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Elevate Your Apartment Decor by Hacking This Easy + Stylish Mobile

Adulting can be hard AF, but it comes with some super sweet perks, like decorating your apartment however you please. Apartment decor can be pricey, so around here we are always on the hunt for ways to spruce up your pad that won’t cost you your whole paycheck. In the past we’ve brought you easy and cheap wall art, how to make an art gallery wall on a budget, and an Anthropologie wall art hack. Today we’re serving up a chic mobile hack inspired by the work of Alexander Calder. This mobile is made out of Brit + Co X Cheeky plates, costs under $30 to make, and adds so much character to your home.

Materials and Tools:

Start by cutting fun shapes out of the paper plates. We didn’t draw our shapes out beforehand and just freestyled it. This worked out great, giving the shapes a very organic feel. Next trace the shapes you’ve cut out on a plate with a different pattern. You’ll hot glue gun the two matching shapes together to eliminate the white backs of the plates and leave a different pattern on each side.

Once you have a good amount of shapes cut and glued, lay out your dowel and play around with the arrangement of the shapes.

When you’re happy with your arrangement, using your X-ACTO knife, make a small slit in the four pieces that will hang from the very top.

Attach the two pieces with the gold floral wire, making a small arch.

Repeat those steps for the two pieces hanging from the other side.

Now with your hot glue gun, apply a very small amount of glue to the bottom of your top shape. Can we take a second to shout out how AMAZING hot glue guns are — you can use them to make literally anything!! It’s great.

Now cut a piece of fishing line and place it in the dot of the hot glue. Make sure the fishing line is completely covered in glue — this is essential for the strength of your mobile.

Repeat this process until you have attached all your shapes with fishing line. Using the same fishing line, attach each end of the dowel with a simple knot. Your mobile is now ready for action!

We hung ours over a reading nook and it totally jazzed up the corner.

Look at that baby move! It actually moved so much it was super hard to get a picture of it.

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DIY Production + Styling: Cassidy Miller

Photography: Kurt Andre

Cassidy Miller
Cassidy is a San Francisco-based creative taking each day one donut at a time.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*