Making mobiles can be a very fun and interesting craft for anyone to make any time of year. When you decide that you want to make a mobile, you should plan what you want it to look like, where you want it to be in your home or office and how long you want it to last. You can make a mobile in almost any shape or size and they can be very attractive decorations in any room. Here is some direction on making mobiles out of common household items.
The first step in making your mobile is to plan what you want it to look like when it is all finished. Decide what theme you want your mobile to or what room you would like it to hang in so you can determine what steps or supplies you need to make it successfully. When you have decided what you want the basic theme to be, print or gather the supplies needed for making the whole project. Gathering them all into one place will make it easier to do the project at one time and to stay organized. The simplest and easiest mobiles involve making simple cut out pictures or shapes printed on paper. More complex designs can include ornaments or other shapes or toys found around the house. You can really put anything on a mobile as long as you are able to attach it to a piece of string somewhere.
For the frame of the mobile, start with two or three wire hangers to hand everything on. The hangers will be what keep all of the figures together in one place. When you are cutting the hangers, you want to make sure that you are cutting and bending them all in consistent ways so that they weight of the mount will be balanced and allow you to put as many items on the mobile as necessary. It is a good idea to make sure that your figures you will be hanging on the mobile are roughly the same size and weight. If any one or two of them is significantly larger or smaller than the others, then it will be very difficult to make the mobile balanced. Cut the hangers with wire cutters and make sure there are not any very sharp edges that could cut children. When you have the lengths of wire cut, wrap each end into a circle that will allow you to tie on the figures. You’ll want to bend the wires in the middle so that they are all attached and will stay together. Wire hangers are very common and can be found in almost any closet anywhere.
If you will be making the figures on your own and not using ornaments or other premade figures, then you will need paper, coloring utensils, scissors and string. When you have decided on the type of shape you want to have for your figures, color them and cut them out. If you will be making the figures on your own and not using ornaments or other premade figures, then you will need paper, coloring utensils, scissors and string. When you have decided on the type of shape you want to have for your figures, color them and cut them out. You can make them three dimensional by putting tow of the same shape together and stapling and stuffing them full of foam or paper scraps. This can add more texture to your figures for the mobile. Attach the shapes you have made to the wire hangers with string. You can use all the same length or varying lengths to add variety. You’ll also need to attach a string to the middle of the hangers so you can hang your mobile from the ceiling. All of the items used to make this mobile can be found in most homes and with a little creativity, transformed into a great mobile.