Friday, August 12, 2011

M-M-M Mobile

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It's a well-known and documented fact, that I love the letter M. I've got a whole wall of them, as well as any kind of knick knack I can find with a letter M on it. A long time ago, I purchased a mobile kit with clips, intending to make my own mobile out of M's, then I forgot about it, until I ran across this DIY video on making the cutest bird mobile, and I was reminded that I had a project to do. I like this bird one so much I will probably make one of them too, but for this blog I'm making the M-mobile I've had on my to-do list forever, giving you another idea for a child's room, or possibly for your own obsession with your initial.

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I used a variety of fonts that I already own, this project doesn't require specific fonts, just variety. The ones I used are (with links to those that are available for free):
• Base Nine
• Engravers
Adam Gorry Inline
Big Top
• Archer
And of course, if you know me, you knew it would have to use green paper, a sheet of heavy card stock, and a sheet of patterned paper.

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I made sure that each letter was either 3" wide, or 3" tall, to give consistency in their variety. I filled the page with 10 letters, one for each of my clips. I printed it on my green paper. (I think there's only one that the solid green will show because of its inline, but that's okay. I wanted it to be green.
I adhered the printed page of M's to one side of the card stock, and the patterned paper to the other side. I used rubber cement (use on each surface for strongest bond), then put weight on it while it dried.
Next comes the cutting. I used sharp scissors on the curves and a sharp exacto knife and straight-edge for the straight lines.

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There it is, my M-M-M mobile! One of the fonts ended up being too frighteningly skinny strokes, so I replaced it with a heart. Kinda love the serendipitous result!

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Designer. Typography geek. Entrepreneur.


  1. What a fantastic idea! I'll have to try it out. Thanks for an inspirational Friday morning!

  2. Marlee, I really appreciate your thinking which produces something or the other from one thing. Really loved this m-m-m stuff.


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