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Mood Dial | All Kids' Room Crafts

Mood Dial

Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less

No need for a receptionist - this bedroom-door sign tells visitors if they're welcome or if they should try again later.



  • Plate or bowl
  • Pencil
  • Foam core or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Marker
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Paper fastener - or create your own pointer (instructions below)
  • Foam mounting tape or poster tack


  • Button
  • Bead
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Tape


  1. Use a plate or bowl to trace a large half-circle onto a sturdy piece of backing material, such as foam core or cardboard, then cut it out.
  2. Cut pie-piece-shaped sections out of card stock - as many as your child wants to convey her changing moods. Write messages on the sections (ours are on colorful card stock circles) with marker, then attach the sections to the base with a glue stick or double-sided tape.
  3. Cut a pointer shape out of card stock and attach it to the base with a paper fastener - or create a pointer following the instructions in Step 4. Hang the dial with foam mounting tape or poster tack.
  4. To make our fancy pointer, string a button and a bead on a folded pipe cleaner, as shown. Make a hole in the pointer and in the center of the dial's base. Add glue around the hole in the pointer, then feed the folded pipe cleaner through both holes. Fold over the ends and tape them to the back of the base.