I am Michelle from Emerald Cove and I am so happy to be here today to guest post for Yanet!
I absolutely adore her and her boys and my visits here just make me smile. :)
Today, I want to show you how my daughter and I made a beachy mobile using driftwood, starfish and some Dollar Store hemp string.
I am showing you the after first so you can get an idea as I take you through the steps that we did.
Here are the supplies that we already had so this cost me nothing!!
We started by drilling a hole in a medium size driftwood that would be the top of the mobile.
We threaded the string and tied it off so it would stay in place.
(my daughters new favorite nail polish, Crackle)
We then carefully drilled a hole in the center of a large starfish using a small drill bit and just eased it through the center of the starfish.
After threading the string through the starfish you can wrap it anyway you want and then tie it off underneath and tuck the string so the end doesn't show.
Now you want to drill holes on the tips of the starfish like this.
Then thread individual strings through each hole and tie a little knot on top. You can make the strings as long or as short as you want depending on where you want the smaller starfish to hang.
Then I again drilled a hole in the center of two of the smaller starfish and thread the two of the strings, which were opposite each other, into the holes and tied them off.
The remaining three starfish, my daughter wanted to tie onto the strings so they hung vertical. So I placed a small amount of glue (I used Elmers), then wrapped the end of the string around it and held it until it was able to stay on its own, about 2 minutes or so.
Again, you can make these as long or short as you want and just snip off any extra.
Repeat this for the remaining starfish and you get something that looks like this..
Well, minus the dorky teenage girl!! :)
For the center you can use whatever you would like, another starfish, driftwood, nothing or a shell.
Carefully drill a small hole in the top of the shell and tie off.
I did this using a separate piece of string and attached it to the center of the larger starfish by just tying it to the string that was already there.
There you have it!!
A cute little starfish and driftwood mobile!
You can use anything you like, more sea shells or all driftwood, it is up to you!
We took a morning to do it and what better way to spend some time with your kids and make something together. :)
Thank you again Yanet, this was fun and I hope to be making some more of these soon!!
Thank YOU, Michelle, for sharing this terrific project with us. I can't wait to find some starfishes to put something like this together.
Michelle is so sweet. I can e-mail my frustrations to her and she'll always have something encouraging to say. Even though we're thousands of miles apart, I feel like she's just a girlfriend next door.
I can't let yall go without sending over to visit Michelle's Beachy Master Bedroom. You might have seen it since it's been featured in several places in the blogosphere. If you haven't, you're in for a breath of fresh air. If you have, it's worth revisiting.
A favorite in Michelle's bedroom is the Faux Fireplace. It looks like something out of Coastal Living Magazine, doesn't it?
Come back tomorrow to see which Best Bloggy Friend makes hen's nest boxes look beautiful!