This mobile is a great way to bring some mid-century modern into your home for less than a buck. Yep! I said a buck. In fact, if you work from materials in your stash, or your recycling bin, your only expense will be the two pennies you use to weigh the mobiles down. I used two main colors for the two sides of the mobile, plus a couple accent colors , so when the mobile hangs freely in the air, the pieces rotate gently and the look of the mobile constantly changes.

This mobile is inspired by this print by artist Jenn Ski, and I created this project with her permission. Because this design is based on another artist's work, please do not use these instructions to sell similar items.

Step 1: Materials

Using an electronic cutter, I was able to make this mobile in about an hour, from making the shapes on my illustration program, to cutting them, to assembling the mobile.

But don't worry if you don't have an electronic cutter. You can do this project without one. You can even do it without a printer. I'll tell you how to do it no matter what tools you have at your disposal.

But first, the

Project Materials:
  • 2-4 pieces of 12x12" card stock, $.50 each
  • (OR) recycled cardboard like cereal boxes, on hand
  • Page of text, (like newspaper, love letter, book page, etc.) on hand
  • Fishing line or thread, on hand
  • 2 pennies, $.02
  • Craft glue, on hand
  • Clear tape, on hand
  • Scissors, X-acto knife, or electronic cutting machine, on hand
  • (optional) Computer printer
  • (optional) 2 rings (like binder rings) for mounting, $1

Total: $.02 to $3.02
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Thank you!! That is so cool!
Inexpensive and chic, I love it! <br />I especially like the part of the mobile that has an opening and shape inside.
Thanks!! I have to give full credit to Jenn Ski's awesome design.
How awesome and simple! And it has a great mod look!
It has to be one of my favorite decorations in the house!

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