Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paper Airplane Mobile

A while back, one of my readers commented that she wished in a comment on my Button Butterfly Art that I would post some decorating ideas/crafts for boys. This stumped me for a little while, since, well, I don’t have any boys. My poor husband is vastly outnumbered with me, our three girls, and three female cats! Ouch!

But then I had a little eureka moment—I have 5 nephews! Maybe I could incorporate something into one of their rooms. My brother did an awesome airplane mural in his son’s room—and I thought, ok, I can work off an airplane theme, right?


I knew what I wanted to do. A paper airplane mobile to hang over his changing table, in green and blue (the colors of his room). I had the materials. I even made the paper airplanes. I used the origami pattern found here for the airplanes.

Fast forward…well, a month.  I found the perfect framework for the mobile—metal embroidery hoops! One I found at a thrift store for $.50 I think. The other I found at a church attic sale for $.25. Score!

I took the cork off the embroidery hoop.

So now all I had to do was assemble the silly thing.

I used a needle to thread some thread into the paper airplanes. I made the thread longer than I thought I needed. And then I tied a bunch of knots. I wished I had progress photos...

...But I was tying a lot of knots.

But now, it's finally done!

I hope my little nephew loves looking up at it!


  1. I love this idea! So cute and very well put together. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I love it. Great job. I would love looking at it, too! Thanks for sharing at Have a great weekend!

  3. I am an airplane person and love this mobile!

    1. It's super easy--except tying all those threads are time consuming! Try it!

  4. It turned out really cute! I know my little boys would love it!!

  5. So very cute and a great job. Love the mobile with the airplanes. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  6. I love this! What a great idea for a mobile! Hope you will stop by and share with my Pink Hippo Party @
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  7. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts. You were featured today!

  8. This turned out great! Thanks for sharing at It's Overflowing. XO, Aimee

  9. Very cute! I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Have a super weekend.

  10. What a great idea to use the old embroidery hoops for a mobile! I have some antique silverware that I have ready to make a wind-chime out of but couldn't figure out what to hang them from.