When we purchased the Birds of a Feather Mobile by Helen Ige, we were put-off by the $69 price for a few moments. After all, your purchase seems to be nothing more than a 11 by 13 piece of walnut veneer and some string. When we saw that the bird and tree pieces are meant to be punched out of a piece of wood that can become a stencil, we thought, "okay, we can make *something* else out of this" and swallowed the price. That *something* that ended up being made is this piece of nursery art that was intended to tie all our nursery colors together.
First, we took the stencil and cut out the leaves, tree and birds from brown paper. To add some contrast, some of the pieces were also cut out of white paper. There wasn't anything scientific going on -- just an aesthetic choice of what works and what doesn't.
The most complicated part of the project was finding the right frame -- and that wasn't too hard either. We used one of those family collage frames that have a bunch of windows cut out the matte paper.
The pieces of color paper were simply placed in the windows -- just like you would place a photo and then the bird/tree pieces were moved around until the presentation was just right. Gluing secures it all and that's it.