{Freebie Friday} Raindrop Pattern Paper & Umbrella Mobile Tutorial

As promised, I’m here today to give you a little tutorial on how to incorporate those little cocktail umbrellas from a couple Freebie Fridays ago into a seasonally appropriate mobile. I also thought I’d throw in some raindrop patterned paper inspired by my Daydreams In Umbrellas post in case you want to make some other craft or to wrap gifts and top it with a little umbrella!

 

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Fold your card stock in half.
  2. Draw your clouds and raindrops. I put one cloud with several raindrops per strand. Adjust accordingly based on how long your strand will be. Remember that the clouds and raindrops don’t have to be perfect! It’s all part of nature and the charm.
  3. Cut out your cloud and raindrops. It’s OK if you miss the lines you drew because you can turn them inside out to hide the lines.
  4. Cut your thread or microfilament to however long you’d like.
  5. Apply adhesive down the center of one of your clouds and sandwich the thread between the two. This will adhere the two sides of the cloud/raindrop to each other and the thread. Continue with the raindrops. Leave the very bottom of the thread open for your umbrella. Move onto next step when you finish all your strands.
  6. Plug in your glue gun and place a dot of glue on the top point of your umbrella. Place the end of the thread strand on the dot until it dries. Move onto next step when you finish all your strands.
  7. Now it’s time to put them on the embroidery hoop to hang. You can also just leave them as strands to hang in a doorway. Just be careful of those umbrella toothpick handles! They can be sharp. Open the embroidery hoop and tape each strand to the inside hoop as you like.
  8. Once you’re done attaching all your strands, slip on the outside hoop and tie on some thread to hand your new mobile. This will be a balancing act. Just keep adjusting the thread left and right until it hangs balanced.

Raindrop Pattern Paper

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Berry

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Blush

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Orange

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Chartreuse

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Blue

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Purple

Daydream-In-Color-Raindrop-Patterned-Paper-Multicolored

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9 Comments

  • Diana
    October 29, 2011 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    it’s snowing here ALREADY! – just for a day though. a lot of the leaves are still green! where is FALL? tomorrow will be sunny though. Only the 4th time in recorded history that it’s snowed in NYC in October. lol.

    • Connie
      October 29, 2011 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Diana – That’s crazy! I hope it warms up!

  • November 4, 2011 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

    What an adorable mobile! Nice job!

  • November 8, 2011 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    eep this is the most adorable thing ever.

    • Connie
      November 8, 2011 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Tara – Thanks!

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  • November 21, 2011 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    precioso!!!!! :))))

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