Ahhhh yes… one of my favorite additions to our little lady’s nursery!
The Chinese lantern/pom-pom/pennant hang-y thing above her crib!
Something I totally envisioned in this inspiration post from waaaay baaaaack when!
Isn’t it to die for??? I can just imagine her getting such a kick looking up at all the bright happy colors! This will certainly ensure a happy baby, right??!
*crossing fingers* Haha!
On to how I rigged this thing. I found lots of tutorials on how to make all the pom-poms, etc… But no tutorials on how to hang the things! So this is probably NOT the best way to do it… just what worked for me! lol!
First of all… I wanted to make sure this thing was suuuuuper secure. Even though it’s all tissue paper and coffee filters, it’s all surprisingly heavy!
And because I didn’t take pictures of this step, you get a crudely drawn example of what I did! Aren’t you special!??!
And don’t knock it! That special little attempt and showing you how I hung this thing took me like 10 minutes to do! 😉
You’ll never see any of this once it’s all up… But I preferred having 2 larger holes in the ceiling as opposed to lots and lots of little holes.
I screwed 2 hooks into the studs in the ceiling. Those puppies are secure and totally not going anywhere. You’re welcome, small baby. Now hopefully this thing won’t come crashing down on you mid-nap! 😉
I had some of these really long branches (at least 5.5 ft long) that were about an inch thick. They’re super straight and pretty much look like a really long dowel. But if you didn’t have free branches that were really long, straight, and skinny, you could totally use a dowel too.
I then tied the branch to the hooks with ribbon. Tightly. With many knots.
I know…. Probably being paranoid with the whole “falling on my child” thing. Still. That sucker isn’t going anywhere and that makes me feel better! 😉
After I jerry-rigged this whole thing, I proceeded to hang the various Chinese lanterns, pom-poms, and pennants.
Yes… It’s okay… You can admit you’re impressed!
Not one, but TWO crude drawings! All in one post! Wow.
I just hung it all at whatever hight looked right to me by tying ribbon from the branch to whatever hanging thing I was putting up there at the time. Super easy and no… Not really any method to my madness. Like I said, I just hung them wherever they looked good to me.
As of Friday, this is what it looked like. Cute, I suppose? But just not as full as I would have liked. And FULL is definitely what you’re going for in this case.
So… it was off to Hobby Lobby I went.
I bought a package of 3 bright yellow Chinese lanterns for 7.99 (WITH a 40% off coupon, if you’re reading this, dear! 😉 )
A 3 pack of pink polka dot Chinese lanterns for 4.99 (Without a coupon… BUT they are POLKA DOT people!!!!)
And a 3 pack of bright happy blue tissue pom pons for 4.99. (I made all the other pom-poms, but didn’t have this color of tissue paper. It TOTALLY brightens up the whole thing!)
And so for not-very-much-$$$ I now have this…
Soooooo much better, right?!?!? BRIGHTER! HAPPIER! And best of all, FULLER!!!
Anyhoo…. that’s all there is to it! Go have fun and try it!!!
What’s the WORST that could happen, right?
(I suppose we’ve already established that the worst thing that could happen is that it falls on your small child, huh? Just hang it securely! Then hopefully you can avoid that little issue! 😉 )
Soooo…. Following this post, I’ll have a tutorial on:
The big white one that uses a Chinese lantern and coffee filters…
(I LOVE this one! Time consuming, but cheap and ca-UTE!
This one that uses a Chinese lantern and tissue paper…
And even link to some tissue paper pom-pom tutorials!
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