How to Make a Mobile for a School Project

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Mobiles are a classic school project--assigned to students from preschool age all the way to high school. While the standard mobile is a wire clothes hanger with objects attached by string, there are endless creative options to make your mobile a one-of-a-kind school project that will stand out.

Things You'll Need

  • Base
  • Hook
  • String
  • Construction paper
  • Word processor
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn or string
  • Create a plan for the information your mobile will contain. For example, if you are designing a mobile on dinosaurs, decide how many facts and pictures you will display on your mobile. Locate any illustrations and write a rough draft of your information. Choosing a color scheme will also make your project look professional.

  • Design a base. The coat hanger is the classic base, but you can devise a creative base that suits your project. For example, if you are making a mobile about the pyramids of Egypt, create a paper pyramid to use as your base. For a mobile on Amelia Earhart, use a small airplane model. For a mobile on the fast food industry, use a large French fries container. Other items to use for any project are an empty paper towel tube, straws or small sticks.

  • Attach a hook or string to your base so it can be hung from the ceiling or other location.

  • Create background items that you will attach to your base. These will frame your information and illustrations. Instead of basic squares, try a creative shape that suits your topic--fruit shapes for a healthy foods project, fish for an ocean assignment and traces of hand prints for a mobile about Mother Theresa. See the Resources section for examples of actual mobiles.

  • Type all content using a word processor if possible. Otherwise, make sure your writing is neat.

  • Use scissors to cut the typed information and illustrations into a size that will fit the backgrounds you created. Cut straight lines.

  • Glue the information onto the backgrounds.

  • Use a hole punch to make a small hole at the top of each item.

  • Cut yarn, string or fishing line to attach your items to the base. Experiment with different lengths before permanently attaching to your mobile.

Tips & Warnings

  • These directions are general guidelines. Make sure to primarily follow any specific directions from your teacher.

References

  • Photo Credit Jeffrey Hamilton/Photodisc/Getty Images
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