Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paper Owl Mobile from Made by Joel

I came across this blog called "Made by Joel" and he has a free template available for a neat paper owl mobile that I wanted to try.

The original template is for an (approximately) 8"x10" mobile and since I wanted mine to be bigger than that, I brought the template over to Photoshop and quadrupled it. I broke the original template into 4 8"x10" parts and then taped them back together again to make one big bird. I printed mine on card stock so it would be more durable. While the white looks very cool and kind of modern (I could see something like this hanging in my parents house) I wanted mine to look more "childish" and decided to cover it in sheets of scrapbook paper that I had purchased a few months back from the dollar section at Target.

If you decide to make one of these yourself I suggest using double sided tape and not glue to adhere the paper to the card stock. The first Owl body I made I used glue and since the scrapbook paper I was using was thin, that much glue just caused it to bubble and wrinkle and look downright terrible. The tape worked MUCH better. One note about this though is that I used thread to hang it (as directed in the original post) and because of the amount of tape used and the extra pieces of paper it's already fallen down (I hung it this afternoon) so I'm going to have to rethink how to adhere the thread to the owl since the small piece of double sided tape I used didn't cut it.

While I think it turned out cute, in the end, I would rather hang the super cute mobile my sis-in-law showed me in a magazine she has (to go along with the blue birds one that is hanging in the playroom - pictures to come, I promise). It's been a while but I want to say it was a either a cloud or an umbrella with raindrops and a maybe a rainbow and/or sun. I know it's vague but I bet she'll remember what I'm talking about and hopefully pick up this not so subtle hint I'm dropping ;)  The funniest part of the whole project is that Kface calls the owl Wall-E and you know what, she's right. It does kind of look like Wall-E. Lol!

Here are the pictures of the Wall-E Owl and of K herself because she's just too cute not to share.

The white card stock version

Here it is covered in the scrapbook paper and hung in K's room.

Here is another view of it. It was hard to keep it from spinning.

I *think* this is sorta, kinda, similar to the one S-I-L showed me, but crocheted of course.

She was wearing the foam protectors from the sides of the portable DVD player like shoes.

Took this picture today as we were heading out to the book store to play with the Thomas trains. She'll be getting her table soon... She's pooped on the potty twice now and is telling us much more frequently when she needs to go. Her potty chart is really starting to fill up and she's still excited to use it so that's a plus.


  1. Awe, I love the white...and the colored owl mobile. Very fun. Have you tried using a glue stick rather than Elmer liquid type glue. That may work better than tape. Verrrry cute!

    Love K's cute shoes too. She is so funny with her "feet/toe" stuff.LOL

    Hope you have fun at the bookstore and she keeps progressing towards her Thomas the Train.

  2. Yay for K-Bear! And of course I remember the mobile you're talking about...and I can even take a hint. ;)

    Love you's guys!