BEST CHILDREN’S RETAILER 2017

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Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

Have you met Lily?

Lily Swan?

Well, Lily and her fluffy baby cygnets grace our brand new children's duvet cover set. It's a gorgeous blue colour featuring not only Lily and her family but water lilies, reeds and dragonflies, too. Made from 100 percent pure, breathable cotton, we think you're going to love it. 

There are so many beautiful bedroom accessories that you can team with the Lily Swan design - the sherbet striped rug, ivory rope storage baskets, and the lovely pippin toy organiser - but how about about making your very own swan dream catcher mobile?

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

It's quite simple. Trust us!

Here's what you'll need:

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

  • Weaving loom (we used this round loom from Hobbycraft)

  • 6 x 15cm paper squares in pastel colours/prints

  • 12 x craft feathers

  • Acrylic paint (optional)

  • Wool (or pretty twine)

  • Threading needle

  • Scissors 

And here's how you make it:

First, you need to make six pretty pastel-coloured swans from your 15cm paper squares. We used colours to complement the Lily Swan duvet cover set - pale blue, pale green, yellow, blush pink and white. This video will walk you through all of the steps to making amazing origami swans. It might feel a bit fiddly at first, but by the second or third, you'll be a pro.

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

Painting the craft feathers is optional. We like the pastel-dipped look but you can choose to keep them white. If you want to paint them, it's as simple as dabbing a touch of acrylic paint on to each tip, waiting for them to dry, and doing the same on the reverse side. We painted twelve feathers in three different colours, so four of each one.

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

Next, cut two 30cm lengths of the wool or string, and ten lengths ranging from 20cm to 35cm. Take the first of 30cm lengths and tie one end through a hole on one side of the loom and the other end through a hole on the opposite side. Do the same with the second of the 30cm lengths but at right angles to the first. They will cross over each other and act as the mobile's handles.

Then it's time to add the swans and the feathers with the remaining ten lengths of wool (or string). If you think of the loom in quarters, hang swan, feathers (we grouped three together ... one of each colour), swan in all four sections.

For the swans, tie a knot at the end of a length of wool and thread it through a hole in the loom and then through the needle and then through the body of the swan (from back to front). Secure the second end with a knot.

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

For the feathers, again tie a knot at the end of a length of wool and thread it through a hole in the loom but then simply tie the other end around the three feathers.

Finally, pop a command hook on the ceiling and hang your swan dream catcher mobile from it.

Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

    What do you think? Hopefully, it not only looks super pretty but will lead to sweet dreams, too.

    Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile

    Get Crafty: A Lily Swan Dream Catcher Mobile


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