Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yellow mobile - a tutorial

Don't you just love it when you have an idea that is REALLY simple and easy, but then it takes you FOR-LIKE-EVER to actually do it? Yeah, me too. I had the idea to make this yellow mobile thing BEFORE my parents came over, so we're looking at atleast 3 weeks ago. I did manage to paint some watercolour paper yellow. But that was as far as I got. Until the other day when I FINALLY got my act together and made it. And it's really quite easy. So easy I thought I'd make a tutorial for it! ;-)

Take some watercolour paper and paint it with your favourite colour or another colour or a combination or use some coloured card. However if you colour the paper yourself it has the added bonus of both colour and white which looks rather nice. Cut your paper into squares and rectangles of different sizes.

Cut the corners with a corner rounder. You may need a small one for the smaller squares. Or you can skip this step entirely. I just like round corners and would like to apply them to more things in life.

Punch holes in your squares with a needle. Do some across and some lengthwise so you get a variation on the square theme.

Thread a needle and string your squares. Remember to tie the thread around the square at the top and bottom. I'm not sure how to explain this properly, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. And your method might be better than mine anyway. The point is, though, that if you don't secure the top and bottom, you'll end up with all your squares lumped together at the bottom of your string.

And that's it. Now you just need a place to hang it. I did this by sticking it to the shelf over my desk with a piece of clear tape. Rather clever, eh? ;-) The desk is right next to the telly, so the mobile is kept in motion by the heat from the telly.

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