Did you know that in the first few months of a baby’s life, they only see in black and white? When we had Phoebe, we were told that graphic black-and-white images worked best for her brain stimulation because of their clear lines, shapes and solid colours. Being a colour-lover myself, I thought it would be super difficult to create something that’s black-and-white, but it turns out that this was a lot of fun, and the result packs a punch! Read on to follow instructions to make the different types of flowers on this mobile.
For final assembly, I hot-glued the flowers onto 16cm embroidery hoop and hung it with a neon pom-pom ribbon for a pop of colour (for me). I hope you like it!
Materials and Tools
- Black Crepe Paper
- White Crepe Paper
- Floral Wire (cut to 4″ lengths)
- Cotton Balls
- Cotton Swabs
- Floral Tape
- Rubber Bands
- Black Marker
Making the Flower Centers:
For the first part of the tutorial, we will show you how to make three types of flower centers:
- Pom-Pom Center: Use scissors to “fringe” a 2″ x 4″ strip of black crepe paper, then fold the stripe into quarters. Fold and twist a 4″ length of floral wire so that it doubles in strength. Place in the center of the folded crepe paper about half an inch down. Wrap the crepe paper around the wire and secure with floral tape around the stem.
- Balled Center: Roll a cotton ball between fingers to compress slightly. Wrap floral wire in half around the cotton ball and twist to make a strong stem. Place the cotton ball in the center of a 2.75″ square of black crepe paper. Wrap the crepe paper square around cotton ball and secure with floral tape.
- Little Bud Center: Cut one cotton swab in half and tie the two halves together with a rubber band around a 4″ length of floral wire, folded in half and twisted to create a strong stem. Hide the joint with floral tape.
Making the Petals and Leaves:
Step 1. To make the petals, fold a 12″ strip of crepe paper into sixths. Use the template to cut out the petal shape. Unfold the paper petal strip, wrap the petals around your chosen flower center and secure with floral tape.
Step 2. For petals made from white crepe paper, line the outside of the petal with a black marker. You can also add stripes to the flower petals using the black marker. Wait until the marker ink is dry before wrapping the petals around a flower center.
Step 3. Gently sculpt each petal with thumb and index finger to shape. Arrange petals by gently pulling so that they are evenly distributed.
Step 4. To make the leaves, cut leaf shapes from the crepe paper ranging from 2.5″ – 3.5″ in length. Wrap the leaves around the floral wire by pinching the bottom of the leaf and securing with floral tape.