Hello friends! I am very excited to share with you a cute project that I just love!
I created a Clouds and Raindrops garland that would make the perfect baby mobile for a nursery, a fun decoration for a party or baby shower, or is just a fun project to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.
To make the mobile, I made a Sizzix sandwich with my mint Sizzix Cutting Pad on the bottom, the Clouds Bigz die cutting side up, a piece of white Little Sizzles Mat Board, and the other mint Cutting Pad on top. I rolled it all through my Sizzix Big Shot, and ended up with two different-sized clouds.
I repeated the process to make 4 large clouds and two smaller clouds.
I used a paintbrush and light blue watercolor paint to add a slight blue color to the raindrops, and let them dry.
I wanted my cloud garland to have some dimension, so I cut some of the clouds in half vertically.
I carefully placed a thin line of hot glue onto the cut edge of a cloud, and then pressed it down on the middle of a whole cloud.
I repeated this process for the other side of the cloud as well, so that each cloud had four sides. This way the pieces are three-dimensional and more interesting to look at.
I found some clear thread in the sewing section at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store that was perfect for hanging my clouds and raindrops, but fishing line would look great as well. You'll want to use something that is clear and hard to see, so it looks like they pieces are truly hanging in the sky.
I cut a long piece of clear thread, placed a thin line of clear glue on one of the inside edges of a cloud, and pressed the thread onto the glue and held it in place while the glue dried. Next I took a raindrop, added some hot glue to the back, placed the same thread (a few inches below the cloud) onto the glue, and then pressed the backside of a matching-sized raindrop onto the other drop with glue.
I repeated this process for each cloud and raindrop, so that I had three strands of thread with a cloud at the top of each, and two raindrops underneath. You can customize yours however you like! You can add more raindrops, more clouds, more thread pieces, use a long stick, use paint the clouds or raindrops different colors, or do whatever you like to customize your garland or mobile. It's totally customizable, which I love!!
After I had my pieces of thread ready to hang, I tied each piece onto a wood dowel. For a baby mobile, you could also add another dowel over the top to add more dimension. Now my cute little garland is ready for hanging at a baby shower (or sprinkle), as a backdrop behind the cake at a party, or in my kids' bedrooms. So many options!
I hope you enjoyed this cloud and raindrop garland tutorial. Happy crafting!
Other Supplies Used:
- Light blue watercolor paint
- Clear thread or fishing line
- Wood dowel
- Glue gun