As of late, when we have guests over to our house, regardless of whether they are new or familiar faces, within 3-5 minutes of their arrival they are lured into my 3-year-old’s bedroom for a rapid fire show and tell of every toy, stuffed animal, dress up outfit, and most proudly, her new big–big girl bed.
The new bed meant a little re-arranging and left the corner of her room looking bare. I spotted this fantastic fringe trim during my first visit to the Los Angeles fashion district, but since I can’t sew, sadly left it on the shelf until I had just the right project. And viola. Now I’m fighting the urge to fringe everything. Pillows, clothes, the couch, the toilet. It’s serious, you guys. Maybe in my last life I was a flapper?!
This piece adds a playful fluidity to the room and acts as a step-up, if you will, from a baby mobile (though I’m sure a little babe would find one of these just as delightful over her bed).
DIY Tassel Mobile
- 2 yards fringe trim (mine was 8 inches long; you can use any length, but it will affect the height of the final piece)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- 3 gold craft rings (I purchased a 10-, 8-, and 4-inch circle at Joann)
- Fishing line
- Ceiling hook
- The trickiest part is gluing the initial piece of trim. I found it easiest to lay the fringe flat on a table, apply about 2 inches of hot glue to the top, and then hold the gold ring perpendicular to the table, pressing onto the trim. Repeat in 2-inch increments, careful to evenly adhere the material to the ring. Continue until the entire ring is covered and repeat with two smaller rings.
- Decide how high you’d like to hang the piece and cut three pieces of fishing line according to that measurement, plus 3 inches. Secure each end of the fishing line to the largest ring with a double knot (and reinforce with hot glue, if you like), spacing evenly around the ring.
- Gather the three strings at the top and tie together about 3 inches from the end of the lines. Knot a second time, leaving a loop at the top to hang.
- I went ahead and hung the large circle to then decide how low I wanted to hang circle two and three. Measure three pieces of fishing line from the distance between circles, plus 3 inches extra for knotting. Secure each end of the fishing line to the largest ring with a double knot (and reinforce with hot glue, if you like), spacing evenly around the ring. It might be helpful to have a second pair of hands here to hold the third line and make sure the circle is suspended evenly. These lines will then be tied below to the second circle.
- Repeat this process with the third and smallest circle until all three are hanging evenly. Ta-da! Hang proudly.
Good luck resisting the fringe obsession!More On