Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds
What you will make:
Mobiles make terrific decorations and give a sense of calm and ease as
they slowly move in air currents. In this project, see how to use
floral wire to make a mobile of easy-to-fold
Origami Flying Birds. The craft also includes instructions for making a fish
mobile and suggestions for other mobile themes.
This is a great project for children and adults to do together, and it also teaches
the kids about balance and
attention to detail. With a little help from an adult or teenager, children will
learn how to balance the mobile by moving the supporting threads on the mobile rods (floral
Related craft: You can also use pipe cleaners
(chenille stems) to make mobiles. See how in the
Halloween Mobile craft project.
Here's what you need:
- 18" of cloth-covered floral wire, 18 gauge
- Needle-nose or round-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- String or invisible thread
- Needle and thread or tape
- 4" (10 cm) square origami paper in two or more colors (see
Origami Flying Birds craft)
- Optional: White glue (PVA)
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make a Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Birds
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
making the mobile. If you are doing this craft with
a group, you may want to make the
Origami Flying Birds in advance—perhaps split the
craft into two sessions.
- Step 2: Fold Birds
Follow the instructions in the
Origami Flying Birds craft project to make four
flying birds. Fold the birds from colorful paper in two or more
Tip: Make a fish mobile using the fish in
craft project. Make four fish in two or more colors.
- Step 3: Add Hangers
Using a needle and thread, add a loop of thread to the top of
each bird through the center crease. To do this, cut an 6" to 8"
length of white thread, and thread it through the eye of the
needle. Poke the needle through the center crease just in front
of where the two center creases meet. Pull one end of the thread
completely through to the other side. Tie both ends together in
a knot to form a loop.
Check to see that the bird hangs properly when suspended from
the hanger. If the bird tips too far forward or backward, remove
the hanger and try again, punching the hole in a new location. If
the bird tips forward, move the hole for the hanger forward. If
the bird tips backward, the new hole needs to be farther back.
Tip: If you are making a fish mobile, thread
the hanger through a small hole punched in the fish nose or in
the top fin, depending upon whether you want the fish hanging
vertically or horizontally.
- Step 4: Mobile Rods
Cut two 9" lengths of cloth-covered floral stem wire to make two
mobile rods. Cutting an
18" floral stem in half works well. You can also use spooled floral
wire if it is heavy (about 18 gauge) and cloth-covered.
Use your needle-nose or round-nose pliers to form a small loop in each end of
the floral wire. Leave a small gap in the loop. Repeat for the other
- Step 5: Build Mobile
Hang one mobile rod from the other with a doubled 8" to 12"
length of string or thread. Hold the upper rod in one hand and
adjust the hanger so that the lower rod is balanced. Tip:
Move the hanger toward the end that dips down until you find
the balancing point.
Cut a length of string to use as a hanger for the mobile. Double
the string and tie the tails together in a knot. To attach the
hanger to the upper rod, lay the loop over the center of the rod and
thread the tail under the rod and up through the loop. Pull tight and check the balance
by hanging the mobile from the hanger.
Tip: At this point, you may want to secure the
hangers by applying a drop of white glue (PVA) to where the hangers
and rods meet. Let the glue dry.
- Step 6: Attach Birds
Hang one bird from each end of the mobile rods by slipping the
thread hanger through the gap in the loop. Have a friend help by
steadying the mobile as you add the birds.
Tip: The mobiles can be made with any theme you
like. Use cutouts from the Internet or magazines, make some
create a few
3D Paper Fish, repurpose another craft like
Cardstock Animal Bookmarks, or
attach lightweight holiday decorations like the
Miniature Christmas Tree Ornament or
Snowman and Angel Suncatcher Ornaments.
That's it! Your mobile is complete!
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