The Perfect Gift: Clay Chandelier Mobile

September 9, 2013

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Text and photos by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Let me guess: someone you know is having a baby, or about to adopt, or is decorating a nursery, and you’re on the hunt for a baby gift that will knock their socks off. May I humbly suggest a pretty little mobile, hand made in their very favorite colors?

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

They can hang it above the changing table, or the bassinet — there is a calming peace that comes with the quiet twirl of a mobile.

Or maybe they’ll hang it in the corner of the family room to add some visual interest to the space.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

With air dry clay, an embroidery hoop, string and some paint, the possibilities are endless.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Supplies:

-air-dry clay
-brayer, rolling pin
-ruler
-cutting blade, shape cutters
-awl
-paint
-brushes
-embroidery hoop, just the interior loop
-stringing material

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

First, roll out the air-dry clay to your desired thickness. Cut out or punch out your desired shapes. Make sure to add a hole to thread the string through.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Lay them out to fully dry. Dry times will vary between clay brands so follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

While the clay is drying, paint the embroidery hoops. And once the clay pieces are dry, paint them as well.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Once the paint on everything has dried, add crisscrossing loops on the one side of the hoop to act as hangers. Having these in place before added the shapes is helpful.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Begin stringing up the shapes on the hoop. They can be hung any which way you’d like, just pay attention to the balance.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Then hang where you’d like.

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Perfect Gift with Design Mom: Clay Chandelier Mobile | this heart of mine
September 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

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1 emily September 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

gorgeous and clever! and so many, many possibilities. thanks for sharing!

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2 Delia September 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I adore this Amy!

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3 Shawnee February 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

This is so cute…

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