The Wee One and I had some mobile art fun this week! We are both bird fans (which you no doubt guessed long ago) and wanted to make something new. He loves to watercolor, and I wanted to do something different, so we ended up creating a mobile. Although this was a kid craft for us, it could also be a just adult art project. Make a bunch of birds, make one, whatever. Alter the project so it fits you! Here’s what we did; use it as a jumping off point.
- watercolor paper
- watercolors and brushes
- bird pattern
- painter’s tape
- hole punch
- scissors and/or x-acto knife
Start by printing out the pattern and tracing the shapes onto your watercolor paper with pencil. If you want to add details (like an eye or feathers), add those with crayons now. If you want to make sure your paper stays flat, tape it down on all four sides. (We didn’t.) Then paint your paper. Make sure you paint all of your forms, plus some extra empty space on your paper so you can cut out some random shapes. If you want to add the look of texture, sprinkle a little salt on your wet paint and let it dry. Once it is dry, brush the salt off into the garbage. The kiddo can do all of the painting steps and salt sprinkling steps.
After the one side is dry, paint the other side of your paper, too. This makes it so your bird is pretty on both sides and helps keep your paper from curling. Let dry.
Cut out your shapes. Cut on the cut lines in the bird body for inserting the wing and tail feathers. (Grown-ups only for x-acto knife time!) Insert the wings and tail feather. Let your kiddo cut out squares, stars, or other shapes from the extra painted paper. These will be fun dangly things for the mobile.
Punch one hole in the top of the bird and three holes in the bottom. Punch holes in your random shapes. Then use your twine to tie shapes on and to make a hanger for the bird.
It looks so much nicer in person!