Kids Crafts: Make a Bat Mobile!

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

 

Lately we’ve been in to making things that hang from the ceiling in mobile form. We actually thought of this ‘bat mobile’ idea in later summer, so it’s been hanging in our dining area since the beginning of August…I’m sure the owners of my apartment building wondered what was up when they cleaned my carpet that month 😀

We don’t mind if the neighbors think we’re a little ‘batty’…we had lots of fun making our bat mobile!

So here’s the supplies and step-by-step lowdown on how to make your very own bat mobile.

Supplies:

  • Black Felt. We used the kind with sparkles in it, because we like things that sparkle, but plain black works, too.
  • Raffia or twine to tie your tiers of bats together.
  • Thread or fishing line to tie you bats to your mobile
  • 3 sticks about the same length to use as the tiers and to tie the bats to.
  • A scissors to cut with.
  • A hole punch for punching a nice hole in the felt.

Instructions:

Step 1: Draw a pattern for your bat. You can make your bat any style you want.

Step 2: Cut out your pattern and pin it to your felt.

Step 3: Cut out your bat.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 – 3 until you have 7 bats cut out.

Step 5: Punch a hole in the head of each of your bats to tie the thread to.

Step 6: Layout your sticks and bats on a flat surface in the pattern you want your final mobile to look like.

Step 7: Measure and cut your thread pieces so they are two times as long as you will need them.

Step 8: Thread your thread pieces through the punched out holes on your bats and tie them to your sticks as you have them layed out.

Step 9: measure out 4 pieces of your raffia or twine so they measure the correct length between each stick tier.  Make sure to leave extra for tying, about 3 or so inches extra is our recommendation.

Step 10: Tie your raffia onto each tier, connecting it to the one above. Do your best to keep the raffia lengths the same so your mobile will hang level.

Step 11: cut a piece of twine or raffia about 10 inches long to use for the hanger. Tie it on the top tier so that it forms an inverse ‘v’ shape (see pic to the right).

Step 12: Hang up and enjoy!

Happy Family Crafting Everyone!

P.S. If you do make a bat mobile (or any Halloween-y craft) Make sure to share a pic at our Show and Tell so we can share it with everyone!

2 Comments For This Post

  1. CrochetHappy Says:

    Please join my Halloween Link Drive with your Bat Mobile!

    http://www.crochethappy.com/halloween-link-drive-2012.html

  2. the Mom Says:

    CrochetHappy – heading over there right now 😀 Glad you like it!

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