As you probably all know, Valentine’s day is only two weeks away and I’ve therefore decided to make something to celebrate the day. Now, I have to admit that I’m not really one for the “all out red overdose” which seems to generally take over this time of the year. It wouldn’t fit in with my general style and decor and since this project requires a bit of patience, I like to be able to keep it as a decoration for a little longer than just one day without it looking out of place. If, however, you prefer the red colour scheme, you can use red string and paper and I would, in that case, even advise to give the hoop a quick lick of red paint.

Right then, I hope you remember what I said in my last craft post? Keep the inner ring of the embroidery hoop, you will need it for another project. And this is the one!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • The inner ring of a 12″ embroidery hoop
  • 2-3 sheets of A3 craft paper or packaging paper
  • 3 heart shapes – I’ve used old cutters, but you can download simple templates online or hand draw them if you wish
  • 1.8m of string – I’ve used one which is about 3mm thick and provides a “visual balance”
  • Very light (cream) sewing yarn
  • Basic PVA (craft) glue
  • A paint brush to apply the glue
  • A pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Small scissors – either nail or découpage ones

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tip

Should you be in the lucky position of having very high ceilings in your home, you can measure a longer length of the string. Alternatively, since the “length-ratio” of string to hearts works quite nicely, attach a length of nylon yarn to the tied together string and use that to hang it up.

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here's how it's done...

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    On your craft paper mark out the following amounts of hearts: 36 large, 54 medium, and 36 small. Grab a cup of tea and start cutting them all out – sorry, no shortcut here…

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    Once all the hearts are cut out, fold each of them into half which will result in them looking like drops.

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    Measure 3 lengths of 60cm each of the string and cut them.

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    Now take the embroidery hoop and attach the 3 pieces of string to it. Try to space them out as evenly as possible. Take the 3 loose ends and tie them together making sure the hoop hangs horizontally.

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    Next, measure 6 lengths of 80cm each of the sewing yarn. Tie two of these lengths between two of the already attached strings.

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    Now comes the part where you’ll really see it all coming together… For each 3D heart, you will need three same-size cut out hearts. First, apply glue to one half and stick half of a second heart to it. Apply glue to the second half of the heart you’ve just glued onto the first and attach the third heart.

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    Before glueing together the third half, place the sewing yarn into the middle and then press together. This will give you a 3D heart shape which looks great from any angle.

    Repeat with all the hearts. You might find it easier if the hoop is already hanging with the yarn dangling off it…

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    On each length of the yarn you will have 7 hearts. I have placed them as follows: large, medium, large, medium, small, medium, small. You can space them out slightly unevenly which looks quite nice. Cut off any excess yarn at the end.

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    All that remains now is to find a lovely place for you to hang it!

tip

Should you be in the lucky position of having very high ceilings in your home, you can measure a longer length of the string. Alternatively, since the “length-ratio” of string to hearts works quite nicely, attach a length of nylon yarn to the tied together string and use that to hang it up.

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By Carole Poirot on 04.02.13

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2 responses to “Make Your Own Valentine’s Mobile”

  1. This is such a lovely idea!! I’m feeling inspired to get crafting, thanks so much for the how-to.

  2. Hi Elly, I’m glad you like it and hope you have fun making the mobile :-)

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