So I found these BEAUTIFUL felt rose baby mobiles on Etsy. Unfortunately they were a little out of my price range. The thought occurred to me that I could probably make one myself so I hit the internet to find a tutorial. Here’s the thing, search as I may, I could not find a tutorial for these beauties, so here I am doing my first full tutorial from scratch… kinda.
I actually pulled together a bunch of little tutorials to piece together the final product. I will share these with you as well, of course, but I thought it would be easier to provide one full guide. I made one for my baby girl’s room first, but did not think to document the process. A friend of my husband’s requested that I make her one, so it provided me the perfect opportunity to create this tutorial. So here goes:
Supplies you will need:
Felt for roses (color of your choice (I used about 25 sheets of this))
Felt for petals (optional)
Illusion Cord/Fishing wire (Mine was 0.30 mm)
Hot Glue Gun
Craft Wire (optional)
Glue Sticks (LOTS of these)
Spiral Pattern (Optional)
Metal rings (You can get wood or metal, I choose metal with a 3.5″ radius)
Beads and Crystals (you do not need both, but you do need at least one or the other as these are what keep the roses in place)
OK, let’s get started shall we?
First you need to decide how “big” your mobile will be, or rather how many flowers you will be adding and what size flowers you want. For my daughter’s mobile I ended up using about 18 large flowers and 23 little flowers. I changed things up a little with the second mobile and used a few more large flowers, but this is really up to you and your aesthetic preferences. You will need to cut scalloped spirals from your felt for each flower you will be making. You can freehand these, but luckily I found this perfect pattern on artsandcraftstv.com. I printed about 20 of these for the large flowers and for the little flowers I just copied the spiral to a word document and shrunk it down so two could fit to a page and printed about 10 pages.
Roughly cut down the patterns so that you can pin them to your felt. I found that I could fit one large pattern and one smaller pattern to a single sheet of felt. Pin the pieces to the felt (one pin each should do) then simply cut the spiral. You do not need to be overly careful with this process but you do need to make sure you are cutting the felt with the pattern, sometimes it can slip away from you.
I’m sure there is a cricut machine out there somewhere that could have made that part of the process a LOT easier, and maybe one day I’ll invest, but for now this will work. Now you are going to start to glue your flowers. Take a cut spiral by the tip, so when you’re holding it up it spirals in on itself at the end. Put a little bit of hot glue on the tip and a little inwards on the bottom and roll the felt in on itself. Continue to add glue along the bottom as you roll your flower. When you get to the end the little twirl at the bottom should create the base of the flower. I found this handy-dandy video on youtube that illustrates the process a little better. This is what you should end up with:
Now just repeat the process with ALL your spirals and you should end up with a whole bunch of roses – haha – pun.
If you want to add leaves to your roses you’ll want to cut and glue those on now. For my daughter’s mobile I chose to put leaves on the big flowers only. I alternated between 1, 2 and 3 leaves per flower. With this second mobile I opted out of the leaves, just for a different feel. Once you have completed your roses to your liking you can start putting together the mobile.
First you’ll want to take your metal ring and make a criss-cross shape with your wire. I tried the craft wire on my first mobile but I just used illusion wire on my second and that seemed to work just as well, so this is up to your preference. I will say after I completed both I like the final look with the illusion wire better so that you don’t end up with a giant gray X in the center of your mobile but I’m still happy with my first mobile. Make sure it’s secure and centered evenly. Set this aside for now.
Next, you’ll want to thread your needle with the illusion wire/fish wire. You’ll want your wire to be pretty long, I don’t have an exact measurement but you’ll need enough length to add all your roses with space in between plus have enough room leftover to secure the string to your metal loop. Be sure you make the knot at the end big enough that it will secure the first crystal or bead that you string. I started with a tear drop shaped swarovski crystal (to me the crystals looked like little water dew drops) and then threaded a pearl bead. At this point you’ll want to decide how you want your flowers stringed on. For my first mobile I chose to start with a large flower with small flowers in the middle and another large flower on the end. I had 9 wires attached to the loop, the middle wire had 2 large flowers (one on either end) and 5 little flowers in the middle. The other 8 all had 2 large flowers and between 1 and 4 little flowers in the middle of each string. With the second mobile I wanted to change it up a little and I did a few of the strings with all large flowers. Again this part is completely up to what you think looks best. Once you’ve decided you can start by threading your first rose. The felt is really easy to thread but you may have to poke around a bit to get around the globs of hot glue.
This is where the beads come into play as they are responsible for keeping your flowers in place. Without beads or crystals your flowers are just going to slide down and pile up on top of one another. Take a bead/crystal and thread it through your needle. Slide it down to the position you want your next flower to be, now thread it again and pull the wire tight, so that the wire is essentially looped around the bead. This will secure the bead in place so you can slide your next flower down to that point. I used pearl beads as the anchors for my flowers but also added some small swarovski crystals here and there between the flowers to create the illusion of water droplets. Continue this pattern until you have completed one string of roses, however many you may want that to be. Remember to leave some leftover wire at the top, so that you can secure your string of flowers to your metal loop, and cut the needle from the wire and set aside.
Repeat the process until you have as many string of flowers as you want and then you can start attaching the strings to your ring. Beginning with the center of the chandelier, tie your first string of flowers around the criss-cross at the length desired. I found it easiest to attach these while the ring was hanging. I secured mine to dangle off the side of the table with my nook! Now just start attaching the rest of the strings around the loop at varying points and lengths.
Once you have placed all your strings in place so that they are symmetrically placed (remember this is a mobile and you want it fairly evenly weighted around the circumference) you need to tie the illusion wire to hang the mobile from. You can tie it just in two places, but this makes the weighting a little precarious so I highly recommend tying the illusion wire on 4 evenly placed points. There are two ways that you can do this. I tried both and neither one seemed to work better or worse than the other so again, this is up to your preference. You can cut 4 strings, tie them to the loop and then tie them off together at the top. This is what I did with my first mobile. On the second mobile I cut 2 long threads of illusion wire. I took the first wire and tied it tightly to one end and then tied the other end straight across from the first knot. It is up to you how long you want string to be depending on the length you want the mobile to hang from your ceiling. Now take the second string, tie the first end halfway between the first two knots you created with the first thread. Wrap it once across the middle of the first thread then tie the other end across from the first. You’ll want to make sure that all 4 threads end up the same length to ensure that the mobile hangs evenly.
The last touch to your mobile is decorating the wire ring. I tried two different approaches. For Edythe’s mobile I purchased two different colors of ribbon and 2 colors of tulle. I cut a bunch of pieces in all 4 of them about 2.5-3 inches each. Then I just filled in the ring by alternately tying the ribbons and tulle in simple knots going in different directions. I was really happy with the shabby chic effect it created. On the second mobile, I wanted a more vintage glam look so I wanted to put lace around the ring. First, because metal doesn’t hold hot glue well, I wrapped the entire length of the ring in ivory ribbon. Once I had securely fastened the ribbon I simply hot glued the lace around the outside of the ring. This option was faster, but I loved both looks, so it just depends on the look you are going for.
And just like that, Viola! You have your very own Felt Rose Baby Mobile!