I’ve been mulling over a hanging mobile idea quite a while….just needed a little motivation to get going! And I’m so glad for the incentive to finally create what I call my “DIY Funky Junk Mobile Art”!
And this month my incentive was the Craft Room Destash Challenge! Every month, a group of bloggers challenge each other to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Check out some awesome creations you might be able to make from your own stash!
We are allowed up to $10 for necessary supplies to complete it. Luckily, this cheapskate didn’t need to spend anything more! I’ve been
hoarding collecting all these bits of junk while waiting for inspiration to hit in how to use them.
If you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can request to join our Facebook group here!
It’s a Mobile, but not a Mobile. It’s Mobile “Art”
Everything came from estate sales or trash. At least one is “mystery junk,” which I’ll show you further down.
I created a mobile, but it’s not the traditional kind that makes pleasing tinkling noises when the wind blows. My mobile is more “art” to display junky pieces of flotsam and use up a few beads.
Here is a mere fraction of my bead stash. I bought these and more from a yard sale a few years ago. I planned to sell them in my Etsy shop, but I found they were pretty ordinary, so I decided to use them instead. This is a great way because it makes the mobile so much prettier and more interesting.
I found out a long time ago that beading and jewelry-making were not my thing at all! Ha! Too tedious. I wouldn’t have been able to complete this project without the jeweler’s loop below that fits around the head. This is great for other close work like threading the needle on a sewing machine!
My first husband worked at a jewelry shop and got this for me. I’m so glad to have it! He died some years ago…I wrote a post on how I managed to survive that very hard time in my life.15 Ways to Survive Widowhood.
Creating the Mobile~
For this fun project I used what I had on hand:
- parts of an old mobile that fell apart
- junk from a vintage telephone I took apart a while back
- small junky pieces I’ve picked up at estate sales
- metal rabies dog tags I found in the trash behind the vet’s office when I was looking for boxes
- vintage skeleton keys
- more modern keys
- an old hinge thingy
I’m not sure what the iron “S” that’s supporting all this junk came from. It was a freebie at a yard sale.
Working with the “S” was a bit of a balancing challenge. First it had to balance horizontally in order to be relatively level while hanging in the air. I did that using lots of fishing line tied at various points around it.
Then it had to be balanced as I started hanging the beaded junk. After I got everything on, it evened out. I really love the look of the randomly strung beads!
We are enjoying it now on our covered porch.
The Finished “Art”
Just a close-up….
The Parts of the Mobile “Art”~
Here are a few close close-ups of some of the more unusual pieces of junk, if you’re interested.
These are bits of the old mobile. I started to throw it away a while back. I’m glad I saved it.
A brass mystery item from an estate sale…anyone have a clue what it is? The long tube part is hollow.
Brass Shoe Ashtray from India…
Green bell-shaped rabies tag…
The next three are parts from the old telephone we found at an estate sale. It didn’t work, so I took it apart to see what was in it.
And finally, an old door hinge thingy~
I guess it goes to show you….you can make “art” out of just about anything!
I have a few more mobile art projects up my sleeve, so stay tuned!
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