Mobiles are a must-have, do-it-yourself home decor item for nurseries and children's rooms. Use homemade paper bird mobiles to decorate the rooms of boys or girls and bring the beauty of the natural world indoors. Paper bird mobiles require minimal artistic skills, allowing for even young children to assist in the creation of their mobile. Paper birds can be made in countess styles and shades, allowing for this mobile to easily blend in with any style of home decor.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Small branches
- Fishing line
- Decorative papers
- Ceiling hook
Tie a piece of fishing line onto either end of a small branch. Tie the other ends of the fishing line onto a second branch, suspending it beneath the first branch at your desired height. Depending on how far you want your mobile to hang down, continue adding tiers of branches until it has reached your desired overall size.
Glue two pieces of decorative paper together with the decorative sides facing out. This will ensure that your paper birds have colour and patterns on both their tops and undersides. If your decorative paper is printed on both sides, you can skip this step.
Draw a bird pattern on the decorative papers. Begin by drawing a large diamond the approximate size you want the finished birds in your mobile to be. On the top point of the diamond, draw an isosceles triangle pointing out of the diamond shape and creating the head of your bird. The flat, bottom edge of the triangle should be inside the diamond shape with the top point protruding out of the diamond. Draw a second isosceles triangle at the bottom tip of the diamond with the flat bottom edge protruding out of the diamond and the top point situated inside the diamond shape, creating a tail for the bird. Cut along the outer edge of the bird, incorporating the head, diamond and tail into one solid bird shape.
Fold the right point of the diamond shape over to meet the left point of the diamond shape, and crease the fold down the centre of the paper bird. Unfold the paper bird.
Hold a pencil under the right corner of the diamond bird shape. Roll the right corner of the diamond down and around the pencil. Hold the paper around the pencil firmly for 30 seconds, causing the rightwing of the bird to permanently curl under slightly, giving the bird more shape. Remove the pencil. Repeat on the left corner of the diamond bird shape, causing the leftwing to permanently curl under slightly.
Thread a piece of fishing line onto the needle. Poke the needle through the centre of the paper bird on the crease. Tie the fishing line securely in a knot on the underside of the bird. Tie the other end of the fishing line around one of the mobile branches, suspending the bird from the branch.
Continue creating and adding birds to the mobile until you have reached your desired number of birds within the mobile flock.
Screw a hook into the ceiling where you wish to hang your mobile. Tie a final piece of fishing line between the ceiling hook and the top branch of your flying bird mobile to hang it in place. A breeze from an open window or fan will cause the birds' bodies and wings to "fly" and bob up and down slightly.
Tips and warnings
- Try creating other styles of mobiles to match the decor of your child's room, such as underwater-themed mobiles, zoo animals or butterflies. Use reflective decorative papers in your mobile design to grab the attention of small infants. Use thin elastic cord instead of fishing line to give the mobile more bouncing action.
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