October 11, 2010

Yarn Leaf Mobile Craft


Let me first preface this post with an apology because I had the hardest time photographing this craft. I basically just threw all of the photos in here.  So this will be more of a photo album then a post.

I have been itching to make a fabric tree but I am totally short on time and patience as of late so I decided to make a leaf mobile instead. And I don't crochet or knit or anything like that yet I am loving working with yarn.  It feels cozy and Fall-ish. I like how the rustic twine works with the pop of color. And the best part? It was free.  I used what I had on hand which was:
Cardboard cut into leaf shapes
A branch from the yard
Glue Gun
Different colored yarn
Twine to hang the leaves and create the leaf vein
Fishing line

I wanted the leaves to have some dimension so I chose cardboard because it is thick.
I just started by gluing the yarn to the edge of the leaf and gluing as I went around the leaf.
I wound it all the way to the center and snipped it off and then did the other side the same way.
To be honest, the glue gun got a little messy even with precision.  I would probably use fabric glue next time.
I tied twine to the branch with the desired length and glued the other end halfway up the center of the leaf to mimic the vein in a leaf. Each leaf is tied at varying lengths.
I so Love how the it turned out!  The colors make me super happy! :)
It was fun hanging it off the tree. It felt like art putting a tree branch with yarn leaves on a real tree.
Yes.  I am a nerd.  I have embraced my inner nerd.
I used fishing line to hang it so it looks like it is floating.  

I will be linking up to some fun, crafty parties this week.
And I hope to update you all on our family happenings this week too!  
Come on back later and peek in!

P.S.  Do leave a comment.  They make me so very happy.  And I get sad when I don't hear from some of you. All of you bless me so much and I hope I can write you back to say hello!

40 comments:

  1. I LOVE this--so fall-ish and cozy! I need to make one, too!

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  2. So cute. And very creative, I love the colors!!

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  3. You are on a roll with super cuteness here! Love it :)

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  4. That is adorable! And you make it look sooo simple. Thanks for sharing, I am not a big fan of fall, because for us it means snow is just arround the corner. Many Blessings, Deborah :D

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  5. Here's my comment because I love you.

    "that was cool, but I know I'll never make it, I'll just enjoy yours".

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  6. Oh, this is seriously stinkin' cute! Love it! :) Can't wait to hear your update and I hope all is well with you all!

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  7. Super cute! I def have to give it a shot!

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  8. I think you might have just given me the final push to get my new office/living room/craft room SETTLED so I can craft again. Plus also I really need to start on Christmas presents. Plus also it's a mess and I should be ashamed. Plus also it drives me a little batty to even go in there right now. But then I get home and the ambition fades... lol

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  9. CUTE Jess! How the world have I gotten to this age and not gotten a glue gun? Seems wrong somehow.

    Must get on that.

    Write me back, girl! Would love to hear how you're doing. :)

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  10. This is darling, and certainly artistic. I'm so glad you embraced your nerdy side for us!

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  11. Great project! I love the colors too! I'm going to add you to the very end of my linky party because I just can't resist, and would love to see you there next week! all the best!

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  12. your leaves are great!!! wonderful idea!!!

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  13. i love this craft...you are so crafty!! they are so fall 'ish' and fun!

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  14. Oh I LOVE this! I am thinking of doing it for Christmas. maybe icicle shapes or your sweet leaves in Christmas colors. I love the simplicity of it! Lisa~

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  15. what a fun craft! i love how you hung it. a beautiful way to bring the wonder of falling leaves into your home. ;)

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  16. beautiful! I'll do this idea with my kids and for my little nest

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  17. So cute! I work as a "daycaremum" (do you have that word i english?) and I wounder if they will be able to do this craft? Maybe the 5-years old one with I litle suport.

    /Maria from Sweden

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  18. Oh these are very sweet. I love the muted tones. I would like to see a fall necklace made like this.

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  19. Is this a wool yarn? I have done little to nothing with yarn, but would like to! Will the local fabric store have such lovely colors?

    -laura

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  20. Hi Laura! Because I don't knit or anything, I am not too picky with yarn. Typically I use acrylic which equals...CHEAP! I also use it for a lot of crafts for myself and the kids so I have bought yarn at Wal-Mart and Target. But the prettiest colors will be at a knitting shop or a place like Joann's. Good luck!

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  21. It's so beautiful. I'll make one for my doughter's room. Thanks!!!

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  22. Very cool, Jess.

    I actually got excited about one certain thing you said. You don't crochet. I do!! I actually found something I can do that is creative. Can you believe it? I know, me neither. So what do you want me to make you and in what color? :-)

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  23. hey.
    great tutorial!
    i made this last week and it turned out super cute.

    flytothewall.blogspot.com

    cheers,
    diana

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  24. How adorable! Great for the fall season!! I might have to try this out myself :) Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Hi Jessica. This looks like the perfect yarn craft to welcome fall. Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  26. You are too sweet! Thanks so much for letting me share this. Oh and I'm loving those yarn wrapped gourds and pumpkins. Very clever! Wishing you a happy weekend. :)

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  27. CUTE! I'm tempted to make some of these for my fall tree!

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  28. Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing.

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  29. I'm just starting to plan my baby's 1 year birthday and this will go perfectly with her fall theme. Thanks for sharing! I will post photos of her party on my blog in a couple of weeks. www.stuffbymaja.blogspot.com

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  30. This is so cute and simple to make! Great tutorial. Thx for sharing.

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  31. So pretty and creative...love the idea! Love the look! Found you through Pinterest and am not sure how to post here.
    Paula Reeves

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  32. Oh, cool! I did figure out a way to leave a note. Ummm...now I get to figure out how to blog...
    sighs and smiles....I love adventures!

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  33. This is a wonderful project! Like you, I don't knit or crochet, and I have so many lovely fiber friends who do that I feel rather embarrassed sometimes! This would be a great way to use beautiful hand-spun yarn, too...
    in other shapes and designs! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. thanks - will be doing this craft at our birthday party for son this weekend! thank you!

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  35. cute

    http://theepz-madcrafts.blogspot.in/

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  36. Love these leaves. I think I am going to make some and Yarnbomb some of the trees in town!

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