How to Make a Halloween Mobile
This is a craft for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Older children may want to put their creative twist on it and add more details and decorations to the objects. Younger children may need assistance cutting out the shapes and assembling the mobile. Making a mobile is fun and can be used as a party decoration, home decoration, or given as a gift to a grandparent or other relative. The following will show a mobile with jack-o-lanterns, witches hats, and ghosts, but you can add other Halloween objects or simply stick to ghosts.
What You Will Need for a Halloween Mobile
Items will vary based on what you want your final mobile to look like, but here are some starting suggestions:
- Craft Foam (Black, Green, Brown, White, and Orange)
- Googly Eyes
- Foam Glue
- Twine, Fishing Line, or other String
- Wire Hanger
- Wire Cutters
- Ball Point Pen
How to Make the Pumpkins
Step 1: On the orange craft foam draw or trace a pumpkin shape using the ball point pen.
NOTE: You can freehand the pumpkin shapes or use a cookie cutter to trace the shape.
Step 2: Cut out the pumpkin.
Step 3: Use the black craft foam to create jack-o-lantern eyes, noses, and mouths to decorate each pumpkin.
Variation: You can simply make pumpkins if you do not want to make the jack-o-lanterns.
Step 4: Glue on the face using the Foam Glue. Foam Glue is a special glue that adheres to the foam. It works better for this type of project than normal school glue. You can purchase foam glue from Meijer, Walmart or from online resources for around $3.
Step 5: Cut out a leaf for each of the pumpkins using the green craft foam. You can get more creative and cut out vines and a brown pumpkin stem.
Step 6: Glue on the leaf and/or stem.
How to Make the Witches Hat
Step 7: Draw a circle with a 4″ diameter.
NOTE: Use a large cup to make a perfect circle.
Step 8: Fold the circle in half and cut down the middle.
Step 9: Take one half of the circle and create a cone out of as shown.
Step 10: Staple the cone in place.
Step 11: Cut out a second circle half the diameter (the radius) of the first circle. For the one shown, a 4″ circle was used, so the second circle is 2″ in diameter.
Step 12: Fold the smaller circle in half and cut out the center (for this it was slightly smaller than one inch).
Step 13: Cut small slits (about 1/8″)around the interior of the circle.
Step 14: Slide the smaller circle over the cone and flatten to create the brim of the witches hat.
How to Make the Ghost
Step 15: Using the ball point pen draw several ghost shapes on the white craft foam each 3 to 4 inches tall.
Step 16: Cut out the ghost.
Step 17: Using the Foam Glue, glue the googly eyes to the ghost.
Step 18: Cut out a small mouth for each ghost using black craft foam or simply color an area on the ghost using a fine tipped marker or black ball point pen.
How to Make a Halloween Mobile
After creating each object to dangle from your mobile you will need to create ring to hold all of them. If you don’t have wire cutters or pliers you can simply use the wire hanger as is.
Step 19: Cut off the top of the wire hanger and form the hanger into a circle.
NOTE: Twist the ends of the hanger around the rest of the wire using the pliers.
Step 20: Use fishing line to hang up the ghost.
NOTE: A thick needle works the best to pierce each object without tearing it up.
Step 21: Thread each object with a string and tie it around the metal hanger ring.
Step 22: Cut as many pieces needed of twine in various lengths to hang up the witches hats (one piece per hat).
Step 23: Tie a knot in the end of each piece of twine.
Step 24: Use twine to hang up the witches hats. Simply thread the twine through the small hole at the tip of the cone starting from the inside of the hat and going up with the knot at the bottom of the twine.
Step 26: Color several pieces of twine green to resemble pumpkin vines.
Step 27: Attach the twin vines to the stem of each pumpkin and tie to the wire loop.
Allow each item to dangle from the loop and adjust length as necessary before trimming the ends of the strings. After attaching all the items you can decorate the loop with ribbon. For this project we used green ribbon to create a loop to hang up the mobile. The project is finished. You can hang it in a front hallway in front of a window or from the ceiling to add Halloween spirit in any room.
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