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Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile Craft

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile Craft

Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Make a pretty rainbow mobile by coiling painted cardboard tubes, perfect for spring! This colorful craft is great for St. Patrick's Day and all throughout the summer.

by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • 2 12-inch wooden dowels
  • Yarn
  • 6 4-inch cardboard tubes
  • Paint: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple
  • 2 sheets white felt
  • Hot glue gun or white craft glue
  • Scissors

How to make it

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 1

1. Paint the inside and the outside of the cardboard tubes, one of each color. Allow them to dry until slightly damp. You should be able to handle the tubes with your hands without getting paint on your, however, the tubes should still be damp and pliable.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 2

2. Meanwhile, while the tubes are drying create the top of the mobile. Glue the two dowels together in a "plus sign" fashion. Measure and cut a 4-foot long piece of yarn. Fold the yarn in half to create a loop at one end. Wrap the yarn around the center of the dowels several times. You should have about 6-inches left for the hanger (the looped end of the yarn). Tie the yarn in a knot around the center of the dowels to secure, trim off excess.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 3

3. Now that the tubes are dried to a damp state (see step 1), begin cutting at one end and cut on a slight diagonal all the way to the other end of the tube

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 4

4. You will have a long pliable strip of cardboard when you are done.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 5

5. Take that strip and coil it up tightly.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 6

6. Repeat with all the colored tubes. Set all the coiled tubes aside to dry completely so that they are no longer damp. This may take a few hours.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 7

7. When they feel completely dry, stretch each coiled tube out gently.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 8

8. Cut 6 length of yarn measuring about 30-inches each. Tie yarn to the end of each coiled tube. Nothing fancy, just tie in a knot that will hold. Hang the dowels from a hook in the ceiling. Tie the open ends of the yarn to the dowels at different length to attach the rainbow coils to the mobile.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 9

9. Cut a sheet of white felt in half. Fold one of the halves in half as pictured.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 10

10. Cut a cloud shape from the open end of the folded felt. Glue it onto one of the four dowel ends, gluing the crease of the felt to the top side of the dowel. Repeat this step for all the dowels.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Rainbow Mobile step 11

11. Layered Felt Rainbow by Amanda Formaro Crafts by Amanda.

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