Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Watercolor Mobiles.


We saw some circular spinning mobiles at a restaurant over the weekend, and the boys wanted to make some. So, today we did!


We started with watercolor paper - I traced circles on the paper - 3 circles per mobile. The boys then colored designs in white oil pastels in the circles, and painted over that with watercolors.


When dry, we cut out the circles, glued the edges of all 3 together to make a 3-D shape. I used paperclips to hold them together until the glue dried. The boys punched holes in the top and threaded yarn through the holes.


Then all we had to do was hang them! G spent half the day standing on a chair so he could spin them.

The boys like their watercolor mobiles - G and his spring flowers, and A with his monsters.

I have some bird prints from a vintage book that I want to color copy and use to make bird mobiles. I think that would look nice in our craft room window.

21 comments:

Tara said...

Great colors- and look at that happy face!

Poppy & Mei said...

Best thing ever!
Thanks for showing us how! Xxx

so NOT cool said...

What a great idea! While I am glad that my daughter is the age that she is, I sometimes wish that I could go back in time for a day or two, just to do little-kid projects with her. :0)

Michelle said...

Cool idea! I am going to do that with Athena this week. Thanks and thanks again. I get so many ideas from your blog.

Anet said...

Wonderful mobiles! I have a whole class of preschoolers who will love this, maybe for a mothers day gift. Your boys did a super job!!

Dawn said...

Those mobiles are so pretty. You always have the best ideas on your blog- I feel like I'm always copying you ;).

Emilie said...

very cool! I love how each boy's mobile is so different from the other's.

Ayla said...

another great idea from mom in madison! seriously girl, what would i do without you? :) you rock!

Teaching Handwork said...

great Idea! LOve it!!! I will do that with my kids this weekend

Wendy said...

quite beautiful.

tamlovesran said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing the directions. I'll save the idea to do with my youngest sometime soon.

Tammy

Saskia said...

wow, you always do such wonderful stuff!

Tammy said...

What a great idea! The mobiles look fabulous. I like the idea of making a bird one.

Stephanie said...

I just clicked over from one of your flickr comments...I'm a (near) Madison mom, too. :)

Did you see these at Roman Candle? I was there last Saturday with my daughter and loved the bird ones in their window...I wanted to make some, too. Yours turned out so cool.

Anyways, hi! It's fun to find another Madison blog.

live4evermom said...

I love this idea!

Mama Randa Morning Glory said...

oooh, we'll be trying this one!

amanda said...

Can I come over and play? Thanks so much for another great idea! I think flowers and monsters go together like peas and carrots :)

Beverly said...

Those are exactly the kinds of things I like decorating my house!

Michie said...

That's a cute idea - we might have to try it some time! Thanks for sharing!

mary said...

we are in need of a new spring mobile to replace our winter one and this seems just perfect. Thanks for the great idea.

jen said...

I love this idea! I can't wait to try with my girls! Thanks for the great post.