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Paper Project: Heart Mobile!

Our friend Evelyn (and her sister Hazel along with Roxie) helped make this paper project for the Summer Inspire(d). It’s fun because you get to forage for the perfect sticks first, then put the rest of the project together. Check out our how-to here, and have fun!


• Paper of whatever color you’d like
• Paper trimmer (optional – it works great for even sized strips of paper)
• Foraged sticks (cut down to size for the mobile size you’d like)
• Branch cutter for cutting said sticks (the big one was the best for this)
• Stapler
• Scissors
• Yarn, string, or similar

Cut your paper into strips – I had 12 x 12 paper, but you could use 8.5 x 11, and just cut the strips the long way. I cut mine into 1.5-inch strips. The smaller you cut your strips, the smaller your hearts can be.

Once you’ve cut a good number of strips, fold them directly in half, and cut on the fold. (The pieces at the top of the paper trimmer have been cut, the bottom papers have not been cut.)

Now it’s time to make your hearts! Take one of your cut strips, and fold it in half.

Round the top parts and bring the two edges together to form the heart.

Grab the bottom of the heart, and make a good crease. Open the top, rounded part of the heart, and put a piece of string in the middle, and hold that part again. (Evelyn and I discovered it’s best to cut your strings long enough to tie to the mobile, but not too long that it’s hard to know which string is which. The length of the string will depend on your mobile size.)

The goal is to staple the heart so the staple also holds the string in place.

Slide the inside top of the heart out (while the string is still in place) to staple.

Once it’s stapled, roll it back into a heart form. You can adjust the heart a fair amount to your liking.

It should look like the above photo!

Now it’s time to set up your mobile! Play with your sticks ’til it looks how you want it to. Make sure you have enough hearts to balance the mobile out. Tie the top string on with a loop so you can hang the mobile.

Tie the rest of the strings to attach the sticks to each other and form the mobile base.

Lay out the hearts and play with how you’d like them to look. (See what we mean about the strings being too long? Next time we’d trim them while they’re on the ground.)

Hang the mobile up so you can start balancing your hearts. We clipped ours to the bottom of our deck! It might take some doing to get it balanced – move the hearts from the inside to the outside of the sticks, or make the strings shorter, etc, to get the balance just right.

Here it is before we trimmed the strings!

And here it is all done! Thanks to Evelyn, Hazel, and Roxie for the help on this! Hang yours up to twirl slightly in the breeze, or in the window to brighten a gloomy day! Enjoy!

We’re looking for family recipes!


Hello, friends!

Aryn here from Inspire(d). We’re excited to be working on our summer 2016 print magazine, and are looking for some help from our readers/friends!

Each summer, we highlight food (the photo above is from last year’s local potluck party feature). For several years now, we’ve hosted the local food directory (sponsored by Iowa State Extension and Iowa Buy Fresh Buy Local) in our pages. We love to use this opportunity to encourage and inspire ideas for get-togethers with family and food, conversations with local farmers, and new recipes to try.

This year, we’re looking for recipes that have roots – and stories. Recipes that your family or someone you love has been making for years, and the people they love had been making it for years before that.

Do you have any recipes like this in your families? Would you be willing to share the recipes and stories with Inspire(d)? We’d love to chat more about it. Please let us know by April 11 at the very latest (or just shoot us an email at right now that says “count me in!”). We’ll have to select just a handful, but definitely still want to hear any and all stories you might have!

A couple other notes:

  1. Please let us know if you also have any probituary ideas – we’ve got folks scheduled for summer and probably fall, but are always looking for more people who want to feature their loved ones in upcoming magazines.
  1. Thank you so much for reading! Make sure to say hi if you ever see us around (or like us on Facebook or visit us right here at to keep up with our online and other life adventures). You are awesome!!! XOXO

Looking forward,
Aryn (and Benji and Roxie too!)