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What you will make:
Mobiles of ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, witches, bats and black cats make
great decorations for Halloween. Follow the instructions in this project
to make a quick and easy mobile using simple materials. After
completing this project, you will be able to make mobiles for any holiday
This is a fun Halloween project that also teaches kids about balance and
attention to detail. With a little help from adults or teenage
leaders, children will see how to balance the objects and levels of a
mobile by moving the supporting threads on the mobile rods (pipe
cleaners). Use this craft project to reinforce a lesson plan on
balancing points and counterweights.
Here's what you need:
- Black and orange construction paper
- Black thread and needle
- 12-inch pipe cleaners, black and orange
- Halloween cookie cutters or other Halloween shapes to trace
- Optional: Black marker, supplies for making
Mache Pulp Recipe
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Halloween Mobile
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Make Halloween Ornaments
Fold the construction paper in half and glue the two layers
together. Be sure to cover the back of one layer completely with
glue. Trace around a Halloween cookie cutter with a pencil on either
black or orange construction paper, and cut out the shape. Make three
or four ornaments to hang on your mobile. If you don't have a cookie
cutter, trace or draw a Halloween shape that is about 3" to 5"
in size. The patterns from Aunt Annie's
Halloween Suncatchers can be used.
For a more durable ornament, make paper mache shapes using the
cookie cutters and Aunt Annie's
Mache Pulp Recipe. You can also use Aunt Annie's
Halloween Suncatchers as objects to hang on your
mobile, or any lightweight object easily put into motion
with the movement of air.
- Step 2: Add Hangers
Using a needle and thread, add a loop of doubled thread to the
top of each ornament as a hanger. To do this, cut an 18" to 24"
length of black thread, double it and thread it through the eye of
the needle. Poke the needle through the top of the ornament, then
pull one end of the thread completely through to the other side. Tie
both ends together in a knot to form a loop. To hang properly,
some shapes will need to hung by two holes. For
example, a bat with wings raised should have a hanger go
through a hole on each wing.
Tip: For paper mache ornaments, carefully poke a
hole in the top of the ornament while the paper mache is still wet.
- Step 3: Mobile Rods
Bend each end of a pipe cleaner over a pencil to form a
loop. Leave a small gap in the loop. Repeat for each pipe cleaner.
- Step 4: Attach Ornaments
Hang one ornament from each end of a pipe cleaner by slipping
the thread hanger through the gap in the loop. Add a support
hanger to the pipe cleaner with a loop of doubled thread. Place this
hanger in the middle of the pipe cleaner and suspend the pipe
cleaner and ornaments from the loop. If the pipe cleaner isn't
balanced, move the hanger toward the end that dips down until you find
the balancing point.
- Step 5: Build Mobile
Attach another ornament to the end of a second pipe cleaner
and hang the first pipe cleaner with ornaments on the other end. Add
a hanger to the second pipe cleaner, adjusting its position toward
the heavier side to find
the balancing point. There you have it: a 2-level mobile. Hang it
from the ceiling or a light fixture. The mobile will move gracefully
in any air currents.
Make Bigger Mobiles: You can make bigger and more
complex mobiles using the same process. For example, in Step 5, instead of
hanging a single ornament from one end of the second pipe cleaner, hang another
pipe cleaner with two ornaments. Or build two 2-level mobiles and hang
them from another pipe cleaner. As your mobiles get larger you will need
to vary the lengths of the mobile rods (pipe cleaners) so that the
moving ornaments don't hit each other.