I have another overdue nursery DIY that I wanted to post way back when I was actually making the project, but then slacked. The hemmeli mobile that I made happens to be my favorite little accessory in the nursery- I feel like it adds the perfect modern touch and it was pretty easy to make once I got the hang of himmeli! After getting asked how I did it, I realized I should just post about it now, so here it goes.
I tried to follow this tutorial as close as possible but ended up making my own shapes which gave it an overall different design. I also had to look up some other tutorial just to read how they were doing it as I had failed a few times before having success.
Gold spray paint
I used thick embroidery thread with a big needle to thread the straws, and made 1 big square with 4 smaller squares to hang from the big one. Then I made a smaller gem shape for the bottom piece.
The key that I learned was to not cut the thread off right where you knot it (this may be common sense for some but I had to learn the hard way)- just thread the excess inch or so into the straw and no one will see it! The problem with cutting too close is that it would make my knots fall out and then the whole shape would fall apart. After this happened a few times (and wasted about 20 minutes each time) I was fed up, ready to quit, and decided to try leaving excess on my last attempt. It worked!
After the shapes were all tied, we spray painted the mobile gold. This made it look like I actually used copper tubing which was the look I wanted, YAY! To hang, Chase tied clear fishing line to the top shape and attached the line to a hook he had inserted into the ceiling.
The neat thing about hemmeli is that it can be done in so many different designs and projects. You could make a large, single shape to have sitting on a coffee table. Or make a lot of different, smaller shapes to create almost a chandelier style (this would be so pretty!)
Will you be giving it a try?