Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIY Modern mobile

This post is updated on 06/28/2020

While I was thinking through some different and inexpensive ways to decorate the ceiling above my craft table, I came up with this idea of modern mobile using straws. This mobile can be made in various sizes and shapes. Is there anybody at your home who loves mathematics ?? They will surely love this. And, yes my husband loves Mathematics and he loved this. Now to the DIY.

A mobile made of straws hanging from the ceiling

Materials :
Colorful straws 
Sewing thread
Clear tape
Isn't it very simple supplies you need to make this ?? You might already have these at home. What are you waiting for ?? Let's start creating!!

Step 1: My straws had that expandable thing in it, so I cut it and used the rest of the length as such. If you are using coffee stirrer you can use it as it is. Thread 3 straws and make a triangle. Tie a simple knot and leave a short length of thread for later and have a long length of thread to continue. Thread 2 or more straws and make another triangle. This time you need not knot but just slip the thread in and take it out at the corner. It is done to retain the triangle shape. Repeat threading 2 straws at a time making 5 triangles.

Step 2: Thread one straw after the 5 triangles and join the end of the straw with the first triangle where you left a short length of thread. (Missed some photos while copying so I have shown a rough picture)

Step 3: Now you will have two triangles at each end with a pyramid base. Take a short length of thread and join the 2 triangles with a simple knot. Voila!Your base geometric shape is ready.

To make a longer pyramid at the top and shorter at the bottom, you will need 4 straws of longer length and others with a shorter length.(You should make the triangles as shown below before connecting them to form the structure).

You can keep the large one as a base in the middle and make smaller ones with different sizes and colors and connect them at different places with a piece of thread.

How interesting is this modern mobile? You can just hang it with a clear tape in the ceiling.Below are the various angle views of a modern mobile. It brings so much color into my working space and it so nice to watch it rotating slowly in the air. If you make this, will you make it colorful or in single color?? Even just plain gold ones will look good. 

I hope you enjoy making this. Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.
Have fun crafting!!!

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  1. What a cute idea and so easy and simple to make. It almost looks like the mobile is painted on the photo instead of in the photo because of the bright neon colors. Lol!

  2. This is so cool! Love the bright colors you used. Would you please, please come share it with us at The Makers link party over on my blog? :)

  3. Thread 3 straws and make a triangle.Tie a simple knot and leave a short length of thread for later and have a long length of thread to continue .

  4. Very cool project! I love this idea:)

  5. This mobile does look like the perfect thing for a mathematician! Wow, I am continually amazed at the ideas you create. Thank you for sharing your craft at the #HomeMattersParty

  6. What a bright and colorfully creative Mobile! With geometric shapes so popular in home decor , this is sure to be a hit! Tanks for sharing it with us @ #HomeMattersParty

  7. Love the colors of this mobile. They make it so cheery. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty :)

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