would be in order, but for a boy I was worried it would be too feminine.  Oh and I wanted it to move a lot.

So I did an inspiration search on Etsy.  And if you do not want to DIY there are so many amazing mobiles there. 

But after drooling over all the possibilities, I came up with pinwheels.  They fit all my criteria minus the animal thing and I was OK with that as I do not want the space to become too themey.

I could have made simple pinwheels and called it a day, but no, I had to do a google search and find more interesting and more time consuming ones.  That’s the way I like to make projects take 5 times as long as normal people.

Anyway, I found this great pinwheel pattern from Heather Bailey.  And I basically followed the first steps.

pinwheel mobile

Her tutorial calls for double sided cardstock.  I ended up with some solid cardstock and some scrapbook paper that I glue sticked together to make it double sided.  I found this to work great.

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Then the time consuming part.  Copying the pattern piece onto the paper and cutting it out.  Each pinwheel takes two of these.  Since I made 11 of them, I repeated this step 22 times. 

Very long and boring….but an easy project to do while vegging out in front of the TV. 

I am not much of a paper crafter, so I had to buy a mini paper punch to make the holes.  It was another purchase, but it made the whole process so much easier.

pinwheel mobile

After you meticulously cut them out, slide them together and put a little glue around the center so they do not slide apart.

pinwheel mobile

For each of my pinwheels, one piece was solid and the other was pattern. 

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Then, like she instructs, you attach an eyelet through the center hole.  She says to put a second eyelet in to bring all the pieces together in the center to form your pinwheel, but I found this too difficult.  I could not maneuver the eyelet setter thing (I told you I was not a papercrafter) inside the pinwheel and bang the top with a hammer without totally crunching my paper or having some of the spindles fall off the eyelet.  Grrrrr.  So I bought some mini brads from the scrapbooking aisle and those worked like a charm.

Now that the pinwheels were all constructed, we just needed to figure out a way to hang them in a mobile like fashion.  My first thought was constructing something out of wire.

So Derek spent an evening trying to manipulate wire in such a fashion to make it look smooth and professional while being able to allow 11 pinwheels to spin gracefully.  This part of the project led to Derek’s frustration…..and three crumbled up masses of wire.  I thought about photographing that for the blog, but decided that it would not would have been appreciated. 

Onto Plan B….the old standby of dowel rods. 

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We decided to use one longer dowel rod as the base and then make two X’s with smaller dowel rods to hang beneath.  The X’s were secured with fishing line and wood glue and then spray painted.  Holes were drilled at the end of all the dowel rods in order to be able to string fishing line through to hold pinwheels.

And then the fun task of hanging the pinwheels with fishing line began.  This was a two person job….one person to hold the contraption and the other to string the pinwheels.  Or to play with the pinwheels and watch them spin while the other did all the work.  Not that that was me though.   I was focused the whole time.

Anyway, we used a bead strung through the eyelet hole to secure the pinwheels and allowed them to move freely in the breeze.  We constructed each dowel rod X separately with its pinwheels at varying heights and then put it all together to get this:

pinwheel mobile

pinwheel mobile

And the view from the crib looks like this:

pinwheel mobile

pinwheel mobile

They spin so easily…I almost made a video of them spinning.  But then decided that it may be the most boring video ever.  So I didn’t.  You’re welcome.

pinwheel mobile

pinwheel mobile

pinwheel mobile

Hopefully he likes watching it as much as I did while we were putting it together.  Or hopefully half as much when he is not busy sleeping through the night:).

16 comments:

  1. Jenny, I was on the same page as you for the bird mobile, until we found out its a boy :) So I LOVE your pinwheel mobile idea so much, go ahead and make that video I wanna see them spin :)

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  2. Super cute! Love all the colors and patterns. You win the patience award. I'd have been done after one! ;)

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  3. Love the pinwheels! Such a good idea. And how did I somehow miss along the way that you are having a boy!? So exciting. Baby boys are my new favorite :)

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  4. This is awesome! Tommy just got a pinwheel in his Easter basket and he's mesmerized by it - I think your little one will love this!

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  5. (PS - Just letting you know I spotlighted this post today at NewlyWoodwards.)

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  6. How fun! I'd like to do this in my grand daughter's room. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love the pinwheels, Jenny! And the abacus too! I just couldn't comment on it last week because we were on vacation in the Hudson River Valley. The whole room is coming together so nicely with such fun colors! How you do all of this and work as well is beyond me. But enjoy it now; come July you'll be too busy for projects!

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  8. This is so awesome! I've already started the bird mobile, but if it doesn't work out, I'm totally going to copy this! Your nursery is turning out so cute!

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  9. Aww <3 this is sooo cute! Looks lovely! Need to try making it myself some day.

    - Urska
    http://livecreateinspire.blogspot.com/

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  10. I'm new to your blog from Kim @ NewlyWoodwards, love it! I just spent an hour reading your previous posts! Your nursery is perfection!

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  11. I love your nursery! Beautiful, and cool!

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  12. I love, love, love this. And the abacus. And the wall color (off to see if you have the source listed). Unfortunately, my baby boy is already almost 8 months old. So the question is, do I make these things now or wait for the next kiddo?

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  13. Jenny I cannot believe how creative you are! First the abacus and now the pinwheel mobile!! Love them both!

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    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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