How to Make Mobiles


Springy Mobile

Anybody can make a mobile, but can they make a springy mobile like yours? Try this recipe for bouncy fun with mobiles.

What You'll Need:

  • Coat hanger
  • Brightly colored electrical tape
  • 4 to 6 little trinkets, game pieces, etc.
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Black darning thread
  • Needle

Wrap the coat hanger in brightly colored electrical tape. Choose 4 to 6 trinkets to hang from the mobile. Now make large and small "springs."

Start by cutting a 3-inch-wide squares out of construction paper. Take the square and begin cutting from the outside edge, turning at the corners, and spiraling inward to the center. Leave a "knob" the size of a penny in the center.

Thread the needle, make a knot, and poke through the underside of the "knob." Cut the thread about 5 inches from the knot, and tie the end around the bottom part of the coat hanger.

Knot another piece of thread, and, going from the top of the spring to the bottom, poke the needle through the outside edge of the square. Next, knot the thread around a hanging trinket.

Notice how the square looks like a spring? Make springs unique by starting with triangular or other shapes and cutting toward the center.

To make a longer spring, start with a bigger shape. Use a smaller shape for a shorter spring. Finish making springs and hanging trinkets. Display your springy mobile and enjoy.

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