Leaf mobile – tiered

January 3, 2018

So simple and so effective – all you need is a piece of string and some natural materials.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: autumn, leaf, leaves, mobile, natural materials

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Once you have your first collection or section threaded tie another stick onto the string – a clove hitch is good here, but anyhow you want to do it is fine.

Step 3

Start threading your second layer.

How and what you thread is entirely up to you.

Step 4

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.