Today's How-To is an expansion of my What to Do With Scraps of Felt Part VII: Make a Festive Garland. It starts with strands of felt shapes weighted by jingle bells and attaches them to a simple frame to create a mobile.
- Scraps of felt
- Fishing line
- Jingle bells
- 20 gauge brass wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutter (most needle-nose pliers are also wire-cutters)
- Flat-nose pliers
Follow the directions in my previous post to create three or four strands of felt shapes weighted at one of their ends with large jingle bells, but make them shorter than you would a garland; for example, 3-4 shapes per strand.
Next, cut a length of brass wire about 9 inches long for each strand of felt shapes. Gather them together in a bunch and twist them together at one end using the flat-nose pliers to hold the bunch still and the needle-nose pliers to do the twisting. Twist the bunch enough times for a length of twisted wire long enough to create a hook or loop.
Straighten out the individual pieces of wire and loop them at their ends.
Attach the strands of felt shapes to the loops. Set your brass-wire frame on a level surface so it isn't swinging around while you work.
Hang your frame from something stable and adjust the top hook/loop and individual arms of the frame to balance the strands of felt out. (Clearly, my mobile still needs a bit of balancing!)
Stand back and admire your work. Wait for a breeze and watch it come to life.
A few tips
Leave yourself enough length at the top of your strands of felt shapes so as to be able tie them onto the brass-wire frame with ease.
Until next time,