DIY: THE MOP MOBILE

While I’m definitely not afraid of fringe and love a good tassel or two, I tend to be more on the clean lines side of design. That being said, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a little relaxation in while working on a spontaneous “fringy” project (that just so happened to be free!).

tools:

  • drill + bits
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • wood bead (as a stopper)

supplies:

  • (2) twine rolls
  • (3) 12″ wood dowels
  • (1) cup hook

adjustables:

  • You can make this mobile with two or even one dowel if you like, I just chose to go with three for more dimension.
  • I cut my twine before attaching it to the dowel. I knew I wanted varying heights plus doing it this way meant I’d waste less twine. If you make them all long, knowing you’re going to cut some, you run the risk of running out before you’re finished covering the dowels.

1.

PREP STEP: Mark the center on each dowel (6″) with your pencil. This will be where you drill your hole to connect them. Afterwards start knotting your twine around one dowel. You’ll repeat this step for what feels like sixty-three years.

2.

Continue to add more twine knots making sure not to overlap your center marking. I drilled my holes at the end, but it would be better to add drill them before you start adding twine (just makes it a lot easier). Once you’re satisfied with the amount of twine on dowel one, move to the next, repeating the previous steps until you’re finished.

3.

Once you’re ready to connect them, take one long piece of twine and thread it through the center of one dowel and knot it. This will be the bottom dowel that the other two rest on, so make sure the knot is as secure as possible.

4.

Once secure, thread the same piece of twine through the other two dowels and attach your bead to the end of the string. This is a temporary measure just to keep the twine from coming out while you make any adjustments.

5.

Find the perfect spot to hang your mobile and screw in your cup hook. Cut off the temporary wood bead and create a loop knot once you’ve determined how far you want it to hang from the ceiling.

Now that it’s hanging securely, you can make any additional cuts. BUT BE CAREFUL, odds are your dowels are angled like mine. This is because the weight is different on each end (because the lengths are different). So anytime you cut twine off, you’re lessening the weight on that side which can cause the dowel to dangle to the more weighted end. That’s what we call a lesson learned lol. I cut some areas a bit more bluntly than others and love how it turned out in the end!

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