Last weekend we were up bright & early putting together one of my favorite photo shoots to date… a totally original (albeit premature) New Years Day celebration.  While concepting the shoot, we knew we wanted to create a super special decorative accent piece to hang above the mimosa bar, and this colorful mobile consisting of 15 paper garlands turned out to be the perfect element to tie the entire concept together. Keep reading for the full instructions & a sneak peak of the completed mimosa bar, and be sure to head back around the holidays for all the other details from the day!

  • card stock paper in the colors of your choice, in light to dark shades
  • 2 1/4-inch circular hole punch
  • 1/4-inch circular hole punch
  • small jump rings
  • small pliers
  1.  Map out the gradient color pattern each strand with consist of, and punch out large circle accordingly. We made 15 chains, each with 16 large circles.
  2. Punch two small holes on opposite sides of each large circle. For the last circle in each chain, punch only one hole.
  3. Use pliers to bend jump rings and attach circles.
  4. Hang chains. We installed ours by running a wire across 3 Command hooks hanging from the ceiling, and suspending the chains from the wire using clear fishing line.

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Supal October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

    oh also if you have paint samples, you can use those colors too! But this is such a great project idea for a birthday party

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    Priscilla Joy October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Loving it! (Especially the tulips).

    Have a great day.

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    JWK October 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Can’t wait to recreate this!!!

  4. 4
    Xio October 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Adorable!! Great idea!

  5. 5
    Claire Zinnecker October 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

    LOVE THIS! Especially love the paint sample idea, I always am wondering what to do with my millions of paint samples I compulsively collect.

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    Lauren R. October 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The problem with paint samples is that they’re only colored on one side.

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    Jules October 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you for not using paint chips. Stores in my area are beginning to limit the number you can take because of all the DIY paint chip projects. One manager told me that in some instances he was out of certain colors to show customers. Colored card stock is really so cheap, especially on sale or with coupons. To make many of these paint chip projects you need far more than 1 card of certain paint colors to create this look.

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    Chanel Dror October 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I absolutely love the clean look of paint chips, but can see how using them could become a problem for our paint retailers! Thankfully, I can usually find the color I need in card stock, and for a project like this it needed to be double-sided. Glad you all like it!

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    Oni October 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    where can i find that huge hole punch?

    • Chanel Dror October 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      I would check Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and of course, online! You may not find exactly that size, but certainly something close to it.

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    Samantha October 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Love these they are so cute and simple 🙂 nice work!

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    Gina_AcuteDesigns October 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I just made a baby mobile for my nephew in a similar style. I sewed the circles together but I love your idea of using jump rings!

    Wouldn’t a sparkling – jewel toned one be perfect for holiday decor?

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    thejewishhostess October 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    This mobile project is PERFECT for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot! I posted a link to this page on The Jewish Hostess facebook page. So pretty!

    • Chanel Dror October 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Oh, genius! Definitely a good way to dress up your average paper chain. I must subscribe to your Facebook page… I am, after all, a Jewish hostess!

      • thejewishhostess October 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        Chanel- I would LOVE to connect with you! Please check out The Jewish Hostess site! Marlene

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    Jennifer October 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I really love these! I think this project would make a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding ceremony, maybe in white or a pretty, sparkly (or metallic) paper. A great way to create a backdrop if the venue doesn’t come with one. A lot of work, but totally worth it!

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    Rebecca - A Daily Something December 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    These look great – I loved your HGTV shoot!!! Thanks for the DIY, I’m sure I’ll find a use for these round streamers!!! 🙂



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