Mod Mobile

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Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages preschooler

Kids just seem to love hanging lots of things from the ceiling, but making lots of holes in the wallboard is a prospect no parent relishes. This homemade mobile offers the perfect compromise. Suspended from a single hook, it features nine dangling objects attached with pinch clips that make it a cinch to exchange items whenever the mood strikes.

What you'll need

  • 1 5-inch-wide wooden embroidery hoop
  • 1 10-inch-wide wooden embroidery hoop
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)
  • Fishing line
  • 9 plastic-coated pinch clips
  • Assorted small toys

How to make it

  1. Separate the inner and outer circles of two embroidery hoops and paint them, if desired.

  2. Once the paint dries, tie three 18-inch lengths of fishing line to the inner circle of the smaller hoop, spacing them equally apart.

  3. Tie a pinch clip to the bottom of each length, then reattach the outer circle of the hoop. Similarly, attach six 2-foot lengths of fishing line and pinch clips to the larger hoop.

  4. Next, tie the ends of two equal-length pieces of line to the smaller hoop so that the ends are evenly spaced apart. Gather the midpoints of both lines and hang the hoop from the ceiling.

  5. With 10-inch lengths, hang the larger hoop from the smaller one so that the two are about 6 inches apart, and the clips hanging from the top one fall through the center of the bottom one.

  6. Now help your child clip on toys, arranging them in a way that balances the weight.

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