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.

Step 1: 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
<p>Beautiful just beautiful!</p><p>Can you please post the measurements for the petals and the greenery. I would love to try to make this beautiful craft. Thank you.</p>
<p>Impressive! </p>
It is so pretty!
<p>Wow, this is gorgeous! I can't believe you hand cut, pressed and painted every petal! Truly amazing.</p>
<p>Thanks Danger, taking the long way 'round is a pleasure for me :)</p>
<p>These are lovely. When I first clicked on the image I had a hard time believing they were made of paper! Nice work!!</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 ombr&eacute;. The flowers turned out a lot darker than anticipated. </p>
<p>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...</p>
<p>Thanks Creativeman :) I use masking tape pretty regularly to hold pieces in place for drying.</p><p>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.</p>

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