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  • Fia Kilbourn

DIY 3D Celestial Moth Mobile and Paper Crown

I recently launched my Celestial Moths PNG collection and the watercolor and foil details make this collection so dreamy that I knew I had to find some fun crafty ways to use it. I've created two DIY tutorials for you to turn these illustrations into something truly magical.

Celestial Moth Mobile

To make this mobile, you will need:

  • A few pages of the Celestial Moths collections printed out. I fit 4 moths on an 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper, but feel free to use whatever sizing you prefer

  • Any type of pretty paper you want for layering with the moth cut-outs

  • An embroidery hoop. I used a 7 in. hoop

  • A glue gun

  • Beading thread (or fishing line)

  • Paper scissors

Step 1:

Cut out one moth shape from the print out and two sheets of paper. You can either stack your pages together and cut out all at once or you can cut out each shape individually.

You want to end up with three cut-outs of the same shape.

Step 2:

Fold in half the printed moth and one of the other shapes you just cut out. We are going to be stacking these later to create an almost 3D effect. The unfolded shape will be the center shape.

Step 3:

Cut some length of the beading thread to attach to the moths in the next step. Don't worry too much about length at this point because you can trim these down later. However, keep in mind that you want enough to be able to hang the moths at different lengths from the hoop. My longest hanging moth is about 29 in. but it's really your preference for how low you want the moths to hang.

Step 4:

Now you want to put a line of glue down the middle of the moth shape you are choosing to be in the center of your stack. Lay down the beading thread and then gentle press one of the folded moths into the glue and hold until it's stuck in place.

Step 5:

Next you want to put a line of glue down the middle of the opposite side of the center moth and gentle press the second folded moth shape into the glue until it sticks. You should have a stack of three moth shapes with the top and bottom shapes folded out like the image below. Make as many of these stacked moth shapes as you want. I used 4 stacked moths in my mobile and added some flat moth cut-outs and some half folded moth shapes for more drama.

Step 6:

Now you want to cut out two roughly 24 in. pieces of beading thread. Tie one piece around point A on the embroidery hoop and then point B. Tie the second piece around point C and point D. You want them to meet in the middle so that the hoop can hang without tilting. Once they are in place, tie a little knot at the top leaving a loop to hang your mobile.

Step 7:

Now you comes the fun part! Begin tying your moths one at a time around the embroidery hoop. You can play with how long or short to make each moth, but check that the embroidery hoop is level after adding each one.

Feel free to play and have fun and make it your own!

Celestial Moth Crown

For this second craft, I wanted to offer something a little more accessible by using items that you probably already have around the house.

You will need:

  • A few pages of the Celestial Moths collections printed out. Even though the picture shows 4 moths on a page, I ended up using 6 moths on an 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper for this craft because the smaller size fits the crown better.

  • Several sheets of different colored construction paper (or any brightly colored paper)

  • Paper scissors

  • A glue stick

Step 1:

Cut three rectangles out of a sheet of construction paper. I ended up make my rectangles thinner for the final crown. You want to glue your rectangles together on the short ends to form a long strip, but don't glue the ends together yet!

Step 2:

Similar to the mobile, you want to cut out the printed moth along with two more moths of the same shape with your construction paper. Glue the layers together just at the center top of the shape by smearing on a dab of glue and pressing down with your thumb.

When the glue is dry, gently fold back the wings of the top two layers while continuing to hold your thumb on the top layer over the spot where you placed the glue .

Continue to make these stacked moth shapes until you have enough to fit on the crown base you made in Step 1.

Step 3:

Glue your moths to the crown leaving a little room at the end to attach the crown around your head.

Step 4:

Wrap it around your head and mark the spot where the ends meet for a snug but not tight fit. Glue the ends together and then you will have a beautiful celestial moth crown!

Tag me in your finished craft on Instagram! I would love to share it to my stories.

Until next time!


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