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Back when I started my Craftin’ the Alphabet challenge, I had someone suggest making a wisteria mobile for the letter W. I had no idea what they were talking about, but I googled it and found some amazing photos! I knew this was something I wanted to do. Then, finding out we were pregnant with baby girl (only 10 more weeks until she’s here!) it seemed like the perfect thing to add to my nursery. Unfortunately, my nursery isn’t quite set up (we got sick the weekend we planned to paint), but I’ll share more pictures once this beauty is in it’s true home.
W is for Wisteria Mobile
I’ll be honest, this was not my favorite project to do. I knew it was going to be time consuming… I just didn’t realize it was going to take 20+ hours! I’m pleased with the results, but now I understand why they are so expensive on Etsy! I personally will not be making one of these again, but if you are up to the challenge here is what you will need…
First, cut out all your wisteria petals. It sounds so simple when you put it like that, but this will take hours and hours. Fold your crepe paper so you can cut out multiples at a time. You will want varying sizes for each bunch of flowers, so don’t worry too much about what size they are, as long as you have some that are small, medium, and large. In total, I did 34 bunches with at least 50 petals per bunch. Yes, that’s about 1,700 petals each individual twisted (we will get to that in a second) and threaded on. I told you this would take a long time! You will want the petals to have an elongated bottom for twisting purposes (see image below).
Time to twist! This step is necessary (believe me, I tested it), but it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Take each individual petal, twist the base and then fold it under. This gives the petal it’s round shape and helps with spacing in the final product.
Once your petals are twisted, take your string, fold it in half and tie a not. Then, take the untied side (the loop) and thread it through a needle. Starting with your smallest petals, thread your needle up through each petal. Once done, simple slide the needle out and hang your bunch somewhere safe using the loop. Repeat until you have completed all bunches.
To attach your bunches to your hoop, place the string loop at the top. Spread the loop apart and carefully lift your flower up and through the hole. Once all your flowers are on, tie some strings around the hoop for mounting purposes and then cover the entire hoop in your choice of ribbon. Glue or tape in place.
There you have it! Let me know if you decide to take on this challenge. If you have any ideas on what my next project should be, leave it in the comments below! Happy crafting!