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Birthday Mobile by Katie Hacker


Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Birthdays and Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Time needed for project:
2 hours – allow for drying time

Main Materials:
Styrofoam™ 18x2” flat foam wreath
Elmer’s® Tacky Glue
Elmer’s® Glitter Glue: red, yellow and gold
Elmer’s® Project Popperz® ColorSticks™: red, yellow and blue
Elmer’s® red/blue dotted masking tape
Elmer’s® foam board shapes (stars, ballons, cakes, etc.)
Red self-adhesive glitter craft foam
Pepperell® white giant chenille stem
Pepperell® three yellow standard chenille stems

Basic Materials:
5/8” grosgrain ribbon: red, white, blue
1/8” blue/white polka dot ribbon
3 paintbrushes
Hole punch
Pinking shears
Craft mat



  1. Use a tempera paint pen to make a thick outline on one of the foam board shapes. Let it dry.
  2. Use a paintbrush to brush glitter glue inside the outline on the foam board shape. Let it dry.
  3. Punch a hole in the foam board shape.
  4. Pass the end of a yellow chenille stem through the hole on the foam board shape and coil it around the stem above the shape to make a hanger.
  5. Coil the stem around the paintbrush handle 2-3 times and bend the end in a right angle..
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 for all of the birthday shapes.
  7. Mark, measure and cut three pieces of craft foam that are 1-7/8x12” long and and one piece that is 1-7/8x1-1/2”long.
  8. Use pinking shears to cut four grosgrain ribbons and four polka dot ribbons that are 11-12” long.
  9. Remove the backing from one long pieces of glitter craft foam and attach the ribbons to the back in an alternating pattern.
  10. Attach the craft foam to the edge of the wreath.
  11. Repeat Steps 8-9 for the remaining long pieces of craft foam and continue the pattern with the short piece of craft foam.
  12. Cut the white chenille stem to 20” long.
  13. Fold it in half and twist the center to make a hanging loop.
  14. Bend the ends in right angles.
  15. Use the paintbrush handle to make holes on opposite sides of the top of the wreath.
  16. Dip the ends of the white chenille stem in glue and press them into the holes on the wreath. Let it dry.
  17. Press and glue the yellow chenille stem hangers evenly spaced on the inside surface of the wreath.


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