Well hello! If you were wondering if we were still alive worry no longer! We are alive and well we just took a sort of unplanned and extended break from the blog. A few family things happened and work got crazy + vacation and holiday travel. Combined, all of this left both Machelle and I with less time to sit down and compose posts and the blog unfortunately fell by the wayside.
With all that said we had a wonderful holiday and break. I was able to both travel over Thanksgiving to Bangkok, Myanmar and Seoul and then less than three weeks later head home to Utah to spend some much needed time with family. The trip was amazing and will try and share more photos soon but for now let me just say GO TO BAGAN, MYANMAR. DO IT NOW. Of course, that is only if you are able to do so – I know that travel is a huge luxury and one of the things I am most grateful for looking back on 2016 is that I have blessed great opportunities to travel. It is one of my passions and loves of life and I realize I am so blessed to be able to do it.
Now we want to do a post sort of wrapping up the past year but I had created this mobile before I left for Utah and wasn’t going to share it since we were past the holiday season. However, I came home and as I took down my decorations I was filled with immediate despair at the impending January and lack of holidays and decorations. And I decided that you in fact can keep some holiday decor up in the month. Especially if it is natural and non-specific to any holiday like this mobile. January is still filled with evergreens but no big event. So let’s not deprive ourselves of low-key pine decorations!
Plus, this project would also be a perfect backdrop to a dinner or party treat table anytime in the next two months.
Read on for the quick tutorial!
- copper pipe //
- pipe cutter //
- ruler //
- pencil //
- twine //
- pine swags/twigs //
- hot glue and gun //
- feathers //
- ceiling hook
1. Using a ruler and pencil, mark the copper pipe twice at 12-24″ inches (depends on how big you want your mobile to be). I had some leftover pipe that was about 14″ long so I just left it at that.
2. use the pipe cutter to cut the pipe (mine was already cut).
3. Using a ruler, mark the center of both pipes.
4. Hot glue the pipes together into a big X using the center marks as a guide.
5. Tie string/twine around the X and knot.
6. Suspend the string from a table or other surface while you add the decorations to the mobile.
7. Cut pieces of pine and tie string around the top, leaving about 18″ of string on one end.
8. Loosely tie the pine swags on the ends of the X.
9. Add in other details such as wooden beads or feathers.
10. Play with the lengths and placement of the pine and other decorations until you like the look. You might have to adjust a few things to get the balance just right as well.
11. Hang the mobile up using a ceiling hook.
Initially I just had plain pine but thought the mobile needed something extra so I added in a few feathers to the ends of the twigs.