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.

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

  • 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??

  • That is awesome, good job Julia, I vote you the winner.

  • digging this idea! I am putting together an inspiration board with “vintage travel” look and this is just perfect! Great idea!

  • this is truly a smart creative idea!!

  • jenny haas

    love this idea!! i might just use it for my sons birthday party!! :)

  • The Wedding Contessa

    Very creative! I love decorating with twigs!

  • 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!

  • Parthenia

    Really cute! I will have to try this one day!

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

  • Gorgeous and so personal. Love your blog.

  • I love mobiles! Very pretty.Love the twigs + the turquoise colors.

  • Rachael

    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!

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

  • Bek

    I love it but how have you folded your planes?

  • I love this! It’s so simple and unique!

  • Christina

    Love the twigs! I would like to make this with butterflies instead of airplanes for my girls!

  • Mika Cole

    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 :)

  • amani