Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login
Share your craft ideas for a share of the ad revenue. Click on Write For Us.

Colourful Sparkly Mobile

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
Easy (884)      Recycled (200)      Paint (159)      Decoration (121)      Messy Play (109)      Painting (92)      Toilet Roll (41)      Quick (21)      All Ages (7)      Mobile (5)     
Colourful and creative, mobiles are a great way to give your home a special personal touch – especially when they’re handmade by your own children. This mobile is quick, easy and cheap to make, and looks great. It’s a fun activity for children of all ages, from very young pre-schoolers who’ll enjoy the messy play that’s involved, to older kids who will possibly want to make something in a specific colour scheme or with more creative detail. Created out of miscellaneous bits and pieces from around the home, this mobile is also very eco-friendly and can be a good way to introduce your children to the concept of recycling.



mobile


Time: 60 - 90 minutes
Age: Any Age
Level: Easy

Materials



mobile


Acrylic paint in various colours
Glitter glue
Craft jewels or beads
Four or five cardboard toilet rolls or paper towel rolls – we cut some of these to make them smaller and easier to use
Clothing tags in various shapes and sizes – or some thick pieces of cardboard
Other cardboard bits and pieces, if they’re available – objects we have used at various times include the cardboard frames from used rolls of masking tape, matchboxes, old wooden cotton spools and other small boxes. Don’t use items that are too large as they might destroy the balance of your mobile.
Three or four metres of string or wool
Child-friendly scissors
A hole punch
A large darning needle
An old metal coathanger for your mobile’s frame

Method
Choose the items you’d like to use in your mobile and plan the basic design.

Paint the tags and toilet rolls brightly and leave them to dry. We wanted to create a mobile that’s inspired by autumn leaves, so we limited our colour palette to mainly yellows, oranges and reds. Be sure to paint both sides, and prop them up in such a way that both sides can dry properly – perhaps against an old cardboard box or some scrap wood.



mobile


When the paint dried on our mobile, we added some more patterns and colour to provide extra visual appeal. These included swirls, dots and patterns made with little finger-tips dipped in paint. Another effective way to create a pattern is to flick paint (in a contrasting colour) from an old toothbrush. Once again, leave the pieces to thoroughly dry.



crafting




folk art


When the paint has completely dried, add some final bling to your pieces, such as glitter, glitter glue, sparkly beads or craft gems. Highlights in gold acrylic paint also provide a nice effect.

When the glitter glue has completely dried, plan how you’ll assemble your mobile. Take the punch and pierce holes into each object you’ll be using. Be sure that the hole isn’t too close to the edge of them or they might tear. If you’re using shop tags from new clothing items this won’t be necessary, as they already have holes punched into them. Alternatively, use a large darning needle to create holes in the items you want to use.



folk art


Tie pieces of string to the various bits and pieces, and attach these to the coat-hanger. To create an interesting effect, vary the length of the strings and the shape of the objects, as well as the way in which they’re placed. This step should be done carefully, with plenty of adult assistance, so the strings don’t tangle.



kids craft


Your mobile is now complete. To add a colourful finishing touch, you could tie a bright-coloured ribbon at the top of it.

Categories
#Mobile
#Messy play
#Paint
#Painting
#Recycled art
#Recycled
#Quick
#Easy
#Decoration
#Toilet Roll
#All ages
I like this Article - 7
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Carolyn Hopping
The grace and mystique of Japan has fascinated foreigners for centuries
11 likes
Many children enjoy making their own jewellery and this pretty butterfly brooch is easy to craft for...
9 likes
Little padded hearts are a great first sewing activity – either for a couple of children at home, or...
6 likes
Every household has its fair share of odd socks and this fun activity is a great way to utilise thos...
10 likes
These pretty decoupage boxes are easy to make and look absolutely gorgeous
8 likes
Children have always been fascinated with farms and the various animals that can be found on them, a...
7 likes
view all articles by Carolyn Hopping
Articles by Carolyn Hopping on Other Hubs
ID: 38306
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
A lovely spring craft for toddlers to create
6 likes
A fun way to decorate your home over Easter - paper carrot bunting
13 likes
Box pinatas are a quick and easy alternative to papier mache pinatas
8 likes
For some students, math isnʼt always their favorite subject
1 like
Loom flowers are so easy, so fun, and if you make your own loom and use leftover yarn, they wont cos...
8 likes
With a flower loom, kids can easily create cute flowers, out of yarn, that can be used to decorate j...
3 likes
If your child loves to draw, this is a great activity for them to encourage their creativity
1 like
Upcycle a breakfast cereal box and hop into Easter with this cute Easter Bunny Mask
3 likes
Here's how to make a colourful elephant from a recycled milk bottle and tissue paper
9 likes
This cute and fun Christmas card can be made by little ones with the help of an adult
3 likes
Categories
Under 5s (593)
Any Age (405)
Over 10s (384)
Baby (12)
Links (1)
Easy (884)
Medium (247)
Hard (37)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version