Kids Calder Mobile – Todd Oldham’s craft ideas for homemade gifts

Make Alexander Calder’s famous mobile.

by Todd Oldham | October 24, 2011

Alexander Calder was the king of mobiles. This center-hung mobile is a breeze to balance.

You will need:

  • Assorted colors of adhesive foam
  • 6 feet of string
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 wire hangers

  • Ask an adult to cut 2 hangers using wire cutters into 3 pieces each. 4 short and 2 long total.

  • Place two sheets of adhesive foam back to back. Cut through both layers of foam at the same time, making leaf-like oval shapes in various sizes. You’ll need a total of 12 pairs.

  • Remove the sticker from the back of the foam piece and lay a wire 1 1/2 inches in. Remove the sticker on the matching piece and stick the two together.

  • Match similar-sized foam shapes to the ends of each wire. Make a slight bend in the middle of each wire and stack them as shown.

  • Double-knot at the bottom of the wires, bend and trim. Tie knots around the wires every few inches, leaving 4 feet on the end for hanging. Adjust the balance by lightly bending the wires.

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