How to Craft a Bird Mobile

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How to Craft a Bird Mobile
These large wooden mobiles may be hard to make; a simple paper mobile is not. (wall hanging image by kastock from Fotolia.com)

Mobiles are beautiful decorations, and are especially suited to children's rooms and above cots to entertain little babies. Crafting a bird mobile is relatively simple and doesn't require a huge amount of artistic ability; if you can cut out a basic bird shape with scissors, you'll be fine. Handmade bird mobiles also make special gifts for new babies, on birthdays or for other celebrations like Christmas or Easter; you can, of course, just whip one up for your own enjoyment.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardstock, various colours
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • 1/4-inch dowel
  • Handsaw
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw two different bird shapes on the cardstock. Use different coloured cardstock if desired. Cut out these shapes, and create two more birds using the cutouts as templates. You should have four birds. If you want to add details to the birds, cut out smaller pieces of contrasting cardstock to stick onto the birds for beaks, eyes or feather details.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of dowel about 12-inches long. Make five equally spaced notches along one side of the dowel using the utility knife. Tie a length of thread about 36-inches long to each notch. Put a smear of hot glue on each knot to secure it.

  3. 3

    Put the centre string so that it is upward, in the opposite direction of the other threads---this is for hanging the mobile. Make a small pinhole in the top of each bird cutout.

  4. 4

    Tie a bird loosely onto a hanging thread through the pinhole. Repeat with the remaining birds and threads, tying them at alternating heights.

  5. 5

    Pick the middle thread up so that your mobile is in the air. Check how the birds are hanging. Adjust the heights of the birds as necessary to achieve a balanced and pleasing arrangement. Tie the knots on the birds tightly when you're happy with the design. Cut off any remaining tails of thread.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use thin balsa wood instead of cardstock for a heavier bird mobile. Use paint to decorate it.

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