Rocket Mobile Chandelier
August 13, 2010 by Shelley
3. 2. 1. Blast Off! Megity’s Rocket Chandelier
I stumbled across Megity’s Handmade last month and almost died when I saw her butterfly chandelier. I immediately contacted her to see if she would create a special boy version for HowDoesShe. She pulled through in a major way! It is over-the-top adorable. Without further adieu, Megan’s Rocket Chandelier.
Hi! I’m Megan. I’m super happy to be here and to share with you a project that I have wanted to get done for a long time! A while back, I made a pretty butterfly chandelier. I still love it but thought that boys needed something too. Finally, after months of letting it sit on the back burner, a rocket chandelier came to life. My boys are so happy with it, they can’t stop talking about it!
So let’s learn how to make one!
Here are the supplies that you will need:
3 – 12″ long square wood craft sticks
one eye hook
6 striped rockets – makes three front and back
6 green dot rockets – makes three front and back
20 yellow stars
30 blue stars
13 red circles
windshield and flame paper details for rockets
5-6 yards red and white bakers twine (note from Missy: check back tomorrow to find out how to win $98.00 worth of twine from the Twinery!!!)
18 assorted buttons
super glue or clear craft glue
hot glue gun and glue stick
1 1/2 yards ribbon
Step 1: Gather all of your supplies. Assemble your rockets gluing on the windshield and fire with a good paper adhesive and use glue dots to glue on two buttons for the windows.
Step 2: You will need three 12″ long square craft wood sticks to make the top of your chandelier. I purchased one yard long light weight craft wood stick from Michaels and cut it into three even pieces. Take two sticks and make an “x” then criss-cross your final stick on top of that making this star shape. Hot glue your sticks together.
For added support, wrap the center of the wood with monofilament. I used monofilament because I didn’t want it to show, but I think it would also look cute wrapped with the bakers’ twine, yarn or ribbon for added color.
Step 3: Center an eyehook through the top of the wood. This wood is soft and light weight so this is a simple task. Re-enforce eyehook with super glue.
Step 4: Time for the fun part! Anchor your mobile to hang from a table or in this case, an ironing board. Working from the inside first, tie on your bakers twine about 1/3 out from the center of the length. Do not clip the length of the twine yet. The center lengths alternate the red circles, yellow and blue stars only. Using glue dots, glue on your stars and circles alternating your pattern as you would like. I used six pieces on each length of twine. I like to press on one side of the shape and continue down the length of the twine then go back and add another glue dot to the other side of the shape to cover the twine. Press firmly onto the twine.
Clip the twine with enough leftover to thread a button on the bottom. Double knot the twine and secure with a small dab of super glue.
Step 5: Continue around the inside making four lengths on the “x” pieces only.
Step 6: Working your way around the outside of the chandelier, alternate your circles, stars and now rockets as you would like.
You can decide how you like your pattern and which way you want your rockets to fly. I alternated my rockets facing right and left respectively. Add buttons to the bottom of the twine as stated above. Glue on back of rockets with paper adhesive. Continue till you fill the chandelier up.
Step 7: Bend out the edges of all of the stars for dimension. Use a small dab of super glue on each tie of twine on the top of the chandelier to secure.
Step 8: Install a hook into the ceiling where you want to mount it. Thread your ribbon through the eyehook and tie your ribbon to the length that you want. Hang and enjoy!
Please use caution with chandelier. Keep out of child’s reach. I suggest not hanging it over babies cribs.
My boys have been thrilled with this and I think that you would be too! Want one exactly like this? I have a limited number of kits available in my Etsy shop. Be sure to share if you make one! I can’t wait to see the different variations on this. Thanks for having me!
My head is spinning with all of the theme possibilities! The Silhouette would make a project like this super easy. Thank you Megan for the inspiration.
Make sure to stop by Megity’s Handmade for more creative projects.