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Approximate Time: 15 minutes
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
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.
Try this different style of painting with your child. I'm sure they will have fun with it, and you just might get into it yourself!
Here's some money saving craft sponge ideas from Syd.