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diy dip dyed macrame mobile

diy dip dyed macrame mobilesorry for the wordy header, but there is so much goodness in it and it makes my heart all happy and stuff. it started when i bought a bunch of little air plants without thinking ahead about where to put them…oops. well i discovered these little bell cups and now each plant has their very own home.

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

materials

  • air plants, duh!
  • bell cups
  • white string
  • rit dye, i used petal pink
  • bowls for dye
  • putty or something similar
  • dowel
  • rocks and moss, optional

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

mix the dye according to the package instructions. i happened to use rit dye because i had it on hand and didn’t feel like buying any new stuff. luckily it worked perfectly! the bell cups have stems on them, so you want to pull those out or carefully break them off. the cups do have holes in the bottom, so i plugged them up with some putty, but you can use something similar or even hold them in the dye. i got putty because i am very lazy.  when you set them in the dye you just don’t want them to sink. (the dye will seep through a little so just keep an eye on them.)

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

first dip the cup about 2/3 for a minute and pull up. this will give you a pale pink. next dip it 1/2 down for a little longer, maybe a few minutes or so, just until it’s slightly darker than the first dip. now you can just set the cups in the dye and let them sit for about 5 minutes, checking on it to make sure it doesn’t get too crazy in there. when they’re ready, pull them out and set on a paper towel to dry. some will have some water inside, so just keep them upright and they will drain.

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

at this point, they’re already super cute!!!! i actually dyed some of these a teal color for the mobile, but they ended up a little darker than i wanted. now they are sitting on my shelf, looking’ all cute.

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

so if you want to hang them, here is what ya do. cut 8 pieces of string the same length, knot them together, and section them in 4 groups of 2. now go up 3/4 of an inch and tie another knot in each set. pull the section apart and create another knot with the string from the other group, forming a diamond. repeat this step one more time. (if you are not sure what the hell i’m talking about, check out this tutorial. i didn’t get a chance to show how this step is done, so i apologize from the bottom of my heart.) finally cut the dowel, about 12″ for the main piece and 6-8″ for the second tier. simply tie on the bell cups and you’re done! i used the rocks to balance the weight and the moss to “fluff” up the plants.

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

hope you get a chance to do these! it’s hanging in our living room and i couldn’t be happier!

diy dip dyed macrame mobile

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April 27, 2015

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  1. Samm

    April 27th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I was gonn do a DIY similar to this, but with regular planters. I love how yours is hanging! So creative!

  2. admin

    April 27th, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Sam! Planters would look awesome too!

  3. Tiffany | Sunshine Daydream

    April 28th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Everything about these are so amazing! I love that you did an ombre inspired design and air plants are my favorite! I really do need to make this!

    Xx, Tiffany | http://www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com

  4. admin

    April 28th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Hi Tiffany! Thanks so much! :) I think my love for air plants grew after killing every other plant I ever owned, haha. I hope you make it!

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  7. Kristin C

    May 4th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    These are seriously adorable! I love the color and really just everything about them!
    The only thing I don’t know is…what are air plants? lol.

    Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure
    athisfeetdaily.blogspot.com

  8. admin

    May 4th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks Kristin! You’ve never heard of air plants?! That’s crazy! haha. They are the easiest plants to take care of, they don’t need soil and you just need to dunk them in water once a week. I seriously recommend them, this is the longest a plant has survived in my care! :)

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