Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A DIY Vintage Christmas Mobile

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I'm a little drunk on all the gorgeous Christmas editions of my favourite magazines I have been devouring these past few days. Nothing like putting your feet up with a nice cold drink and pouring through page after page of the most incredible Christmas inspiration.

When I say 'nothing like' I'm not saying that I would turn my nose up at an offer to sit by a lagoon in Fiji sipping Pina Coladas and reading these mags, but beggars and choosers and all that!

I've been eyeing of some beautiful vintage Christmas globes in shops and magazines and in my Oh So optimistic vodka cruiser haze I somehow decided it would be like really fun and easy to make my own.

Fun yes. Easy?

Well the task itself was easy, but stopping a group of over enthusiastic kids from Modge Podging each other- yeah there are easier things I can think of.


I didn't have any pretty vintage paper so I just printed a scrap booking template off the computer. There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from and they usually only cost a dollar from etsy to download.

Cut the paper into strips, then again into small random triangle shapes.


I mixed some really fine silver glitter into my Modge Podge to give the globes a little sparkle, but obviously you can skip this step if you prefer it without.

I started being all neat and painting the Modge Podge onto the globes with a paintbrush, but as I went on I found it was easier just to get down and dirty with your fingers.

Keep pasting piece after piece of the paper over the globes, smoothing it all down as you go. Once the globe is completely covered, give it another coat of Modge Podge and hang them up to dry.


Find yourself some good strong sticks from the garden and use string to bind them together into a cross shape.

I then stuck some of these little picture hanging hook thingys in (I have no idea what the technical name is for them). These hooks will be used to hang your mobile.

I had purchased a whole heap of battery operated fairy lights on eBay for $15.00 bucks each. They are so handy to have around the house and they add a little twinkly magic around your home at any time of the year. If you are wanting to get some for yourself - here is the link to the eBay shop. They are very fast delivery and on both occasions I ordered them they arrived in just a matter of days.

Back to the lights, I wrapped them around the sticks and secured the little battery pack on the top of the cross with some more string.


The it was time to randomly hang the globes at all different varying heights.


Now sit back and admire your handy work. They will look so pretty at nighttime when they glow and sparkle.

If you are feeling a little more ambitious You could make quite a few of these to and hang them off a big stick above your Christmas table for something very special.




Martha - I hold you personally responsible for this. I used to be all about the Christmas parties and shenanigans, but look at me now - crafting like it's the new office party photocopier trick!

Have you got the Christmas Crafting Bug?
What have you been creating?
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