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Flying Key Mobile
For Little One’s Harry Potter-themed nursery I wanted to create a flying key mobile. In search of ideas, I went to my favorite site, Pinterest. I was amazed at some of the ideas that I saw but couldn’t find any great tutorials on how to make it. For all the other Potterheads out there, I thought I would share how I made this one and what I would do differently if I were to make one again.
One disclaimer before we begin – Little One loved looking up at the mobile and watching the keys fly around. For safety reasons, it will have to go before he is able to reach it. This mobile is definitely not a play toy.
Tools and materials
- Embroidery hoop. You can find these at most craft stores. The hoops I got were from JoAnn and are 10 inches in diameter and made out of plastic. Normally I would prefer wood because it is a natural material but the wood ones I found were really flimsy and I wanted it to be able to support the weight of the keys. You can find a wooden one here or a plastic one here.
- Keys. I purchased these keys from amazon.
- Spray Paint. I used Rust-Oleum Hammered Brown but any color that matches your room would look good.
- String or thick thread.
- Hot Glue.
- Fairy Wings. I printed out these pages for the wings on my home printer.
- Embossing powder and pad (optional). I used clear embossing powder and a pad to attach the powder.
- Heat Gun (optional). I have a heat gun that I have had for a very long time…I’m not even sure if they make it any more but here is one like it.
Before you begin, gather all of your materials. Then spray paint your embroidery hoop. For this project only the inside of the hoop is needed (the outside layer has a fastening system that is not used). Spray paint the hoop in light, even coats and watch out for drips. It may take a couple of coats before it is even all around.
Print out the appropriate amount of fairy wings to match the number of keys you’re using. I purchased a 30 pack of keys and ended up using most of them. Once printed, carefully cut out the wings. I decided against trying to get the print on the front and back of the wings (if you are a printer wiz that would be a cool look!). Next, use the pad to apply a clear layer over the wing. Then coat the wings in the embossing powder and use the heat gun to set it – the gun melts the powder together and forms a hard coating. This step helps the wings look shimmery. I decided against decorating with glitter because I didn’t want any to fall off into the crib. The wings would look cool, too, with just the paper but I though the embossing would add a magical quality.
Attach the wings to the keys using hot glue. Then attach a string or a piece of thick thread to each key. To attach the ribbon to the dry embroidery hoop, tie on four pieces, all being at least 18 inches long, and equal distances apart on the embroidery hoop. Tie the four free ends of the ribbon together but create a loop at the very end for hanging from the eye screw (mentioned later). Depending on your ceiling height, decide how long you would like the hanger to be. Finally, attach the key strings at varying levels around the embroidery hoop. Trim all loose threads and seal the knots with a little glue.
Your Harry Potter Flying Key Mobile should be ready to be hung up. We used an eye screw for attachment to the ceiling. Our little one has spent lots of time lying in his crib watching the keys fly around!
After completing my mobile and using it over these past 10 months, one thing I could have done better right away is securing the knots. Admittedly, I did not do a good job of that the first time around and had to go back and put a little glue on all the knots.
This flying key mobile has added to Little One’s magical Harry Potter nursery in a very cute and whimsical way!
Have you made a flying key mobile or have any questions or comments? Let me know below!