This adorable mobile is a time consuming project, but the results are well-worth the time invested! You can shorten the time of this craft by making it a group project. Let each child make one bug to hang on the mobile and it’ll come together in no time.
Egg Carton Buggy Mobile
This pretty bug mobile is a fun project for spring and is great for a group of children!
What you’ll need
- Cardboard egg carton
- Scraps of colorful patterned papers (wallpaper samples, old greeting cards) or construction paper
- Acrylic paints: red, orange, brown, light blue, green, purple, yellow, white and pink
- 2 black skinny chenille stems
- 9 flat-backed heavy pebbles, marbles, or other object
- White yarn
- 2 heavy twigs or craft dowels
- 9 medium black pom poms
- 18 small googly eyes
- White craft glue
- Acrylic sealer spray
- Hot glue gun
How to make it
- Remove the lid of the cardboard egg carton and save it for another project. Place bottom of egg carton upside down and paint each section with the desired color. You will need two cups painted the same color for each bug. Add a second coat of paint. When the paint is dry, spray all painted cups with acrylic sealer. Cut the egg carton sections apart. Trim around the sections so that all you have left are colored cups.
- If the patterned paper you chose is single-sided, fold it in half with the pattern on the outside. Put a layer of glue in between the layers and stick together. This will create a piece of patterned paper that is patterned on both sides. If you are using construction paper, this step is not necessary. Cut leaf-shaped wings from the paper.
- Divide the egg cups so that one cup of each colored pair is in a separate group. Turn one group of colored cups over and set the other group aside.
- Squeeze some white glue into each of the cups that are turned upward. Place a flat-backed marble into each cup and allow time for the glue to dry. This will give each bug enough weight that they will hang nicely on your mobile and will cut down on the lines tangling together. It will also help the bugs to “look” downward so that they are seen from the ground.
- Cut 9 pieces of yarn about 18” long each.
- Glue a black pom pom onto the closed (bottom) end of each of the egg cup halves with the marble in them. Now pair up your colored egg cups.
- To assemble each bug body you will need a pair of the same colored egg cups, a set of paper wings, an 18” piece of yarn, and your hot glue gun. Pipe a layer of hot glue onto the outer open edge of the egg cup with the marble in it, place the wings onto the glue, the yarn in the middle of the open cup at the top, and then the other egg cup goes on last. Repeat these steps for each bug.
- Now that the bodies are assembled you can glue the googly eyes onto the black pom poms.
- Cut the black chenille stems into 2” pieces. Bend the ends or twist them around a thin-handled paintbrush. Put a dot of hot glue on the straight end and push into the top of the pom pom. Repeat for the other antenna.
- Cut another piece of yarn about 12” in length. Crisscross the two dowels and wrap them with yarn, adding a dot of glue to reinforce them. Be sure there is enough yarn left over to tie a loop at the top to hang your mobile.
- Tie each bug onto the dowels, two on each ‘arm” and one in the middle. Stagger the lengths and tie in place. When you have them where you want them, trim the excess.
This project was created by Amanda Formaro, originally for Kaboose/Spoonful.