DIY Paper Cloud Mobile Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been perusing Etsy for cute mobiles to put in baby’s room. The paper ones really appeal to me because I don’t want anything heavy and potentially dangerous hanging over the little guy’s head at night.

When I came across some cute Cloud themed ones I decided they fit our theme and color scheme perfectly. However, before I spent $30 on something that seemed like a relatively simple DIY, I thought I would give it a go, myself.
Turns out it only took about $7 and a little over an hour of my time.
Just another reason I love crafting!

Here are the supplies needed and steps I took, if you’d like to try this project yourself.

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Supplies:
Card Stock
Scissors
Needle and White Thread
Monofilament Illusion Cord (basically fishing wire)
Ceiling Hook (For hanging)

Step 1) Cut out cloud templates in various sizes.
You’ll need 2 of the largest cloud and depending on how many smaller hanging clouds you’d like, you’ll need 3 template cut outs per cloud (in order to make them 3 dimensional).

Large Cloud Template:
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Small Cloud Template:
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(Side Note: the smaller clouds in my mobile almost look a little like flowers, because they have a rounder shape than the top cloud. If you would like to avoid that, you can print smaller versions of the large cloud template, above.)

Step 2) Once you have all of your templates cut out… Place the two large clouds on top of each other and fold down the middle, back and forth, in both directions. This will make it easier for you to fan the cloud out after the next step.
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Step 3) Sew the clouds together directly down the fold you just made.
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Step 4) Fan each side out.
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Your biggest cloud and the top of your mobile is done! 

Step 5) Repeat these steps to make your small clouds using 3 cut outs per cloud instead of 2.

Step 6) 
Poke a hole in the top and center of each small cloud with your needle. Slip the clear chord through and tie a knot. (Make sure to tighten the knot slowly. Using too much force can dent or tear a slit through the top of your paper.)
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You will do this with each of your small clouds making the chord lengths slightly different for each cloud. I had to play around with mine for a bit to figure out exactly how I wanted the mobile to look.

Step 7) Use the needle to poke holes in the bottom of your large cloud to connect the chords from your smaller clouds. (Make sure to keep them somewhat evenly spaced out so your mobile will not be heavier on one side than the other.)

Step 8) Now just make a whole in the top of your big cloud for the chord you’ll be hanging from the ceiling hook.

And VOILA!
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