Do you know how sometimes we are in a creative hiatus? When we have ideas but somehow we keep procrastinating? The trick is to make something small from start to finish. It has to be something easy, a little quirky and quick to make.
With all the cold and snow, I was in such a hiatus so I decided to make something easy for our daughter’s nursery to hang above her crib. Like this wall mobile that you can make in 10 minutes. See how:
Do not underestimate mini projects because they keep the creative juices flowing and give insta gratification which in turn, fights procrastination.
You will need:
cardboard & pencil
scissors and/or X-acto knife
glue (I used mod podge)
Hook Eye Screws
string (twine or fishing line)
wooden dowel or stick
1. Draw your letters on the cardboard, either using a stencil or freehand it. I freehanded the letters, keeping just the height consistent (by drawing the letters between two parallel lines).
Cut the cardboard letters. (I used cardboard from the bottom of our bottled water packs.)
Using the cardboard letters as template, trace them with a pencil on the scrapbook paper. Cut paper, glue to cardboard.
2. Once dried, spread your letters on a surface, to decide how far apart you want them and cut a square wooden dowel to that length.
3. Paint or stain your dowel to a color you like (you can always leave it natural). I used “black cherry” and it came out with undertones of purple. It dried in 5 minutes.
4. Screw your hook-eye screws on the dowel, keeping even intervals.
5. Cut your strings in different lengths and glue on the back of the letters. Tie the string to the hook eyes and trim as close to the knot as you wish.
I used a left over piece of wood from some unnamed project. If you have a basement and a husband, it is very likely you also have several scraps of wood like I do. Put them to use!
My dowel is very lightweight so, I used adhesive tacks to put it on the wall. You can use picture hangers instead.
Want to follow the seasons?
They all need six letters each: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn. You measure once and all you need to do after that, is to swap the letters and have a relevant mobile for every season.
Enjoy and stay creative!
Did you make something small and easy lately just to get over your creative hiatus? Like, oh I don’t know, a spring wreath?!