DIY toy

Butterfly Mobile Tutorial

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Hi guys, Shannon here, back with another project to try at home!


This month in the Lab, we’re learning all about bugs. To kick things off, I designed a project inspired by my favorite butterfly - the Blue Morpho. This project doubles as a learning toy and kinetic sculpture! So here goes - the Blue Morpho butterfly mobile.




MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Butterfly Mobile Template

  • Pencil, scissors

  • stiff material (I recommend cardboard, stiff felt or craft foam. Thin wood would also look nice if you have a scroll saw to make fine cuts)

  • Sharpies and Kwik Stix tempera paint (alternatively, paint, colored pencils or markers could work)

  • Hemp or twine

  • awl or hole punch

  • (optional) wooden bead, wooden dowel

HOW TO:

Step 1: Cut out the template. Trace onto your stiff material of choice. (I used cardboard and cut using a scroll saw). Following the original template, mark where holes will go.

Step 2: Color. (I used a combination of Sharpies and Kwik Stix tempera paints to get a blended look)

Step 3: Using an awl or hole punch, punch holes where indicated.

Step 4: Using hemp or twine, attach middle section to both wings (as seen in picture).

Step 5: Thread 2 additional pieces through wings (as seen in picture), bringing them together at the top. Attach to a small dowel (optional) to give additional stability and a way to hang the piece as a mobile.

Step 6: Add small segment of twine at bottom of the middle segment. This acts as a pulley to activate the mobile. Add a wooden bead to bottom (optional).


If you give it a try, be sure to tag us so we can see!

-Shannon