We’ll be picking up the pace posting more entries next week, but I wanted to leave you with one more DIY Contest submission before the weekend! Remember you have until next Thursday to send over your DIY project for a chance to win $500 (for first place) and $100 gift certificate to drool worthy jewelry from Wendy Mink. Just email me 4-6 images that are 600 pixels wide, a list of materials and instructions to amanda @ruffledblog.com. All you have to do is incorporate an old or used item in a DIY project!

Julia is our next contestant, who made this adorable paper plane mobile. The little planes were made out of maps from an old atlas, which gets me thinking of engaged couples with long distance relationship or just having a travel inspired wedding…

DIY Travel Paper Plane Mobile Materials

What you will need:

-old maps (I picked up a huge falling apart atlas at a thrift store for 50 cents)
-branches (from my backyard)
-several ribbons (local fabric store)
-pliable metal wire (local craft store)

DIY Travel Paper Plane Mobile Materials


Step 1: Measure and cut the map into 10-15 squares measuring 4×6” and 5×7”.
Step 2: Fold each map square into a basic paper airplane.
Step 3: Cut string into varying lengths and tape one end in the middle of each airplane. Tape airplane wings shut with double stick tape for a neater look.
Step 4: Gather branches into a snowflake shape to make mobile. The middle of each branch should be overlapping in the center. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around the middle of branches going in and around each branch until structure feels secure.
Step 5: Tie ribbons to the center of mobile and tie airplane strings from branches. Be sure to nicely trim ends of ribbons.
Step 6: Attach string to mobile and hang from ceiling.

DIY Travel Paper Plane Mobile

From Julia:

This airplane mobile is a great alternative to a centerpiece at a wedding. A collection of mobiles can be used as a decoration elsewhere, such as above the guest book or cake table.


Comments (19):

  • amani on April 24, 2014

  • Mika Cole on August 31, 2013

    I love your paper airplanes. Could you tell me how you folded your airplanes so that the mapping is on the bottom also? THANK YOU :)
  • Christina on April 27, 2012

    Love the twigs! I would like to make this with butterflies instead of airplanes for my girls!
  • Sarah on May 9, 2011

    I love this! It's so simple and unique!
  • Bek on August 3, 2010

    I love it but how have you folded your planes?
  • Ayesha on May 20, 2010

    Thank you so much! My 2 year old is obsessed with airplanes, this will be the perfect *late* birthday gift for her!
  • Rachael on March 23, 2010

    Love it! But how do you attache it to the ceiling? I hate the idea of centerpieces getting int the way of looking across the table and we're going with a travel theme so this could be perfect!
  • Lisa Rigby on March 23, 2010

    I love mobiles! Very pretty.Love the twigs + the turquoise colors.
  • Grace on March 22, 2010

    Gorgeous and so personal. Love your blog.
  • Katie on March 21, 2010

    LOVE this! Going to definitely use this for home decor AND wedding decor. I especially love the moss on the branches! So awesome!
  • Parthenia on March 20, 2010

    Really cute! I will have to try this one day!
  • Jolette on March 20, 2010

    Oh, this is adorable, and really meaningful too! My sister is in a long-term, long-distance relationship and they're always flying over the country to see each other, so this would be perfect for a couple like them. Love the use of twigs!
  • The Wedding Contessa on March 20, 2010

    Very creative! I love decorating with twigs!
  • jenny haas on March 20, 2010

    love this idea!! i might just use it for my sons birthday party!! :)
  • lydia {ever ours} on March 19, 2010

    this is truly a smart creative idea!!
  • forget.me.knot.weddings on March 19, 2010

    digging this idea! I am putting together an inspiration board with "vintage travel" look and this is just perfect! Great idea!
  • Yuriy on March 19, 2010

    That is awesome, good job Julia, I vote you the winner.
  • Julia on March 19, 2010

    Yay it's me! I still have this mobile hanging in my living... don't really want to take it down. You can't tell it's meant as wedding decor, right??
  • Dandelion & Grey on March 19, 2010

    This is one of the sweetest ideas I've seen! Love it! xo


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