How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

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It's easy to make a butterfly mobile that will delight both children and adults. Hang the mobile by an open window and watch the butterflies gently flutter in the breeze. This is an enjoyable craft to make with young children. They can use their imagination to color the butterflies into their own fantasy creations.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Colored translucent plastic report covers
  • Glue
  • Construction paper in bright colors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fishing line
  • 28 gauge wire
  • Wire coat hanger

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Instructions

    Making the Butterfly Body

  1. 1

    Draw the wing of a butterfly on a piece of paper. The size and shape of the wing will depend on how you want your butterfly to look.

  2. 2

    Cut out the wing to use as a template.

  3. 3

    Place the wing template onto the report cover, making sure to line it up so that the straight edge of the template is flush with the fold of the report cover.

  4. 4

    Trace around the template and cut out the half butterfly shape.

  5. 5

    Unfold the cutout and you will have an entire butterfly body.

  6. 6

    Repeat the same process seven more times, making a total of eight butterflies for your mobile.

  7. 7

    Use the leftover translucent report cover pieces or construction paper and cut out 32 small circles. Glue 2 circles on each butterfly wing.

    Finishing and Attaching the Butterflies

  1. 1

    Fold a pipe cleaner in half and slip the butterfly between the pipe cleaners, making sure the pipe cleaners are over the center of the butterfly at the fold line. The 2 long ends should be at the head of the butterfly.

  2. 2

    Make a twist in the pipe cleaner at the end of the butterfly to secure it around the body.

  3. 3

    Shape the ends of the pipe cleaner into the butterfly's antennae.

  4. 4

    Wrap a wire around the pipe cleaner at the spot where it is twisted.

  5. 5

    Tie fishing line to the center of the wire making the lines different lengths. Repeat the process with each of the butterflies.

  6. 6

    Bend the wire coat hanger into the shape of a figure-8.

  7. 7

    Attach the lengths of fishing line with the butterflies attached to the wire coat hanger and suspend it from a hook in the ceiling.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to make the butterflies, buy them ready-made at a craft store.
  • You can make the butterflies out of construction paper and color them using crayons or markers.
  • If you are going to hang the mobile in a baby or child's room, hang it out of reach.

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