DIY: Anthrofied Book Mobiles and Nail Yarn-wrapped letters.

After the damage I did at the sale yesterday, you’d think I’d stay away from Anthro’s website.  But no.  I’m like a moth to a flame.  This is what I found this morning just browsing…and is sitting in my imaginary “if I were a rich girl’s” cart:

Why I may be selling a kidney on the black market this fall....

This is just what I found in the space of 2 minutes.  Ouch. And doesn’t include wishlist items.  Ouch times 2.  (But seriously, aren’t those Elva Booties too cool for school?!)

Let’s take our minds off the new lovelies for a moment and get our crafty on….

I have been wanting to do a reading nook in the corner of my kids’ room for years….just never knew exactly what I wanted it to look like.  That is, until I laid eyes on a gorgeous window display at Anthropologie (of course) full of these:

Anthro window display via Apartment Therapy


I knew these would be perfect-o for the reading nook.  Right?!  They’re so cool.  So I hunted down children’s books at the Goodwill and Salvation Army.  Once I had 6, I was ready.  Turn on Pandora….Emiliana Torrini radio….to set the crafting mood.  Ready, set, go.

Step 1: rip out all the pages.

Step 2 & 3: Cut a length of a cardboard box that is slightly wider than the spine of your book, but the same length. Hot glue in the center. Then poke a hole in the center through both the cardboard and the spine.

Step 4: Push a piece of string, twine, yarn, ribbon, or whatver, through the spine side first, and tie a looped knot so that it won't pull through.

Step 5: This is when you should line the inside of your book with decorative paper if your book doesn't have an interesting color going on on the inside of the covers. You can use scrapbook paper, gift wrap, kids art, or pages from the book that you've ripped out. Then, bend the book at the spine slightly so the cardboard center is slightly creased. This creates a nice "hang" angle for the covers of your book.


Step 6: Begin hot gluing pages to the cardboard center strip. For the starter pages, I rolled up the bottom edges and glued them to the page 3/4 of the way up, then folded the ends slightly to make a flat edge for the glue to better adhere to the cardboard. Pages should be put in from both sides as shown here. Fill it in as well as possible, making some pages taller/shorter than others.

Step 7: After your starter pages are well-filled in, continue turning the edges of the bottom up, gluing them about 3/4 of the way (or all the way) up to the top, and then begin gluing them in random order between your starter pages. Glue them at different heights, so some hand lower. You don't want uniformity here. Hold up the book to look at it how it will hang, so you can see where you want to fill in holes, where you need more length, and general check on how it's lookin'.

This was the easiest way to position the book mobile during assembly. glue some in, hold it up to see how it's looking, place back down....add more....repeat. Stop when it feels right. How's that for vague?!

AND……..Voi-la!  A complete book mobile, all happy and hung.

Now for the other part of the DIY.  I noticed this cool signage in the home section of Anthropologie a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to finish off the reading nook.  Here’s the inspiration:

Super cool, eh? Blanquita, you rock girl!

And here’s the Anthromollogies version:

The completed nook.

All it needs now is a huge Lovesac to curl up in. I'm on the hunt for the best deal.

I completely love it. Hung the books with simply ceiling hooks from Home Depot.

The letters were printed out HUGE, like in 700 font, landscape format, and then cut out, tape on the wall, and nailed around them.  If you want more detail pics of that, let me know and I’ll post them too.

The nesting beast from within was momentarily satisfied by the completion of the reading nook.  Now I’m on to something else.  Here’s a hint:

Coffee filters and a paper lantern. It's gonna be a monster. I'm changing it a little.... I hope I have fingers left when all's said and done....and glued.


And I’d LOVE to make a crap-load of these as well, just for funsies:

Some disco bows to avert attention from the alarming mid-sectional growth.

So what have you been up to?  Any great DIY’s you’d like to share with Anthromollogies readers?  I’d love to have a collective Anthrofied DIY post regularly.  Are you in?

Hope so.

xoxo MOlly






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22 Responses to DIY: Anthrofied Book Mobiles and Nail Yarn-wrapped letters.

  1. tls63

    Great idea! I'm in!

  2. ali

    Molly , Love the diy! Did you do the words in string? Also can you give some more details on the shoe detail? Best wishes to you and baby to be!!

    • Ali, I used yarn. 2 for $5 at Joann's. The shoe detail? Are you talking about the Elva Booties in my shopping cart? Looks like they're made by a company I've never heard of: 80%20. Anthro says: Textured wool pools at the top of these mixed-material wedges, adding an unexpected burst of color to a classic bohemian silhouette. They look so funky and comfy. Thanks for the wishes!

  3. I love those book mobiles and your "learn, think,grow". You are so talented. I am all for a collective anthro DIY. Would it include sewing a dress? I just finished another anthro knockoff dress and I haven't posted it yet. I will wait and send it to you before I post it on my blog if you do the DIY.

    • uhhh….FOR SURE! Sewing is included. You always amaze me with your ANTHROFIED DIY dresses. I think it will be so cool to see what all these creative lovers and minds in our community are making. I'll decide on a timeline tonight and put up a post with the info soon.

  4. Lily

    Lovely! I am sure your children love you to pieces for this!

  5. AnthroConSabor

    Awesome and I would love an anthrofied DIY post… I actually just made a stacking tea cup/ tea pot lamp this past weekend! Btw, I would love some inspiration on DIY bedroom ideas… I need something on my wall behind my baed since I don't have a head/ foot board.

  6. Andrea

    coolest. reading. nook. EVER. i love it!! I'm definitely going to do that yarn lettering somewhere in my house!

  7. Oh my goodness… Molly, it's amazing!!!! I love love love love love it. I need to turn a corner of my kids' playroom into a reading nook now!

  8. Srujana

    I’ve been a daily reader…but this is my first time commenting. I love your DIY posts and was waiting eagerly for the book mobile- and you definitely didn’t disappoint! I can’t wait to make a few of these myself to hang over my Lovesac (which I super highly recommend, btw. My bf got me one for my bday and its the best thing ever!)

  9. Ginabean3

    Molly, this is so freakin' cool. When I'm a mom one day, I only hope I can make my children's world as beautiful as you have made yours. :-) HAPPY THURSDAY!

  10. TeeGee83

    Molly, first of all, I love your blog and check it daily, salivating for a new post! You have such an incredible eye for color, and you put together outfits that I could never have thought of, and they all look so amazing! Also, I love how you have chosen to keep your own style throughout your pregnancy, and not being duped into buying those overpriced (and essentially worthless after 9 months) maternity clothes. I'm so jealous of how crafty you are, and it seems to me that you've been in a "nesting period" for this entire pregnancy!

    • Tracy, thank you so much. I'm so glad to have you here, reading. The maternity clothes….gosh, I did totally get sucked into that hole the first time I was pregnant (10 years ago), and chucked them all during the next pregnancy. What a waste! Thank goodness the styles these days are just really so amenable to both pregnant and not pregnant fashionites.

  11. Yay! Molly, thank you for posting the how-to on the book mobiles. I adore them and yours turned out fantastic! Oh, and that coffee filter lantern has been on my "to make" list for some time. Great minds! ;)

  12. jennifer

    Thank you so much for your post! I already made the crayon artwork which came out cool but amateurish. Now I can't wait to try the book mobiles!

  13. anon

    omg, an anthropologie house!! this is so creative, talented, and fun. yay!

  14. Liza Frick

    Molly! WOW!!! Your kids are quite lucky to have such a creative and savvy mom! Your reading nook is adorable!!!

    • Thanks so much Liza! Unfortunately, my kids are fairly unimpressed by creative projects that I dream up around here…. perhaps I should stop buying any and all Little Debbie snacks to get their attention? hehe.

  15. Corrie

    So cute. I'm thinking of doing a yarn & nail type thing, but I love those bow shoes too!!!

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