MATERIALS ■ Blossom flower wooden shapes ■ Wooden leaves ■ Pack of wooden circles and dots ■ A wooden mobile ring ■ Versamagic ink pads (colours used: tea leaves, pink grapefruit, cloud white) ■ PVA glue ■ Jute twine (colour: olive) ■ Satin ribbon (colour: pistachio) ■ A pair of scissors ■ A ruler
You can find everything you need from www.artcuts.co.uk
This pretty floral blossom mobile is easy to make and will happily take pride of place in your home. As you’re inking the wooden shapes, just be careful not to press too hard when applying the ink to the wood, because a new inkpad is very squidgy! Instead, use a light swiping action to build up the colour. You can use the inks on paper, too, so you can try it out and perfect the technique before you begin the real thing.
To begin, colour the flowers by swiping the pink grapefruit ink pad across the surface of one side of the wood. In the same way, colour the leaves with the tea leaves ink. Leave to dry for about 10-15 minutes, then repeat the process on the reverse side of the wood.
Add dimension to the flowers by edging them with the cloud white ink pad. Delicately swipe this over and around the edges of the blossom shape on both sides.
Colour the dots using the cloud white ink pad on one side only. You will need seven dots for each side of the flower. After these have dried, use PVA glue to attach the dots to the centre of the flowers, working from the middle outwards.
Next, using the tea leaves ink pad, colour your wooden mobile ring on both sides.
Ensure all the ink is dry on all the individual shapes before you begin to assemble your mobile with the jute twine. Measure and cut 25cm lengths of the olive twine for your flower and leaf shapes. Attach the twine to each shape and secure with a double knot.
For the fun part, space and tie your three flowers at different heights through the holes in the wooden ring.
Attach your hanging leaves inbetween the flowers. Play around with spacing and heights to achieve your desired look for the mobile.
To hang your mobile, measure three equal lengths of satin ribbon, approximately 25cm each. Loop each length through a hole in the mobile at three equal distances. Finally, gather the ribbons together evenly and tie a knot for hanging. A cup hook or similar is ideal to hang from above.