My cousin and I just got done throwing a baby shower for my sister, keeping with a construction/tool theme. I decided I wanted to try to make a few mobiles for decoration. I found a mobile I liked on Martha Stewart, and took off running from there.
Materials I used:
1 large embroidery hoop (separated into the two hoops to form two mobiles)
1 package foam circles (I got mine at WalMart)
These are the circles I got from WalMart.
I then painted the foam circles to match the colors of the baby shower. I tried to make sure that each circle was a different color on the front and the back. I painted 16 circles total.
I took 4 of the circles and cut them down to medium size, then I took 4 other circles and cut them down to small size.
I then poked a hole in the top of each circle using a nail...because that's what I had that worked.
I then cut 16 lengths of string (about 18" long). The eye's of my needles were to small to fit the crochet thread, so I pushed the crochet thread through with a needle.
I tied a knot right at the foam circle to keep it from slipping around.
I then tied a knot further up the string, making sure that each string had a knot at a different length.
Using the second knot as a stop, I tied the string to one section of the embroidery hoop.
(This step can be done earlier). I then used a black paint pen to color the edges of the foam to make it look more uniform and tidy.
For the top of the mobile, I cut 6 2' lengths of string (3 for each mobile) and tied them to the hoop (I just eyeballed the locations to get them on equally).
For the top holder, I bought 2 wood beads.
I painted the beads green, then I threaded the 3 top strings (not attached to foam circles) through the hole in the center (tying a knot to keep the bead from slipping all the way down) and then hot glued the ends in place, forming a loop.
To finish the edge, I hot glued ribbon around the edge of the embroidery hoop, tucking and folding in the edge to make a neat finish.
I then painted tools on one side of each of the 8 large circles (to fit with the tool/construction theme).
You can see the finished mobile in the right corner.