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Butterfly Mobile

I made this butterfly mobile in anticipation of a new little granddaughter that will be born later this month.  There are 160 butterflies that were cut with the Pazzles Inspiration using one of the Pazzles Craft room butterfly cutting files.  The butterflies were paired together over fishing wire and tulle was added between the wings. It was difficult to photograph due to it’s large size, but the Pion Design pink papers from the collection From My Heart II were just gorgeous for this project!  Perfect for a baby girl!  
I would be grateful if you could check out this post also on the Pion Design blog for today (July 1).

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I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Products used:
Pion Design: From my Heart II 12×12 ~ Small roses ~ PD2003
Pion Design: From Grandmas Attic ~ tinted ~ Family PD3101
fishing wire
Melissa Francis:  Chiswick frame
embroidery hoop
ivory lace
ivory satin ribbon
tulle
self-adhesive pearls

14 Responses to Butterfly Mobile

  1. Gail says:

    This is just lovely…made with TLC. Great job!
    How long did it take to make?

    • Tara Brown says:

      Hi Gail – thanks so much for your nice comment! It was an all day project. I used the Pazzles Inspiration to cut out all the butterflies which just took a few minutes, but assembly and decoration was what took so long. Have a great week!

  2. Michelle Paddick Marks says:

    simply Stunning Tara! love it!

  3. Cathy says:

    This is absolutely exquisite and could be used in so many ways! Thank you
    for sharing our beautiful creation.
    Cathy

  4. JosScrapShack . says:

    Oh my gosh this is just BEAUTIFUL Tara!! How long did this take you to make? I love it so much.. wow.
    Hugs,
    Jo

    • Tara Brown says:

      Hi Jo!- thanks so much for your nice comment! It was an all day project. I used the Pazzles Inspiration to cut out all the butterflies which just took a few minutes, but assembly and decoration was what took so long. Have a great week!

  5. Paula Gale says:

    This took my breath away as is everything else – I can’t believe I’ve never visited your beautiful blog before – its full of gorgeousness and full of inspiration and just so pleasing to the eye… they must all take you hours to complete… I hope to do something inspired by you sometime soon.

    Thank you for awakening my want to craft and make beautiful things like you.

    Paula x x x

  6. Katie says:

    Do you sell these mobiles? If so, I would love to buy it. I am looking for one just like this for my baby girl…I am due in a few months.

    • TarasStudio says:

      Hi Katie,
      Congratulations on your new baby girl! I don’t sell this particular project, but it’s very easy to make though. All you need are some pink matching papers to cut out butterflies, some fishing wire, satin ribbon, hot glue, and an embroidery hoop. Let me know if you’re interested in making this project and I can give you more instruction details.
      Tara

  7. Kristina Gough says:

    This is just so beautiful! In fact, everything on your blog is! I am just astounded at your creativity 🙂 And I’m going to attempt to recreate this for my baby girl due in 4 months. Is that offer still open to provide more detailed instructions? So excited to start this project!

  8. isa says:

    Bravo c’est vraiment très joli, j’aime beaucoup tout ce que vous faites. Merci de nous montrer votre magnifique travail.

  9. Diana says:

    Hi Tara,

    This is the most beautiful mobile I have ever seen. Would you be interested in recreating this? You can private email me at dyermian@hotmail.com . I would be willing to pay a great price because I know it’s time consuming , I am in love with this. 🙂

  10. Laura says:

    Hi Tara!!

    This is absolutely beautiful!! I would love to make this. Is there any way you can give me detailed instructions?

    • Tara Brown says:

      Hello Laura, It’s been a while since I have made this, so I’ll try to give you as much instruction as I can remember about it! First start with a 10″ embroidery hoop. Take some thin wire and wrap one end of the wire around the hoop and stretch it across the hoop tightly and wrap it around the opposite area of the hoop. Do this one more time to make an “X” across the hoop with the wire. Cut 21 strands of fishing wire in varying lengths: 12 16″ strands, 8 18″ strands, and 1 20″ strand. Tie the 16″ ends of the fishing wire around the hoop – there should be 3 evenly spaced strands per section of the “X” for a total of 12 around the hoop. Next, tie the 8 18″ strands to the wire itself, using 2 of these 18″ strands per leg of the “X” evenly spaced. Tie the longest 20″ strand to the intersection of the “X” in the very middle. Wrap and glue satin ribbon around the hoop. Now you will need to cut lots of paper butterflies. I used an electronic cutting machine to cut them out, which made things easy, but you can use a butterfly punch. Each of the butterflies will be doubled on the fishing wire strand, and there needs to be 3 to 4 evenly spaced butterflies on each fishing wire strand, meaning there actually will be 6 to 8 per wire once they are doubled. So you will need to cut between 80 to 160 butterflies (depending on how full you want it to look) since they will be doubled. The butterflies I made measured 1 3/4″ height by 3″ width. Take a hot glue gun and begin glueing the centers of two butterflies together with the fishing wire in between the two butterflies. Evenly space 3 to 4 of the doubled butterflies per strand. Be sure and spread apart the double wings. (Note – I actually put some toulle in between the two butterflies for added effect, but this is optional.) Once you are finished, take several strips of toulle and tie it around the hoop in different places, then bring the strips together at the top and form a bow. I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any more questions about the process! Thank you for your comment!