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Trash Mobile
All Ages
Don't even think of throwing it out! Make art out of junk!

What You Need
Trash Mobile Image

  • Anything clean and reusable such as: foil, egg cartons, drinking straws, paper plates, spools from thread, cardboard tubes, plastic cartons, yarn scraps, buttons, plastic caps and lids, felt and cloth scraps, natural materials (twigs, leaves, acorns, shells, pebbles), ice cream sticks, clothespins, ribbon, twist ties, construction paper
  • Glue/paste
  • Hole puncher
  • Modeling clay
  • Newspapers for work area
  • Paints and brushes
  • Scissors
  • Smocks or old shirts for protecting clothing
  • Stapler
  • String/wire
  • Thread
  • Wire hangers

What to Do

  1. Spread out the recyclable/reusable materials. Just looking at them may help you decide what you want to make for your mobile. Do any of the shapes remind you of something else? For example, drinking straws might remind you of an animal's whiskers or a spider's legs. Use your own ideas or try some of these: funny-looking flowers; strange birds and animals (the crazier the better); large, scary bugs; wild planes, cars, and rockets.
  2. Use your recyclable/reusable materials to create things to hang from the mobile. Add finishing touches with modeling clay or paints.
  3. Attach string, wire, or thread to each item and suspend it from different parts of a wire hanger. (To give the mobile more variety, use different lengths of string.) Hang the mobile from a cup hook attached to a ceiling beam.
    Tip: You can also hang your creations from a paper plate instead of a wire hanger.

What Else You Can Do

  • Visit a recycling center and learn which materials can be recycled. Use reference materials to learn how those materials are reused.
  • In the supermarket, check packaging labels for the recycling triangle.

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