As promised, I’m here today to give you a little tutorial on how to incorporate those little cocktail umbrellas from a couple Freebie Fridays ago into a seasonally appropriate mobile. I also thought I’d throw in some raindrop patterned paper inspired by my Daydreams In Umbrellas post in case you want to make some other craft or to wrap gifts and top it with a little umbrella!
- Card stock (in cloud and raindrop colors)
- Mini cocktail umbrellas you’ve made in the past Freebie Friday
- Microfilament or thread or yarn
- Embroidery hoop
- Glue gun
- Paper adhesive
- Fold your card stock in half.
- Draw your clouds and raindrops. I put one cloud with several raindrops per strand. Adjust accordingly based on how long your strand will be. Remember that the clouds and raindrops don’t have to be perfect! It’s all part of nature and the charm.
- Cut out your cloud and raindrops. It’s OK if you miss the lines you drew because you can turn them inside out to hide the lines.
- Cut your thread or microfilament to however long you’d like.
- Apply adhesive down the center of one of your clouds and sandwich the thread between the two. This will adhere the two sides of the cloud/raindrop to each other and the thread. Continue with the raindrops. Leave the very bottom of the thread open for your umbrella. Move onto next step when you finish all your strands.
- Plug in your glue gun and place a dot of glue on the top point of your umbrella. Place the end of the thread strand on the dot until it dries. Move onto next step when you finish all your strands.
- Now it’s time to put them on the embroidery hoop to hang. You can also just leave them as strands to hang in a doorway. Just be careful of those umbrella toothpick handles! They can be sharp. Open the embroidery hoop and tape each strand to the inside hoop as you like.
- Once you’re done attaching all your strands, slip on the outside hoop and tie on some thread to hand your new mobile. This will be a balancing act. Just keep adjusting the thread left and right until it hangs balanced.
Raindrop Pattern Paper
This week we’ve:
- made mulled apple cider in apple cups with free tags
- collected rainbows with fresh flowers on paper
- were inspired by the natural art installation Dye In The Wool
- had a weekend of cleaning and The Red Balloon
- played Color Memory with a skirt and nail polish
- wished we were Tatsuro Kiuchi
- daydreamed in insects for Halloween
How is the weather where you are?