mobile craft is one of many recycled crafts I have on the website, and
is made from recycled materials.
The discs are
actually the lids from soup cans. This is a more complicated
craft, which takes some time, mostly because of all the painting involved for this particular design.
The efforit is well worth it, because the end result is really
beautiful, and it is a classy way to decorate for the Fourth of July.
The circles can be decorated and painted in any design you choose. Pastel fabrics or patterened scrapbook paper covering the discs would be a nice way to create a mobile for a baby's room, for example.
9 Soup can lids (I have a can
opener which leaves behind no sharp edges. If you don't have
one, you may want to sand the edges of the lid to smooth)
white, and blue acrylic paints
acrylic sealing spray or clear
protective top coat
18 gauge craft wire
craft wire (or similar small
red and blue 8 mM faceted beads
nose pliers (the small ones for
jewelry making are best)
white wire coat hanger
Strong white or black thread, or clear
Begin the patriotic mobile craft by painting the soup can
lids. Using the red, white, and blue acrylic paints, paint
each one to look like an American flag. Begin by painting one quarter
of the circle blue. Paint the stars on just using dots, which
can be done using the back of the paintbrush (just dip the back in
white paint and dab on). Paint on red and white stripes.
I found the my soup cans needed two coats, which took some
time. You also want to make sure you paint both sides of the
soup can lids.
2. Once the soup can lids are dry, give them a coat of clear
protective sealing spray, and allow to dry. Then, take each
lid and punch a hole near the top of each flag. You can do
this using a hammer and nail. Put something underneath the
soup can lid to protect your work surface.
Cut 9 pieces of the 18 gauge wire, each 5 inches long.
Thread each piece of wire into the hole at the top of the
flag. Add on a red bead. Using the needle nose
pliers, make a tiny loop at the end of the wire to keep the bead from
falling off. Then, make a curly decorative loop with the
wire. See the photos below for help.
4. At the other end of the wire, thread on a blue bead.
Make another tiny loop at the end of the wire to keep the
bead from falling off. Then, bend the length of the wire in a
decorative "S" shape. Again, refer to the photos below to see
how I did it, or use your own creativity.
Continue adding wires to all 9 soup can lids, until they are
To make the top of the patriotic mobile craft, I used a white
wire coat hanger. I cut the bottom straight part of the
hanger off, and then cut this length of wire in half. Put the
two wires together to form a cross, then use the thin wire (I used 32
gauge) to twist and wrap around the cross section to hold them
together. You can also use a touch of super glue.
Add a bead to the end of each wire end, and secure with some
Now it is time to put the patriotic mobile craft together.
Tie a length of strong thread or fishing line around the top
of each American flag, at the decorative wire loop. Attach
this to the mobile top cross by tying the thread of four flags to the
ends of each cross, near the decorative bead. Try to get them
all the same length. I made these shorter. Tie four
more flags, making them all the same length, but longer than
the first four, to the middle section of each cross wire.
Finally, the ninth flag can be the longest hanging from the
mobile, and can be attached from the center of the mobile cross.
Add a thread to the top of the cross for hanging.
To get the balance right, you can play with the placement of
the threads along the length of the wire cross until it is balanced.
This patriotic mobile craft makes a beautiful and unique decoration for
the summer. Enjoy!
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