I absolutely LOVE anything that’s glittery and heart-shaped. With Valentine’s Day approaching and all, I figured I’d try my hand at making my very own heart mobile…a glorious combination of my two favorite things! You can find heart mobiles at just about any craft or knickknack store, but they’re just so dang easy and fun to put together that I’d highly recommend crafting your own instead.
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard. When choosing the cardboard, keep in mind that the thicker it is, the sturdier the mobile will be. Just make sure it’s not too difficult to cut!
- Sharp scissors or an X-acto knife
- Mod Podge
- A paintbrush
- Three colors of glitter
- Three colors of paint. I chose paint colors to match my glitter, but you can do whatever you want!
- A pencil
- Clear fishing line
- Some cute ribbon to match your glitter/paint colors
- A thumb tack or an ice pick. Make sure this can poke a hole through your cardboard!
- Optional: Packing tape and an old box
Draw three concentric hearts onto your cardboard, leaving about an inch between each (refer to panel one in the image above). I marked out the area in between the hearts with blue marker (panel two). Cut out the hearts with scissors or an X-acto knife (panel three). Be extra careful not to cut yourself!
Poke five small holes in the dips of all three hearts (these spots are marked in the photo above). You can do this with an X-acto knife or scissors, but I used an ice pick to get a cleaner hole.
Step Two and a Half (Optional Step)
If cardboard’s corrugated edges bother you, you can wrap the edges of your hearts with packing tape (I used clear tape—check it out in the Step Two photo). When you cover the hearts in paint and glitter, the tape will help you get the same coverage on the edges as the rest of the heart!
Paint each heart a different color (like I did in panel five in the photo above). Be sure to coat both sides and the edges. Once the paint dries, it’s time to apply the glitter! It’s best to do this step in a box, to keep the glitter from getting all over the place. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto one side of a heart (panel six), and then shake glitter alllll over it (panel six-A). Tap it on the side of the box a couple times to be sure that any loose glitter falls off (panel six-B). This step can be repeated as needed, once the first layer of glue dries. After the heart is covered in glitter and completely dry, paint another coat of Mod Podge over it. This seals the glitter onto the heart. Do this on one side of all three hearts, let everything dry, and then repeat on the hearts’ opposite sides.
At this point, the holes you poked in Step Two are probably covered in paint and glitter. Take an ice pick or X-acto knife and clear those out. Then cut a little bit of clear fishing line, and tie the hearts together. I know fishing line can be hard to see, so I’ve drawn it onto the photo for ya. The blue represents where fishing line goes, and the purple represents where you’ll tie a ribbon. Easy peasy!
Tie a piece of ribbon through the top hole, and hang that heart up! It looks mad cute hung on the wall or in a doorframe. ♦