Spring is in the air and flowers are preparing to bloom. Bring some of that beauty indoors by creating a spring flower mobile that seems to float in mid-air. This project is simple, inexpensive, and allows you to be creative. If flowers are not your thing, what about butterflies, bees, or just foliage? There are many possibilities so try a different one in each room.
You will need:
• Floral wire
• Wire cutter
• Utility knife
• Tacky glue
• One of the following: fabric butterflies, silk flowers, foliage, decorative bees, birds, etc.
• Clear or white sewing thread
• Ceiling hooks
Step 1: Create several orbs from the floral wire. Start by forming wire into a few loops in the desired size of the orb. Keep wrapping wire to create a 3D ball. Make different sized orbs to enhance the visual appeal of the result. If desired, allow a few wires to stick out from the orbs.
Step 2: Remove foliage or blooms from stems. If these feature a hollow nub that slid over the stem, use the knife to make a one-centimeter vertical cut up the center of each nub. This makes it easier to affix the foliage or flowers to the wire.
Step 3: Apply a dab of glue to the interior of the sliced nub, slide the nub onto the desired spot on the wire orb, and allow this to dry. Repeat this process for each flower or leaf. For butterflies, bees, and other items without stems, apply a dab of glue to the appropriate spot, attach the item to the wire orb, and allow the glue to dry. Apply these decorations in random fashion on each orb.
Step 4: Drill small pilot holes in the spots on the ceiling where the mobile will be hung. Screw a ceiling hook into each pilot hole.
Step 5: Select a spot on the orb to attach the thread. Pinch the wire a bit in this spot to create a place for the thread loop. Attach the desired length of thread to the orb, tying one end onto the bent spot on the metal wire. Attach the other end of the thread to the ceiling hook, adjusting the length as desired. Repeat this step for each orb.