Wooden Tree Mobile

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Wooden Tree Mobile
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages all-ages

"Hang" out with your kids this season while making a whimsical, twirling tree that adds holiday cheer wherever it's hung.

What you'll need

  • Coping or other small saw
  • Two 36-inch pieces, plus one 12-inch, piece of balsa wood with a 1/2-inch-square thickness (available at craft supply stores)
  • Drill or hand drill with a 1/8-inch bit
  • Acrylic paint in green, brown, and yellow
  • Small wooden star
  • 4 feet of plastic lacing or lanyard
  • 4 brown beads with a 1/8-inch-(or larger) diameter hole
  • 11 green beads with a 1/8-inch-(or larger) diameter hole
  • Wood glue

How to make it

  1. Wooden Tree Mobile - Step 1

    First, saw one of the 36-inch wooden strips (parents only) into 8 pieces, each 1 inch longer than the previous one: start with a 1-inch piece, then a 2-inch piece, and so on until you reach 8 inches.

  2. Saw the second 36-inch strip of wood into a 9-inch piece, a 10-inch piece, an 11-inch piece, and three 1 1/2-inch pieces. The remainder is scrap.

  3. Drill a hole through the center of each wood strip. Paint the three 1 1/2-inch pieces brown and paint all of the other wood strips, including the 12-inch strip, green. Paint the wooden star yellow and let all of the paint dry (about 15 minutes).

  4. Knot one end of the plastic lace, then alternately string on the beads and the wooden strips as shown. Finally, glue the star to the top strip, let it dry, then hang the tree where it can spin freely.

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