Make your own mobile

April 2014
DIY

Ever since she was a child, Elisabeth Simard has been a DIY addict. Encouraged by her parents, her lifelong quest has been to make objects with her own two hands instead of buying them in stores. Making things by hand isn’t just cheaper than purchasing them: it’s also better for the environment than modern industrial production. Elisabeth created a blog, Ruban Cassette, to share her passion and encourage others to help our planet by handcrafting their objects. She also uses her platform to share decorating tips, family pictures and heartwarming moments from her daily life.

 

To help get in touch with our handy side, Elisabeth tells us how to assemble a beautiful cardboard mobile.

Paper Diamond Mobile

What you need

  • A beautiful wooden branch, a stick or any medium you want
  • A few sheets of flexible cardboard in any colour you like (ideally, diamond sheets)
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Printer-friendly paper diamond template
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Brush (optional)

Instructions

  1. Print out the paper diamond pattern, then cut it out. This will be your template! Use this template to draw the shape of a diamond on the cardboard. You will need two diamond shapes!* If you get the chance, you can also print the template directly onto the cardboard. The result? The folding (dotted) guidelines will be clearly visible.
  2. Cut out the diamond along the solid lines.
  3. Fold the diamond along the dotted lines.
  4. Apply double-sided tape to the indicated areas.**
  5. Assemble the diamond. You will notice that the diamond pattern has five flaps, but the diamond, when assembled, will end up with four flaps. The fifth flap makes it easier for you to assemble the diamond.
  6. Before you attach the last flap of the diamond with the double-sided tape, insert the fishing line into the diamond and secure it with a piece of adhesive tape. This will keep the line firmly in place after you hang the diamond.
  7. Finish assembling the diamond.
  8. If you want to add a touch of colour to some of your diamonds, now’s a good time! I added a little green and gold to some of my diamonds.***
  9. When you’re done, hang the diamonds from the wooden branch with the fishing line. You can hang them at various heights, creating little clusters. You can also put a few on the same fishing line for a different look.

*At this point, you can save some time by folding the cardboard in half and cutting out two shapes at the same time.
**When assembling the diamond, you should not remove the protective paper from the double-sided tape ahead of time. Take your time. Remove the protective paper only when you attach the flaps. This will save you lots of aggravation and unnecessary efforts!
***You can skip this step altogether (if you want) and use coloured cardboard from the start. Also, don’t hesitate to mix it up – use different coloured cardboard to make the same diamond.