Do you want to add a little something special to your garden? This Chain of Hearts garden mobile is inexpensive and lots of fun to make.
What you need to make a Chain of Hearts garden mobile
- An old lamp shade (you only need the frame)
- Aluminium tape
- Card stock
- Fishing gut
- Large silver star or any other trinket (optional)
- Cuttlebug and embossing folders (optional)
Cover the card stock on both sides with the aluminium tape. I love using self-adhesive aluminium tape, it’s much cheaper than pewter and it sticks like crazy. One roll goes a loooooooong way and it’s waterproof. If you have a Cuttlebug you can add some texture and patterns for a little extra oomph. If you don’t have a Cuttlebug, don’t worry. You can use a pen to doodle on the tape too.
Using scissors cut out lots of hearts from the aluminium covered card stock. They can be any size or shape and the amount you need will depend on how big your lamp shade is. I cut out about 80 ranging in size from teeny little ones, that are 4 cm long, to bigger ones that are about 10 cm long. Make a small hole at the top and bottom of each heart and string the hearts together using the fishing gut. Finally leave a 20 cm piece of gut to tie the strings to the lamp shape.
Add as many strings as you like until you’re happy and then hang the Chain of Hearts mobile under a shade tree or outside your bedroom window and watch those hearts dance gently in the wind.
The aluminium tape is completely waterproof, so the mobile will last a long time. I think Vincent van Gogh was so right when he said “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” And I must say, I really enjoy how the Chain of Hearts looks in the garden. I might just make a few more.
Do you enjoy making things for your garden? I love to hear about them, or see some pictures. Maybe I can steal an idea or two 😉