Leaf mobile – tiered
So simple and so effective – all you need is a piece of string and some natural materials.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: art & creating sustainability & nature
Head out on a nature-collecting hunt, looking for items you would like to add to your mobile.
If necessary drill some items ready for threading.
Make a needle by finding a very thin stick – how to do this is covered in more detail in leaf threading.
Alternatively Sellotape one end of a piece of string tightly to make it rigid or use large plastic threading needles.
Cut some nice long lengths of string.
Thread your needle at one end of the string and tie a stick to the other end, leaving a good length up to the needle.
Start threading your natural hoard, letting each item slip down the string and stack up on the stick.
Start threading your second layer.
How and what you thread is entirely up to you.
Add another stick for a third layer and prepare to add your last embellishments.
Take it further
It’s really important once you are happy with your mobile to do a little dance of celebration.
Make a massive mobile by finding a couple of large sticks and connecting all the mobiles to them. Then hang them in the trees or indoors.