Make a Mobile: 12 Cool Designs to Press Out and Hang by Lydia Crook

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Make a Mobile: 12 Cool Designs to Press Out and Hang by Lydia Crook

Category: Crafts
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: This book contains 12 beautiful paper mobiles to press out and hang. Ideal for a rainy day activity, or as a gift idea for friends and family.
Buy? Yes Borrow? No
Pages: 76 Date: May 2013
Publisher: Ivy Press
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1908005809

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Make a Mobile is a delightful crafting book crammed full of projects for parents and children to share. The book contains 12 unique designs that fit together beautifully and are surprisingly easy to make. The perforated pages allow the components of each mobile to be simply pushed out from the page without the need for nimble scissor skills.

Each project has its own theme, meaning there will be something in the book to suit everyone. There are bug-themed mobiles, a striking weather mobile, a space design featuring stars and planets and even a Christmas mobile. Each project has detailed instructions, including a rather handy picture of the finished item, which makes a very useful reference point!

Apart from the book itself, all that is needed is some thread or wool for attaching the components to the hanger, a ruler for measuring the length of the thread, some scissors and perhaps some sticky tape of your knotting skills are not up to scratch. I must admit I also found the sticky tape handy if we accidentally tore one of the pieces. The book gives detailed, step by step instructions which are very clear and easy to follow.

Each design is very different from the last and we were constantly surprised and amazed by the way the pieces fit together to make 3D images. The results were really impressive, and I especially enjoyed making the undersea-themed mobile which featured a centrepiece of a rather fancy looking octopus, complete with long, wiggly legs that splayed out in all directions. The ballet mobile was my daughter’s favourite, as the ballerinas spin and pirouette delicately when the mobile slowly turns. The pictures in the book are beautifully drawn and the resulting mobiles look surprisingly professional.

I was initially quite sceptical about the book, wondering whether a book containing just mobiles was a good idea. However, once I saw how unique and stunning the designs were, I realised that no two projects would be the same and that they would all require different skills to make. The mobiles would be perfect gifts for children to make for relatives, teachers and friends, so I am not too concerned about having a house full of paper creations.

Make a Mobile is a unique and rather special book and the projects were a lot of fun to make and share. Very young children would need help from an adult, but older children would be quite capable of making the mobiles by themselves. A lovely rainy day activity.

More enjoyable papercraft projects can be found in Paper Play by Lydia Crook

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