I started off with wanting to make my daughter a mobile, and after much thought and consideration, I decided that I wanted to make her something that she wasn't going to grow too old for, but rather something she might grow bored of as she gets older. So this brought me to the idea of making her something thought would ignite her imagination and child-like wonder as well as be something that could be enjoyed by an adult.

I found a mobile similar to the one I was making that I could have ordered, but I liked mine much better. But it did give me an idea for how to improve upon my mobile while I worked on it. Here's the link to it:


Once finished, I enjoyed the project so much, as well as others I've shown, that I decided to share how to make this. Some of the pictures are from the mobile I made for my daughter, and some are from the one I made for a friend's slightly older daughter. 

To start off with, we're going to need supplies. 

Materials Needed
 - Paper (I used book pages from an old ruined book I had on hand)
 - Scissors
 - Hot Glue Gun + Hot Glue Sticks
 - Thread
 - Needle or Pin
 - Beads (or something else to weight down the string. I dissected a cheap broken bracelet I had on hand, as well as some earrings I made a while back and had sitting around.)
 - Sticks (I gathered mine from outside off the ground. You can use something else if you want.)
 - Hemp Twine (or something similar if you desire)
 - Food coloring + Spray bottle (or use alternative methods of coloring the paper)
 - Key chain ring

This took me about 9 hours total to complete. It should take you about the same. 

Step 1: Building the Frame

Now would be a good time to go out and gather some sticks to use, unless you're using something else. I used sticks because they were free and just sitting outside in the street. Now, mind you, I went out and got some fairly large sticks, some which I guess you could technically call branches. At the very least, you want four sticks that are 26 inches long, four sticks that are 22 inches long, and four sticks that are 18 inches long. If you want to make your mobile small, than that's fine, just collect sticks that are shorter or shorten the sticks down to the size you prefer them to be. I prefer the mobiles to be larger because it allows for a more realistic flock of butterflies. 

If your sticks aren't all the same length but close enough to be paired up, that's fine. I actually prefer it where some are longer. The sizes I gave are just general lengths from what I've measured from what I've made. 

Gather sticks, clean up and make sure they're acceptable for use.

Lay out the sticks in a square pattern with the ends overlapping. I suggest putting one end of one stick on top while the other stick is on the bottom. If you set up all four sticks in this pattern, it assists with structural integrity of the mobile. Do only the largest box at the moment. 

Now that you know how you're going to have the sticks laid out, its time to hot glue the sticks together at each point where they join. Work quickly to glue all the joints before the hot glue cools. Once you glue them all, let it sit for a minute or two. 

Once each joint is glued, go back and repeat step two with the next set of sticks. Make sure you glue that frame down onto the larger frame in an off kilter manner. Continue with this for the number of frames you're using. 

Now it's time to take the hemp twine and tie the joints together. Cut off about 12 inches of the hemp twine to use for each joint.

Pick a joint to start with. I preferred to start on the largest frame and work my way to the smallest frame. Start off with tying the hemp twine around the two sticks and knotting it with a simple double knot. Then wrap the hemp twine around the joint, do your best to make it as strong and stable as possible. Once you're finished wrapping all the hemp twine around the joint, you take the end of the twine and hot glue it in place. Make sure it sticks and remains tightly wrapped. Once the hot glue has cooled, release it. 

This took me about half an hour to complete. 
Great instructions. Thanks
I always wanted to make a butterfly mobile. yours turned out really cute, great work!
You're right, thank you! I hadn't realized I hadn't put one of the finished product.

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