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I've been wanting to make this mobile for a while and a friends wedding is coming up soon, which means it won't have to live at my mobile-saturated house anymore.

The construction was pretty simple if a little time consuming. The main difficulty lay in balancing the thing after due to limited branch options. It turned out well, but is balanced quite precariously. I debated putting leaves on it but after trying them out decided against it.

While researching construction methods, I found many examples of paper magnolias made from crepe paper. They all looked great but lacked the fleshy petals I associate with magnolias. I wanted something that gave the appearance of more volume. To this end, I settled on pressing wet card stock to create a concave petal.

The whole thing took ~30 hours and cost ~$6.00 for the paper. I only spent one walk looking for the right branch, considering how integral it is, next time I'd spend a bit more time trying to find the right one.

 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

To make this mobile you will need some materials:

  • Assorted card stock
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Palette for glue
  • Glue applicator
  • Watercolour paints
  • Paintbrush
  • A branch or two

Not pictured:

  • Bowl of water
  • Masking tape
  • Small rock
  • String

Impressive!

It is so pretty!

Wow, this is gorgeous! I can't believe you hand cut, pressed and painted every petal! Truly amazing.

Thanks Danger, taking the long way 'round is a pleasure for me :)

craftclarity4 months ago

These are lovely. When I first clicked on the image I had a hard time believing they were made of paper! Nice work!!

sinansoykut (author)  craftclarity4 months ago

They're pretty good imitations if you don't look to closely. I was hoping for a more flat/stylistic representation, but my watercolouring skills are burgeoning.

thesagedragon4 months ago

This is so beautiful and unique. I love magnolia trees. I will make one, but in cream with dark green backed by russet leaves. I bet it was a hit at the wedding. Good for you , making a gift from the heart. It is something they will treasure and remember long after those three toasters have burnt out.

sinansoykut (author)  thesagedragon4 months ago

Cream with some greenery was my original idea for the mobile, but after seeing some magnolias around town I wanted to try for a pale pink ombré. The flowers turned out a lot darker than anticipated.

Creativeman4 months ago

Fabulous! I've made lots of flowers (paper) and a couple of tips come to mind: Use tacky glue where you can, and even hot melt glue where possible...speeds things up immensely. For repair and/or attaching flowers to branches floral tape would be a good fix. Would like to make some of these and may do so time permitting...

sinansoykut (author)  Creativeman4 months ago

Thanks Creativeman :) I use masking tape pretty regularly to hold pieces in place for drying.

I've avoided using hot glue because I like the long slow process of gluing and holding one piece at a time. Time effective:no, enjoyable: yes.