color mobile


This is the rainbow mobile I made this week for our mudroom/play space. It is made from a wooden dowel, some wooden discs, fabric, thread and paint. Both Chick and Mouse are drawn to the colors and love to watch it spin and move with the breeze. I'm captivated by the dull clink, clink sound it makes when the painted discs gently bump into each other.

How to:

1. Cut a skinny wooden dowel (bought at craft store) to size, cover with a thin coat of craft glue, and wrap a narrow piece of fabric around it. Let dry.

2. Paint each of the wooden discs a different color. If you choose to make your own circles out of a cereal box, then after the paint is applied and dried, coat them with Mod Podge to make them hard and sturdy.

3. Drill or punch (if made out of a cereal box) a small hole in the top of each disc.

4. Tie some thread onto each disc and then tie the tops of the thread to the dowel. Tie a piece of yarn to the dowel and hang.

I'm in the middle of making one that has some natural linen fabric covering the dowel and multiple shades of turquoise discs. I'm thinking that this will be a nice way to teach Chick about how to create and appreciate different shades of the same color. I've also been thinking that it would be nifty to use wire bent into a circle or a found twig instead of the dowel. I'm going to use a twig when I make one for my soon to be born nephew's bedroom.

xo e

22 comments:

  1. Just beautiful and so elegant!

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  2. It's simplicity is beautiful. I think I will try and make two, one for inside and one for outside.

    I love your ideas, thank you for sharing them.

    Christie
    http://childhood101.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love this - what a great summer craft! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I can't wait to try this with my daughter! :-)

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  4. Super cute & elegantly simple - thanks for the idea = )

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  5. Wow, this is really a treat to look at. I am going to have my grandkids make some of these for Christmas presents for their parents.

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  6. Hi Emily

    I just found your blog through Craftzine. I really like what you are doing. Keep it up, you are very talented and creative.

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  7. This is sooo cute, we linked you:
    http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com/2009/07/double-shot.html

    Peace to you!

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  8. Gorgeous! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. oh I just love it!! thank you for the suggestion about using mod podge and cardboard too!

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  10. i just felt your soon-to-be born nephew do a little flip in the womb, he's so excited. he is a lucky little boy to have such a special auntie. love the mobile. so so cute....
    xo,
    t

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  11. Well if I came by more often I would have known to look for this in the playroom -- instead I got to come upon it by chance and love it spontaneously. Lucky me!

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  12. This is posting tomorrow - I'm so excited! Thank you for being my project of the week.

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  13. Did you get your wooden circles at the craft store? I'm working on a mobile and I think circles are just the ticket.

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  14. Hi! I loved doing this project, it was super fun. I took a twist on it and turned it into a "Welcome" sign for my front door! You can see it here on my blog: http://nerdgoddesswriter.blogspot.com/2009/09/in-which-i-craft-more-than-i-study.html

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  16. This is a great blog with excellent posts and links.
    thank you for sharing this useful information.

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  18. You are so generous! I just love finding beautiful and artistic freebies like this. They really brighten up my day, thank you!

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  20. There is a classic Montessori Mobile called Gobbi, which is similar and grades one color from dark to light. Look it up, I bet you'd love it!

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