This mobile is awesome. Pictures don’t do it justice. It spins and spins and spins. Mason is mesmerized by it. Hopefully, B will be the same way mesmerized right to sleep 🙂
The idea for the mobile came from Anything Pretty which utilized this pattern from Heather Bailey. One change I made is adding a smaller size – 2/3 of the original – to make less waste and get multiple out of a 12×12 scrapbooking sheet.
Cut out pattern(s). I glued them to a cereal box to make them thicker and easier to trace
- Trace and cut out 2 patterns for each pinwheel. This part takes a while. Luckily Mason helped 🙂
- Punch the holes in the spokes.
- Glue 2 cutouts together in the center adding an eyelet.
- Gather the spokes and secure with a small brad. This is the hardest part and requires more the two hands/ten fingers. I found it helpful the separate the brad wings a little bit before gathering the spokes.
Assembling the mobile –
Materials: dowels painted silver, fishing line, and super glue….and lots of patience
A bead at the end of the fishing line keeps the pinwheel on the line while still allowing it to spin. A small dab of glue will help keep the fishing line from sliding on the dowel which would result in a crooked mobile. [It’s all about static equilibrium and torque. I have my students make mobiles and show calculations on where to attach the fulcrums, etc. I didn’t do any calculations…but they don’t need to know that.]
I love this thing. It’s sassy and hopefully will make baby happy.