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Chain of Hearts Garden Mobile – Easy DIY

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.

Re-urpose an old lamp shade and make your own Chain of Hearts mobile using this easy tutorial

Chain of hearts

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
  • Scissors
  • Large silver star or any other trinket (optional)
  • Cuttlebug and embossing folders (optional)
Re-Purpose an old lamp shade into a mobile and add some heart felt charm and serenity to your garden.

What you need to make a chain of hearts mobile

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.

Re-Purpose an old lamp shade into a mobile and add some heart felt charm and serenity to your garden.

Cover the card stock in aluminium tape on both sides

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.

Attach with fishing gut

Cut out hearts and attach to the frame with fishing gut

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.

Re-Purpose an old lamp shade into a mobile and add some heart felt charm and serenity to your garden.

Watch the sun dance on the hearts

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 😉

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Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts


  • Posted: January 21, 2017 16:15


    Amazing! And it is so easy! Thank you so much for sharing this Michelle!
    • Posted: January 22, 2017 08:00


      I'm so glad you like it Maya, thank you
  • Posted: January 21, 2017 07:19


    This is the sweetest deco Michelle! So simple too and I love the idea to re-use the old lamp shade frame [super clever!]
    • Posted: January 22, 2017 08:04


      Thanks so much Katrin. I'm really glad how it turned out and it's weathered quite a few storms to and still looks like I made it yesterday. Aluminium tape is really cool
  • Posted: January 21, 2017 01:19

    Mary - the boondocks blog

    So so pretty! I bet you made this especially for the hubby. But he will want a new present this year! ;)
    • Posted: January 21, 2017 06:51


      LOL Mary, you'r so right about that one ;-)
  • Posted: September 6, 2016 22:44

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh how pretty! You are so creative, and I bet it's really lovely hanging in your garden. I haven't heard of a Cuttlebug but I have the Cricut and would love to have one. It's on my wish list!
    • Posted: September 8, 2016 07:26


      Yay, thank you Linda. I love my little Cuttlebug for embossing but I really, really want a Cricut. I need to save harder though, our exchange rate just seems to get worse and worse.
  • Posted: September 6, 2016 22:23

    Celeste | The Whole Serving

    So creative. I would never have come up with this idea.
    • Posted: September 8, 2016 07:22


      Ahhhh thank Celeste, now if only I can cook as beautifully as you do.
  • Posted: September 6, 2016 21:16


    so beautiful!
    • Posted: September 8, 2016 07:21


      Thank you Kellie :D
  • Posted: August 9, 2016 04:08

    Sherlene Mats

    Lady, you are insane...insanely crafty! Can I use the Cricut that I just got and don't know how to use, yet?
    • Posted: August 9, 2016 07:26


      Lol, thank you. Yes, you can definitely use your Cricut to make one. It's way easier.
  • Posted: March 14, 2016 16:24


    I would like to make one with butterflies.
    • Posted: March 14, 2016 16:53


      Oh that would look stunning. I can just imagine the butterflies dancing in the wind.
  • Posted: March 14, 2016 14:08

    Sonia Mara

    Delicado e muito charmoso.
    • Posted: March 14, 2016 14:39


      Obrigada :-) Oh I hope I said that right (Thank you)