4 Creative DIY Mobiles
How to Make an Elephant Mobile
Heavier colored paper (cardstock weight)
1” round paper punch
Begin with a 5 1/2" round paper circle (cardstock weight). Measure and cut 1" off one side of the circle.
Use a 1" round paper punch to create a half-moon cut just right of center along the straight edge (cut in step one). This creates the space between the elephant's legs.
Using scissors cut and elongated teardrop shape just left of center along the straight edge. This created the space between the elephant's trunk and it's body.
Using a 1/8" round hole punch, punch a hole for the elephant's eye and a second hold at the top of its back for hanging.
Cut a paper heart and fold in half. Trim the pointed edge of the heart off to create the elephant's ears.
Position the elephant's ears on its head and trace a line along the folded edge of the ears. Using a craft knife, cut along this trace line. Unfold the ears and slip one ear through the cut, allowing you to see the ears on both sides of the body.
Repeat and create two additional elephants, for a total of three.
Cut a length of twine and feed through a paper straw. Tie an elephant both ends of the twine.
Cut a send length of twine. Tie the center of the length of twine around the center of the straw. Tie the third elephant to one end of the twine and use the other end to hang the mobile.
PLEASE NOTE: This cute mobile is intended for decoration purposes only. It is not a toy and should not be hung above a baby's crib.
DIY Modern Mobile
Plastic coffee stirrers
Heavy duty thread
Each mobile element is constructed from 12 stirrers -- so count out 12 and set them in front of you.
Measure out approximately 1 yard of heavy duty thread. Thread three stirrers and tie into a triangle formation, leaving a 2" to 3" tail. Position the triangle on your work surface with the corner where you just tied your knot pointing directly at you.
Thread two more stirrers onto the longest tail and tie to the upper right hand corner of your existing triangle. The formation will now look like two triangles, the first pointing at you the second adjacent one pointing away from you.
Thread two more stirrers onto the longest tail and tie to the lower right hand corner of the triangle you just created. The formation will now look like three adjacent triangles. Continue this step two more time, until the formation looks like five adjacent triangle and you have just one stirrer left.
Thread your final stirrer onto the longest tail, stretch it across to the short tail created when you made your first triangle and tie the two tails together. Double knot and trim the tails.
You now have two loose triangular flaps - pull them towards each other and they'll touch at their points. Cut a short length of thread and tie these two points together. You've just created the first element for your mobile!
Now that you have the basic element construction down, creating additional elements and combining them is somewhat freestyle. I've found that it works well to create one large main element constructed from full length stirrers, and then create a series of smaller elements constructed from stirrers cut in half. Begin to tie your smaller elements to the corners of the larger element and a chandelier-like mobile will begin to form. Alter the look and shape of the basic element by combining short and long stirrer segments in your construction -- experiment, get creative!
- Want to create a larger, bolder mobile? Use regular size drinking straws.
DIY Glow in the Dark Star Mobile
Glow in the dark hot glue sticks
16 gage jewelry wire
High temp hot glue gun
A short piece of dowel, a pencil or a chop stick
Gallon paint can
Load a glow in the dark glue stick into a high temp hot glue gun and allow it to preheat for five minutes. Fill the star molds with hot glue and then gently bang the back of the mold on your work surface to help the glue settle into all of the points and corners of the mold. Allow to cool for three minutes and then remove the stars from the mold. The mobile in the video used 15 stars.
To create the hanging element of the mobile, begin by cutting an 18" length of wire and mark the center point (9") with a marker. Center the dowel over the 9" mark and wrap the wire around it twice -- this creates the top hanging loop.
Measure 10" around the side of a gallon paint can and mark the beginning and end of the 10" length with a piece of tape. Also mark the center point, or 5" mark.
Take your piece of wire, center the dowel over the 5" mark and bend the wire around the sides of the can to create and arch shape. Mark the wire at the beginning and end of the 10" length with the marker.
Place the dowel over the mark on one end of the wire. Wrap the wire around the dowel twice and trim the excess with the wire cutter -- this creates one of the side hanging loops. Repeat this on the other end of the wire to create a second side hanging loop. Create three of these metal wire elements.
Lay the wire elements out in a triangular configuration on your work surface and then begin to connect them with the white thread. Connect the side hanging loops of the top metal element to the top center of the two bottom metal elements with loops of thread.
Next create hanging loops for the stars. Create loops of any length extending down from the side hanging loops of the two bottom metal elements, and from the center of all three metal elements.
Lay out your stars and tape them to the thread loops -- be mindful to hang the same number and size of stars from the side hanging loops on each metal element. Once all of your stars are taped to the thread loops, lift up the mobile to make certain it hangs evenly and not lopsided. Adjust as necessary.
Lay the mobile back down on your work surface, remove the tape and hot glue the string to the back of the stars. Allow the glue to cool for a few minutes and then your mobile is ready to hang!
The glow in the dark stars are reactivated by light. Hang your mobile in a spot where it will be exposed to natural light from your windows or electrical lights in your house during the day -- it will then glow for a few hours each night.
These mobiles are not toys, but are for decorative purposes only. Be certain to hang them out of reach of small children.
You can easily hang your mobile from your ceiling using a removable hook
How To Make Tissue Paper Clouds
8 sheets white tissue paper
Colored card stock
Fold tissue paper into 1 ½ inch accordion folds.
Cut two 10-inch lengths of wire, twist one around the center of the tissue paper, and attach the second wire creating two short tails and one long tail.
Use the scissors to round corners on both ends.
Separate one sheet at a time, then flatten on top and bottom.
Print and cut raindrop template on colored card stock.
Sew raindrops into strands (two strands per cloud).
Punch hole at top of each strand and hook through the short wire tails.
Hang from ceiling using long wire tail.