I am SO excited to show you a project I've been working on for the boy's bedroom. I'm loving the vintage airplane theme we chose, and I've been trying to find creative ways to interpret that without putting cheesy cartoon planes all over the room. I really want to make this room something that can grow with them as they get older.
One thing I loved in my inspiration pictures was the real industrial feel of all the metal on the planes. One way I tied that into the room was using electrical conduit as my curtain rod (see that tutorial here). I love the way it turned out and wanted to add another metal element to the room... something that would really be a centerpiece in the room. I found a neat idea for a mobile (like you would hang in a baby's room) from Vintage Junky using paper airplanes. What boy wouldn't love paper airplanes flying around his room?
So made a bunch of them using two different kinds scrapbook paper. You could go wild with creativity and use old maps, comic books, newspaper, etc.
To make the planes look like they are floating in the air, I used fishing line to suspend them from the ceiling. I tried several different ways of hanging them, and this was the best way I found to keep the planes level and balanced.
Open up the back of the plane and use a needle to thread the fishing line through the body of the plane.
Poke the needle through the tip of the plane and pull the fishing line through.
After folding the plane back into shape, and the fishing line should easily rest in the crease of the tail.
Now I just needed something to hang the planes from. I stopped at a local bike shop and asked if they had any old bike tires I could purchase. The super nice owner grabbed a tire from a bike he had wrecked and gave it to me for free! Now I have the perfect industrial piece for my mobile! And I heart free stuff : )
I brought my freebie find home and tied more fishing line at eight points around the tire.
I tied all the lines together in the center and hung them from a ceiling hook I installed myself! Woo-Hoo for my first time ever using a drill!!
Then I tied all my planes onto the tire spokes at varying lengths. I kept all mine pretty short for two reasons
1) It's in the center of their room, and I didn't want to have to duck under it all the time.
2) I have a curious-fingers 6 year old and toddler who doesn't think the term "NO" applies to him. I'm trying keep my life as stress free as possible : )
My boys went crazy over it! What a cool thing for them to gaze at while they drift off into slumberland.