We’re participating in the Bostik Bloggers campaign for a few months, which means every month a box of crafty goodies arrives in the post and my children’s faces light up because they know what’s coming! This month the theme was ‘snow’, and in our box of tricks we received something that among the other Bostik Bloggers we didn’t know what to do with! It turns out that it’s actually a Hama Bead Mobile Ring but since we don’t have Hama Beads, we decided to make a different mobile out of it, featuring all sorts of wintery bits.
For this mobile we used:
- Hama Bead Mobile Ring
- Opalescent ribbon
- Polystyrene stars*
- A large foam snowflake*
- Wavy Trim Bias Binding in shades of blue and purple
- Glitter paint*
- Silver bead string*
- Bostik Foam Squares
- Christmas embellishments*
To start with, prepare all the parts – paint the stars and snowflake with the glitter paint and thread the ribbon through the holes on the mobile ring. You can determine your own pattern, but ideally stick with the one you start with. (So e.g. through the hole, to the left, across, or through the hole, across and through the hole on the opposite left etc) This creates a nice woven look, but also gives an area for things to hang from the centre of the mobile from.
Around the outside of the mobile ring, attach the sticky squares and attach Christmas- themed embellishments to each sticky pad. The pads work well here with a flat surface to attach to on each side. They peel easily too, so though a little tedious going all the way round, it works without hassle.
Select bias binding in different shades and tie to the woven ribbon on the ring, spreading it out so that they appear to hang randomly. I used three lengths, but feel free to add more.
Finally attach a giant snowflake to the centre, quite high up, and do the same for the stars.
I didn’t find the glue foam pads to work too well on the stars. Either my glitter paint was still a bit wet or there just was’t enough flat surface space, but the Bostik glue dabbed on then left till it was properly dry did the job.
Attach a string or more of the ribbon to the centre and sides of the ring to give the mobile something to hang off and hang the mobile somewhere that the light can catch the glitter – if it refracts the kids can pretend to catch falling snow!