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How to Make Paper Mobiles

Woven Wind Sock Paper Mobile

This paper mobile brightens up a porch or back yard.
This paper mobile brightens up a porch or back yard.

The woven wind sock is a multicolored, ribbon-bedecked paper craft mobile that dances in the wind.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored paper gift bag
  • 1/2-inch-wide ribbon, 4 colors


  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Cut 20 pieces of ribbon, each about 24 inches long. Set aside until step 4.


Step 2: Neatly cut the bottom off a paper bag. With the bag flat on the work surface, fold it in half the long way.

Step 3: Measure and mark a line every 3/4 inch along the fold, starting 1-1/2 inches from the top and ending 2-1/2 inches from the bottom.

Step 4: Cut slits at these marks, through every layer of the bag, from the folded edge to within 1/2 inch of the other edge. Don't cut all the way to the edge.

Step 5: Open the bag. Beginning on the inside of the bag, weave a piece of ribbon in and out of each slit from the top to the bottom.

Step 6: Choose another color ribbon, and weave this piece through the next row of slits, starting on the outside. Repeat weaving around the bag.

Align the tops of the ribbons with the top of the bag, and glue in place.

Step 7: Cut a 12-inch piece of ribbon, and glue it across the open top of the bag to make a hanger.

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