Guest Post from Pursewna

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This post was originally published by Amy Bruce of Jacksonville, FL on her blog www.pursewna.blogspot.com. Amy owns an Etsy store full of, not only purses, but wreathes, banners, stuffed animals, and personal accessories. What ties all of Amy’s creations together is her love of fabrics. At Luna Bazaar we couldn’t help but notice that almost all of Amy’s products are made of fabric, except for this paper lantern mobile! She’s come up with a clever way to suspend the lanterns, so we wanted to share it with you on the Luna Bazaar blog. Take it away, Amy!

Paper Lantern Mobile for a Baby Girl’s Room.

I saw this picture months ago and had thought about doing it for baby girl #2’s nursery.

I
love how whimsical and fun this is!  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I love the
color combination too – I’m a sucker for coral in any way shape or
form….  AND – it seemed fairly simple for me to figure out how to do
on my own – also a HUGE plus!
I
figured that I’d start with a grid to hang the lanterns and such from so
I purchased three dowels at Michael’s, sawed them in half and spray
painted them white.  I then laid them out in the grid pattern like this:
I
used yarn leftover from my wedding favors (yep – I’ve had that yarn for
5 years!) to wrap the dowels together.  From there I started hanging
the lanterns from the grid in my sewing room:
Here
they are all tied but sitting on my table…. then I tried taking this
into the baby’s room and hanging.  Yeah – as you can guess, it didn’t
really work out well.  So I started again.  I cut all the yarn from the
lanterns so I once again had the bare grid and hung it from the ceiling.
 I used simple white eye hooks that I bought at Target – by holding the
grid up with one hand on the ceiling, I used my other hand to mark five
different spots with a pencil to know where to put the eye hooks.  (I’m
very scientific and exact about this whole thing, can you tell?)
The
grid hanging on the ceiling from the eye hooks.  I used yarn ‘loops’ to
attach the grid to the eye hooks…. from there I just started hanging
each lantern.  The lanterns came from both World Market (the largest
aqua/blue lantern that was on sale for $4) and from a great website
called Luna Bazaar.  I bought
five different sized lanterns/honeycombs from them and it was about $22
including shipping.  The smallest lanterns which are referred to as “no
frills lanterns” were only $0.95!  The white eyelet one was more like
$5.95.  

The
pom pom was made using tissue paper I picked up at Target – probably
about $1.99 for the pack.  You too can make these simple pom pom’s using
this great Martha Stewart Tutorial

I
played around a lot with lengths and placement – I wanted to have it
look ‘thrown together’ but still symmetrical… if that makes any sense
at all.

The finished product!
The
paper stringed garland was made using a scallop punch, scrapbook paper I
already had and then they were all sewn together with white thread!  I
had them in one long string and was going to loop it but I ended up
hanging it in a couple places, cutting and re-stringing on the grid
again.  
What do you guys think?  This is one of my FAVORITE ‘pieces’ in the baby’s room.  

Thanks, Amy! Thanks, too, to your husband for working with you on the pictures. This outdoor shot shows what the grid of the mobile looks like from above:

This is my favorite picture of the ones you sent: I hope you don’t mind that I erased your arms! I think the free-floating paper lanterns in the sky look really great. Thanks to both of you.

Good luck with the new little occupant of your Newborn Room!

Dorothy.

3 thoughts on “Guest Post from Pursewna

  1. {The Perfect Palette} October 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm Reply

    So many things you can do with these lanterns – love it! Brides really love them too!

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  2. {The Perfect Palette} November 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm Reply

    The Luna Bazaar collection is amazing! I’m sure it’s a favorite with brides 🙂

    Like

  3. eigna19 January 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply

    I would love to make one of these for my baby girls room (in the corner) but her room has a ceiling fan. Do you think this is too light and blow around, or do you think it would still work?

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