How Can I Make a Simple Mobile for a School Project?

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How Can I Make a Simple Mobile for a School Project?
Make a simple bird mobile for a class project. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A mobile is considered kinetic art, meaning art that has moving parts. American artist Alexander Calder was the inventor of mobiles. His free-flowing, hanging art form is not only beautiful in a museum, but is also a fun and simple class project. A mobile consists of a frame and hanging objects. The objects can be in any theme, from science to history.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 sticks
  • White paint
  • Wire
  • Multiple colours of felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find two sticks and cut each one with garden shears to be 2 feet long. Paint the sticks white. Allow the paint to dry. Form an "X" with the sticks, and wire them together using 6 inches of wire.

  2. 2

    Research a local bird species to use as your shape. Print a picture of a bird, or cut one out of a magazine.

  3. 3

    Trace the bird shape and a draw a wing shape onto 16 multicoloured pieces of felt. Cut out all the birds and wings.

  4. 4

    Glue two bird shapes together with fabric glue, matching the shapes as mirror images. Glue a wing to the middle of both sides of the bird. Allow birds to dry.

  5. 5

    Punch a hole in the top of the birds with a hole punch. Thread yarn of various lengths, such as 10 inches, 12 inches and 14 inches, through the birds and tie a knot. Tie the other end of the yarn to the middles and ends of the sticks.

  6. 6

    Tie a 16 inch piece of yarn to the centre of the "X" to hang the mobile.

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