It's amazing what a little creativity and imagination can do with some very simple items. The sponge mobile is a fun project for a rainy afternoon with kids. Depending on how it's hung or stood, the dancing butterflies, hearts, and stars can play above a cradle or stand in the middle of a kid's birthday party table.
The sponge mobile is another testament to the wonderful versatility of the local dollar store. All the supplies were bought there for a buck apiece, making the total cost of the whimsical centerpiece $3 - and that's including the glue.
We used hearts, stars, and butterflies for our mobile, and I've provided stencils to make it easy for you to duplicate it. If you're making a mobile for a little boy, though, it's just as easy to cut up sailboats and anchors, or baseballs and footballs. You can attempt to cut them out freehand - or you can do as I did for the butterflies and find a good coloring book with well-defined lines to use as a stencil. Just glue the coloring book page to cardboard and cut it out.
I was lucky enough to find the balloon sticks and cups in a party favor kit at my local store. If you can't find them, check with a party store or any store in your area that does party balloons. Chances are they'll be happy to sell you a stick and cup or two for a buck or less. Do look for them - it makes the trick of putting the mobile cross stick together about 1000% easier.
Pull the thread through the hollow tubing until the sponge decorations are arranged to your liking, then dab a drop of glue at the end of the balloon stick to hold the thread in place.
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