How to Make a Modern Mobile
The geometric shapes and variety of colors makes this DIY mobile an eye-catching piece. And best yet? It can be completed in just one afternoon!
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
-White card stock
-1 ¾” (4.5cm) hole punch
-Blue, orange, and yellow paper
-Beading monofilament (It’s like fishing line. Can be found in the jewelry section of any craft store)
-Seed beads of any color (Those super tiny beads use in jewelry making)
-The outer ring of a 6″ (15cm) embroidery hoop
Using the hole punch, cut out 192 circles out of white card stock.
If a hole punch isn’t available, a compass and scissors would suffice. However, the circles wouldn’t be as precise and the project would take longer to make. (And it’s way easier and more efficient to just punch them out. Splurge on that hole punch!)
Crease and Glue
Crease and fold all the circles in half, and then glue pairs of circles together, alongside the fold.
There will be 96 pairs of glued circles.
Using the same hole punch, cut out 8 blue circles, 8 orange circles and 8 yellow circles.
With scissors, cut each of the 24 circles in half.
Glue Colored Circles
Glue each of the colored paper half circles to one side of the white pairs of circles as shown in the photo.
Cut a strand of monofilament that is 48″ (122cm) long and tie a seed bead to one end. Attach the seed bead and monofilament to the flat side and in the center of a pair of white circles with colored paper.
The monofilament should run along the groove that is located between the two white circles.
Attach a pair of white circles (no colored paper) and glue it at a 90 degree angle, on the flat side of the circles used in step 5 to form a complete globe.
Tie another bead to the monofilament 3″ (7.5cm) from the top of the first globe. Attach a colored half-globe by using tape to secure the bead to the flat center of the white circles. Make sure that the half circle of colored paper is vertical.
Alternating the colors of the globes, follow steps 6 and 7 to form 8 strands that have 6 globes each.
Start two strands with yellow, two with orange and two with blue. Alternate the colors in the same order for each strand.
Attach all the strands of globes to the embroidery hoop, alternating the height at which they are attached and the colors with which each strand begins. Leave the remaining monofilament over the top of the hoop. Four strands should be closer to the hoop and four should be slightly lower.
Tie all the excess strands of monofilament over the top and center of the mobile in a knot and make a hoop to use for hanging. Cut any excess monofilament off.
And voilà—you can now add mobile maker to your resume!
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