How to Make a Mobile

This sleek, modern mobile would look equally cool in a nursery or above a workspace.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Cut the twine Cut the twine in various lengths between 12 and 36 inches. Double them and tie the pairs of loose ends together.
  • TIP: Used colored twine for an extra punch of color.
  • Step 2: Attach to eyelets Take the looped ends and slip them each through the eyelets, pulling the tied ends through to make slipknots.
  • Step 3: Affix to hoop Use slipknots to fix each piece of twine to the hoop, equal distances apart, keeping the eyelets at the bottom.
  • Step 4: Hang the hoop Cut three more pieces of twine to hang the hoop from a ceiling hook. Double the pieces and slipknot at three places on top of the hoop, bring the loose ends together, tie a knot, and hang.
  • Step 5: Cut out shapes Cut shapes from the poster board.
  • TIP: Pick three complementary colors for continuity.
  • Step 6: Attach shapes Using a one-eighth inch hole punch, punch a hole at the top of each shape, one-quarter inch from the top. Attach the circles to the eyelets using an eyelet punch.
  • FACT: Did you know? Marcel Duchamp coined the word 'mobile' to describe fellow artist Alexander Calder’s moving sculptures.

You Will Need

  • Waxed twine
  • Scissors
  • Eyelets
  • An embroidery hoop
  • Poster board
  • A u215b-inch hole punch
  • An eyelet punch

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