DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile

DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile @themerrythoughtI’ve always been fascinated by the night sky. I spent so many summer nights laying out under the stars in a field with my friends growing up. The amounts of shooting stars I’ve seen is outrageous! And although I feel like I might be past the point where I should be sticking glow-in-the dark stars all over my ceiling (even though I’m still tempted to) I love having little reminders of those times hanging around.  A few months ago I saw this moon phase chime at Free People and fell in love – I needed one! I decided to make my own version and came up with this simple little guy – because what’s better than air dry clay?! Between this and my mountain headboard, my bedroom is becoming my perfect, dreamy little space. DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Air Dry Clay
-Rolling Pin
-Round Cookie Cutter
-10″ Piece of Square Dowel
-Super Glue

How to make it:
-Roll out your clay to about 1/4″ thickness.
-Cut out seven 2-3″ circles with cookie cutter.
-Use the cookie cutter and/or a knife to cut out slices to create the moon phases.
-Smooth edges with fingers and then use a skewer to poke a hole in the top side of each piece where the string will go.
-Let dry according to directions.
-Drill seven small, evenly spaced holes in the dowel.
-Cut three 40″ pieces of string and one 26″ piece of string.
-Take the three long pieces and fold them in half, fold about two inches of string down on the top of the 26″ string. Take all four loops created with the folds and create a knot. This is what your wall art will hang from.
-Trim excess string from the short end created from knotting the 26″ string.
-Thread each string down through a hole in the dowel and tie a knot underneath – make sure the knots are all even. (Hanging it on the wall and starting with the ends helps to keep the dowel level.)
-Trim string ends to create a V shape.
-Once the clay is dry, use a dab  of glue into each of the holes made with the skewer and slide the string inside. Leave to dry.
DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • gemmaTuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:31 pm

    this is pretty 🙂 I like it a lotReplyCancel

  • Megan Elliott (@LushtoBlush)Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    This is so beautiful! It would be perfect in my home.

    xo Megan, Lush to BlushReplyCancel

  • LouiseSaturday, March 14, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    This is incredible!
    I love your beautiful blog. I would encourage you, though, not to allow auto-playing video ads if possible — my computer freaks out whenever I visit. 🙁ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, March 16, 2015 - 10:34 am

      Hi Louise – thanks for the kind words on our blog! We’re so sorry about the auto-playing ad videos, we are looking into it through our ad agency to see if we can get that turned off. We’re not fans of that either! 🙁ReplyCancel

  • MaggieTuesday, November 24, 2015 - 10:19 am

    Hi! I love your blog, and I loved the look of this project, but just FYI, the instructions are too vague to follow very well. I’m still in the middle of trying to finish it and I’m struggling so much to get my moons evenly on each string. I’ve also had trouble adhering the moons to the string – it’s been stressful!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 24, 2015 - 4:55 pm

      Oh no! My moons aren’t all completely centered but you don’t notice too much once they’re hanging on the wall. I remember struggling when I first tried to attach the string too. The first super glue I used because it was too runny and not strong enough so I switched to a thicker super glue and it worked just fine. You just need to make sure you leave the string alone until it is completely dry. Hopefully this helps!!ReplyCancel

  • MeganMonday, February 15, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    Hi there! This is totally awesome and I’m really wanting to make it. However I am beyond stumped. I am wondering what you mean but “xx” pieces of string? I am sooo confused, hope I’m not the only one. Lol Please Help!! Thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:50 pm

      So sorry! I must have left my measurements blank while I was writing up the instructions. Just measured mine and fixed the instructions. You can adjust measurements depending on how long or short you would like yours though.ReplyCancel

      • MeganThursday, February 18, 2016 - 1:37 pm

        ahhhh! Thank you so much! LOL 🙂ReplyCancel

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