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How To Make A Festive Holiday Mobile

Updated on December 23, 2016
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Holiday project made with embroidery hoops in a few simple steps...

Article By Sharon Stajda

This decorative holiday mobile is inexpensive and easy to make. You might even have some of the supplies you will need , right in your home. I think once you see how easy this Christmas mobile is to make, you just might make a few to give as Christmas gifts.

The Christmas mobile is a wonderful decoration, and can dress up any area you might choose to hang it. What's fun about this project is that you can really use your creative abilities. You choose the motif of the centerpiece, you can add a photo, an ornament, greens, a non- flame candle - you name it.

I hope when making your mobile you will be creative, and add your own special touches to your design. Keep in mind, the centerpiece of the mobile is where you can really personalize your project.

Just a note to anyone that might make this festive mobile. Please stop back in, and leave me a message at the Guestbook . I would love to hear of how you might have personalized your mobile.

Item's You Will Need To have On Hand - Make a list of things you will need.

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personal photos

Things you will need to make a mobile

Embroidery hoop - 2

Ribbon of your choice

Ribbon:

3 yards for wrapping hoops

3 yards for making two bows

Hot Glue Gun plus glue sticks

Decorative seasonal pic's:and or decorative ornament

or choice of item for centerpiece of mobile. (See step Four)

Scissors

Wire cutters if needed to cut pic's

Wrap Embroidery hoops with ribbon.

Srep 1 :  Use hot Glue to glue tip of ribbon to first embroidery hoop.
Srep 1 : Use hot Glue to glue tip of ribbon to first embroidery hoop.
Step 2 : Then  wrap ribbon around embroidery hoop. Repeat wrapping of ribbon on second hoop.
Step 2 : Then wrap ribbon around embroidery hoop. Repeat wrapping of ribbon on second hoop.
Your now ready  to put your Embroidery hoops together.
Your now ready to put your Embroidery hoops together.

Step one - preparing your embroidery hoops

Step One : Use hot Glue to glue tip of ribbon to first embroidery hoop. Let it dry, and then began to wrap ribbon tightly to embroidery hoop. Wrap as to have edges of ribbon meet or slightly overlapped, this give nicer look. Wrap until the embroidery hoop is covered with ribbon. Glue tip of ribbon where it meets first glued ribbon. Let dry. Repeat steps one on second hoop.

Tip: I like to use 1/2 to 1 inch wide ribbon for wrapping the hoops. This size of ribbon is easy to wrap round the hoops, and gives a nice smooth appearance.

Step Two Glue The Hoops Together

Put one embroidery hoop inside the other. Adjust embroidery hoops as so they are equally spaced apart, as shown in photo. When adjusted, add a bit of glue at joints (top and bottom of hoops). Let dry well before moving on to the next step.


Fitting and gluing the embroidery hoops together

Step 1: Time to fit the two embroidery hoops together, to create the mobile, and the setting for your centerpiece decoration.    The embroidery hoop with the screw will be the top hoop, fit the slightly smaller hoop into the hoop with the screw.
Step 1: Time to fit the two embroidery hoops together, to create the mobile, and the setting for your centerpiece decoration. The embroidery hoop with the screw will be the top hoop, fit the slightly smaller hoop into the hoop with the screw.

Step two - securing the two embroidery hoop together.

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Personalize The Centerpiece of Your Mobile - Make it simple or ornate, the option's are endless...

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Step Three

This is the step where you put your personal touch to the Christmas mobile.

It's up to you to come up with a smashing centerpiece for your mobile. I have created many wonderful centerpiece versions for this easy mobile.

The Christmas mobile I used as an example on this lens, as you can see, is elegant. I Used elements to create an elegant opulent looking mobile. By using a gold "fleur-de-lis" ornament,wonderful multi opulent of ribbon's, and adding pic's with glitz, I created just the look I was shooting for. As I said, It's up to you to create a personal motif for your mobile. Do you love homespun Christmas décor? If so wrap your embroidery hoops in strips of decorative holiday cotton fabric. Add a simple wooded ornament, and use a few strips of cotton along with a bit of raffia to make the top bow, also dangle raffia, and cotton strips at the bottom of the mobile.

You can also wrap your embroidery hoops in yarn, cording, use your created talents, the options are unlimited. Personalize your mobiles centerpiece. Example: Have a ballerina in the family? Pick up an ornament such as a pair of ballet slippers or check out "Michael's" they actually have a ballerina figure ornament this year. Either choices would be wonderful to work into the centerpiece of your mobile for that special little ballerina.

A few suggestions:

A festive holiday greens pic.

A well chosen holiday ornament

Mistletoe ball

A small framed frame with photo

A small floral arrangement

A battery candle with greens ( Glade no light candle)

A miniature holiday tea cup and saucer

Use your imagination, there are so many wonderful items that could be added as the centerpiece to your mobile...

Step Four Time to get creative !

This step is where your own creativity comes into play.

At this juncture, it's up to you to personalize your mobile, with a centerpiece. The centerpiece will sit in the center, inside the mobile.

It's time to choose just the right decorative item to be added to the inner center of your mobile.

A few suggestions:

A festive holiday greens pic.

A well chosen holiday ornament

Mistletoe ball

A small framed frame with photo

A small floral arrangement

A battery candle with greens ( Glade no light candle)

A miniature holiday tea cup and saucer

Use your imagination, there are so many wonderful item's that could be added as the centerpiece to your mobile...

Step Five Making The Centerpiece...

This is the fun part !

Making the centerpiece is fun, it's where you can really get creative.

To hang an ornament, as a rule ornaments have their own little string. If so add a small piece of thread through the loop of the ornaments string, secure to mobile by tiring it around the top joint.

Do this step before adding any top bow.

If the item you have picked does not have a string, it's time to use your glue gun. Glue the item to the top or bottom joint, as you desire its placement.

Adding greens or pic's. Cut excess wire stem, as so the pic will sit flat at bottom or top joint of your mobile. Hot glue pic to chosen joint. At this time you may choose to add additional décor to your centerpiece, such as a few other small pic's, glue any additions to base decoration.

Time to make your bow's. Again, bows can be ornate or very simple. You can use one bow or several, if you like perfusion.

Bows can be added at the top only or top and bottom. You can use streaming ribbons hanging from the bottom joint, to add that over the top whimsical look.

Bows can be hot glued in place or actually tied around the joint or joints.

Making your centerpiece

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Step 1: Glue pic at bottom joint of mobile, let dry.Step 2: If you will be adding an ornament, tie to top joint of mobile or glue.Step 3: Time to tie a length of ribbon at top joint of mobile. Thread ribbon under top joint of mobile tie tightly at outer top of top joint.    This ribbon will be needed to hang suspend your mobile, from where you decide to hang it.Step 4:  Adding the bow or bows at the top of your mobile can be done two ways. You may choose to tie the bow under the top joint of the mobile. You can also use your hot glue gun, and glue the bow inn place at the top of the top joint.Step 5: As you see I am adding a second bow. I glued the second bow in place.
Step 1: Glue pic at bottom joint of mobile, let dry.
Step 1: Glue pic at bottom joint of mobile, let dry. | Source
Step 2: If you will be adding an ornament, tie to top joint of mobile or glue.
Step 2: If you will be adding an ornament, tie to top joint of mobile or glue. | Source
Step 3: Time to tie a length of ribbon at top joint of mobile. Thread ribbon under top joint of mobile tie tightly at outer top of top joint.    This ribbon will be needed to hang suspend your mobile, from where you decide to hang it.
Step 3: Time to tie a length of ribbon at top joint of mobile. Thread ribbon under top joint of mobile tie tightly at outer top of top joint. This ribbon will be needed to hang suspend your mobile, from where you decide to hang it. | Source
Step 4:  Adding the bow or bows at the top of your mobile can be done two ways. You may choose to tie the bow under the top joint of the mobile. You can also use your hot glue gun, and glue the bow inn place at the top of the top joint.
Step 4: Adding the bow or bows at the top of your mobile can be done two ways. You may choose to tie the bow under the top joint of the mobile. You can also use your hot glue gun, and glue the bow inn place at the top of the top joint. | Source
Step 5: As you see I am adding a second bow. I glued the second bow in place.
Step 5: As you see I am adding a second bow. I glued the second bow in place. | Source

Step Six - Adding the ribbon that your mobile will hang from

This is where you can get very creativity ... You may choose to use the same ribbon that you wrapped your embroidery hoops in or you might choose to use a different type of ribbon altogether?

Take 1 1/2 piece of ribbon, thread ribbon under top joint of mobile, Even out length of ribbon at ends tips. Proceed to tie at top, outside of embroidery hoop's.

You may also hang several additional decorative ribbons at the bottom joint of the mobile. They make a very pretty look, very whimsical... As I said this step is where you can show off creativity.

Here Is My Finished Christmas Mobile. I made Two And Hung Them In My Livingroon

Here Is My Finished Christmas Mobile...
Here Is My Finished Christmas Mobile... | Source

This Is Another Holiday Mobile I Created For My Dining Room Chandelier

Hey - Hear is my newest mobile
Hey - Hear is my newest mobile | Source

Here Is a Mobile I made as a gift - for my granddaughter - I am proud to say - she is a ballerina...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am going to have to try this this Christmas.

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