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How to Hang Mobiles From the Ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

A mobile is a kinetic or moving sculpture that hangs from a ceiling. A mobile moves by air currents passing through its separate parts. Mobile hanging methods can affect the movement of the mobile. Anchor your mobile sculpture to the ceiling, and watch how the mobile moves in the passing breeze and changes appearance.

Screw a "C" hook into the ceiling at the spot where you want to hang your mobile. Use an anchor if you are not screwing your hook into a ceiling beam.

Measure from the "C" hook down to the point you want the mobile top to hang. The mobile will have more movement with a longer hanging line.

Measure and cut a piece of clear fishing line the same length as the measurement from the hook to the desired top of the mobile.

Tie one end of the fishing line to the top of the mobile and the other end around the "C" hook in the ceiling.

Swing the mobile a few times to ensure that it will stay hung in place.

Measure from the metal acoustic ceiling tile tracks to how far down you want the mobile top to hang.

Measure and cut a piece of clear fishing line twice the length as the measurement from the ceiling to the desired top of the mobile.

Choose an acoustic ceiling tile track on which you will hang your mobile.

Push up on the acoustic ceiling tile on either side of the metal track, and thread the piece of fishing line over the track.

Tie the suspended fishing line to the top of your mobile. Spin the mobile around a few times to ensure that it is hung securely.

Things You'll Need

  • Screw-in C hooks
  • Clear fishing line
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.