Mobiles are a neat display -- and they can be a welcome way to draw the eye if the sight of toys littering the floor of a kid's bedroom becomes too much.
- Large wooden embroidery hoop
- Small wooden embroidery hoop
- Paint and paintbrush (optional)
- Fishing line or string
- Eye bolt
- Glue (optional)
- Something to hang from the mobile (more about this in a bit)
First you'll want to decide whether to paint the hoops (the centerpiece of your mobile) or leave them au natural. To begin construction, start by tying the string or fishing line onto the smaller wooden hoop. Three strings should be tied around the rim at equal intervals; these will lead up to the ceiling where they're knotted together to hang from the eye bolt.
Using several more lengths of string, attach the smaller hoop to the larger one. From here, there's a couple of ways you can go. Some strands can hang from both the smaller hoop (straight down through the center) and the larger hoop, or the objects can simply dangle from the larger hoop. Tie the strings in whatever arrangement you prefer.
Now comes the fun part -- deciding what to dangle from your mobile. Depending on what's chosen, the objects can either be tied or glued to the lines. Sea shells can provide a reminder of your last trip to the beach. Stars and comets can make kids dream of sailing through space. Paper snowflakes can set the mood for winter. Butterflies, racecars, marine animals - the list goes on.
The most fun way to do it? Let the child decide what will hang from his or her new mobile.