Seeing Stars Mobile
We like this mobile so much it is going to hang all summer long in our front window! Surprisingly easy to make, this mobile makes a great decoration for the Fourth of July or the summer. We used pre-cut stars available at most craft or woodworking stores, but crafters handy with a saw can cut their own star shapes from thin, lightweight wood. We used our Stars and Stripes Wreath as a hanger, but any wooden ring would work well. We used soft plastic cording for this project, but wire, ribbon, or yarn also would work well. For an extra touch, add some tiny bells to the mobile to turn it into a wind chime.
Stars and Stripes Wreath or 8 inch painted wooden ring
Drill with a 1/16 inch drill bit
One 3 1/2 inch wooden star
Nine 2 1/2 inch wooden stars
Eighteen 1 1/4 inch wooden stars
Dark red acrylic paint
Large paint brush
Navy blue acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Gold speckled plastic cording
Cover your work surface with newspaper and arrange your materials. Wearing safety glasses, carefully drill a small hole into the top point of the largest and medium stars. Then carefully drill a small hole into the center of the smallest stars. Using the red paint, paint one side of the largest star, one side and the edges of 3 of the medium stars, and one side and the edges of 6 of the smallest stars. Using the white paint, paint the edges of the largest star, one side and the edges of 3 of the medium stars, and one side and the edges of 6 of the smallest stars. Using the blue paint, paint one side and the edges of the remaining 3 medium stars, and one side and the edges of the remaining 6 smallest stars. Let all the paint dry thoroughly. Paint the unpainted side of the large star with the blue paint. Paint the unpainted sides of the medium and large stars with the red, white, and blue paints to match the painted sides. Let the paint dry thoroughly. You may need more than one coat to get a deep color and cover any imperfections in the wood. Let the paint dry thoroughly between coats according to the manufacturer's directions. Cut the cording into 10 assorted lengths, with each length being between 30 and 50 inches long. Cut an additional 24 inch long piece of cord for the hanger. Set aside the longest length of cord to be saved for the last star. Take one end of the cording and tie it to the wreath in between a heart and a star. Thread the other end of the cording through one of the holes in a small white star and tying it about 6 inches from the wreath. Thread the cording through a medium blue star and tie it about 10 inches from the white star. Thread the cording through a small red star, and tie it to the bottom of the cording. Repeat using two small hearts and one medium heart per length of cording until you have nine starry strands, varying the spacing of the stars. To the last length of cording tie the one large star at the very end. Tie the 24 inch piece of cording to one side of the wreath and then tie the other end to the opposite side to form a long loop for hanging. Hang the mobile in a place where the whole family can enjoy it, but where no one will run into it accidentally.
Project Developed and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico. Project Styled by Thomas Sico and Wen Zientek-Sico.