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When I was younger, I used to sneak up onto my parents’ rooftop and just stare up at the sky for hours. Now that Robert and I have our own place, we live in the city. It’s a little harder to find a star-blanketed sky, and the moon is oftentimes hidden behind an array of buildings and the rushing flow of traffic.
That’s why I decided I wanted to make a moon phases wall hanging! There’s not a whole lot of nature watching in Fort Worth, so I’ll just have to bring it inside with me the best that I can.
The DIY below does take some time, but I’ve provided very detailed instructions on how to do it right the first time through! Trust me, the directions make it look more complicated than it actually is. Afterwards, you’ll be rewarded with a very cool and unique Moon Phases Wall Hanging!
- 5 Round Cork Coasters, 4″ Diameter. I got mine from Hobby Lobby, but if you want to save yourself a trip to the store, you can grab some here from Amazon.
- Your Favorite Fabrics. I bought two different types, 1/2 a yard each. This was more than enough. You likely only need 1/2 yard total, but it is nice to have some extra if you mess up.
- Mod Podge, Matte Finish. You could also probably use fabric glue, but I like that Mod Podge dries totally clear and acts as a sealer. It takes some patience, but I thought the results were perfect.
- Clear Nail Polish (Optional). I used this to help me seal the sides better. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I found it helpful.
- Fine Jewelry Cable Chain, 6 yds. I didn’t use the full 6 yards, but I did get close. You probably don’t want to buy much less than this. Here’s the exact one I bought from Hobby Lobby, but again, you can probably find something similar from Amazon.
- 3 Round Split Rings, 6mm.
- Pants Hanger with Cardboard Tube. Like the kind you get after you take your pants to the dry cleaners. You probably have one of these in your closet.
- White Acrylic Paint.
- Box cutter.
- Sponge brush or paintbrush, one large and one smaller.
- Sharpie or marker.
- Piece of tape.
How to Make It:
- Start by drawing the different moon phases on your cork coasters. I did a full moon, waxing gibbous, half moon, and two waxing crescents, one thinner than the other. I didn’t end up using the last coaster in the image below; instead, the “new moon” is represented by just the chain because it’s “invisible” to the eye.
- Then, using your pair of scissors, carefully cut the coasters into the shapes you drew. I flipped them over after this so that the moon was waxing in the other direction. I just liked that better visually.
- Place your fabric face down, and put the full moon shape on top of it. With your pencil, draw around the shape just a little bigger than it actually is, about the same distance as the width of your coaster. Cut out the shape you just drew in the fabric.
- Repeat for all other moon phases, alternating fabric patterns if you have more than one.
Applying the Fabric
- Dip your large paintbrush into the mod podge and apply to the surface of the full moon coaster. With your full moon fabric piece facing down, place the mod podge side of the coaster directly in the center of the fabric. Let dry, about 20-30 seconds.
- With your small paintbrush, apply mod podge and start painting the edges of the full moon coaster. You’ll have to do this in small sections, folding down the edges of the fabric so that it sticks to the sides. You can paint the mod podge underneath and on top of the fabric to help it stick.
- You may have to repeat the step above 2-3 times to fully secure the edges of the fabric to the coaster. If you are having trouble spots, take the clear nail polish and paint onto the edges. I found it helped seal it better.
- Repeat the above three steps for the remaining moon phases. On the pieces with sharp points (like the crescent moons), the fabric will make a point where the two edges meet. I just snipped off the excess fabric with my scissors.
Prepping the Materials for Assembly
- After you’ve finished attaching the fabric to the cork shapes, grab your pants hanger and remove the cardboard tube from it.
- Clean your large brush, and pat dry. Apply white acrylic paint to the cardboard tube. Let dry.
- While the tube is drying, take your now-dry moon shapes and mark out where the holes in each shape should go. Make sure not to mark too close to the edge, or your cork will break when you cut out the holes. Here’s where I put mine:
- With the tip of your box cutter, cut out where the holes should go. Make it big enough for your jewelry chain to slide easily through.
Assembling the Wall Hanging
- Grab your jewelry chain, unravel a good bit of it, and slide it in through the front of the rightside hole of your full moon piece. The chain should be sticking out the back of the shape.
- Take the end of the chain and now put it back through the other hole (the left one) so that the chain is sticking up through the front of the shape.
- Now pause and check to make sure your hanger cardboard tube is dry. When it is, slide that same end of the chain up through the left side of the cardboard hanger. Push it through all the way so that it now hangs out of the right end of the hanger.
- Your full moon should now effectively be hanging down from the white tube.
- Take the end of the chain again and draw it up in the opposite direction, sticking it again through the left side of the hanger and out the right.
- The chain should be in the same position as in step 4 (the right end of the hanger). You’ve just created the bit of chain that the entire piece will hang from.
- Now take your next moon shape (the waxing gibbous) and put the same end of the chain through the front of the right hole. The chain should be sticking out of the back of the shape.
- Draw the chain through the back and up and out the left hole. The chain should be sticking out the front of the shape now.
- As before, draw the chain through the left side of the cardboard hanger and out the right side.
- Let chain dangle from the hanger, about 4 in. down. This is where you will later attach a split ring and effectively end the chain.
- Now, if you haven’t already, unravel the other end of the chain from the spool so that you have the opposite end. (This end of this chain should be sticking out the front of the right hole of the full moon.) Drag it up through the right side of the cardboard hanger and out the left end.
- PAUSE. Find a push pin and hang up what you’ve got so far (the chain will be dragging out the left end). You need to adjust the different elements of the wall hanging so that they are hanging straight. Get them centered and looking good. Then cut the end of the chain that is dragging to match the right side. (Again, this should be roughly 4 in.)
You’ve completed the hard part! Good job!
- Now, take the end of the chain that was cut off and your last crescent moon (the smallest one). We will be weaving the chain through the last three moon shapes in reverse order. We will then attach it to the waxing gibbous. To do so:
- Take one end of the excess chain and put it through the front of the bottom hole of the smallest crescent moon. Then, draw it up and put it through the back of the top hole of the same shape. It should be sticking out the front of the shape now on both ends.
- Repeat the step above for the last two shapes (the largest crescent moon and the half moon).
- Adjust two crescent moons and half moon to be equally spaced.
- Take the top of the chain (the one sticking out the front of the half moon) and put it through the front of the bottom hole of the waxing gibbous. It should now be sticking out the back of the waxing gibbous.
- Tape the chain to the back of the waxing gibbous.
- PAUSE. Adjust all moons and make sure they are hanging straight. Make sure everything is centered.
- You’re almost done! Now, take the end of the chain that is dragging on the floor (it should be sticking out the front of the bottom hole of the smallest crescent moon) and measure about 6 in. down. Cut it at this spot. This makes a space for the “invisible” new moon.
- Attach split rings to all three ends of the chains.
You’re done! Congratulations!
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