Cascading Circles Mobile

This mobile is all grown up. Modern spheres in a graduating monochromatic color scheme add instant drama to a room. Use circle punches or a die-cutting machine to make quick and easy work of cutting the circles.

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Materials

Double-sided cardstock in eight shades of one color or other assorted colors
Cricut Design Studio die-cutting machine (optional)
Circle punches: 3", 2-1⁄2", 2", 1-1⁄2", and 1" (optional)
2-millimeter hole punch/eyelet setter (such as Fiskars Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter)
52—7-millimeter jump rings
16—9-millimeter jump rings
2—12"-long wooden dowels
Clear fishing line
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

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Assemble the Mobile

1. Using either a Cricut die-cutting machine or circle punches, cut the following from cardstock:
4—3" circles, color 1
4—2-1⁄2" circles, color 1
4—2-1⁄2" circles, color 2
4—2" circles, color 2
8—2" circles, color 3
4—2" circles, color 4
4—1-1⁄2" circles, color 4
8—1-1⁄2" circles, color 5
4—1-1⁄2" circles, color 6
4—1" circles, color 6
8—1" circles, color 7
4—1" circles, color 8

2. Use hole punch/eyelet setter to punch holes on tops and bottoms of colors 1 through 7 circles. Punch a hole at tops only of color 8 circles.

3. Chain circles together using 7-millimeter jump rings in following order:


Long Chain:
3" circle, color 1
2-1⁄2" circle, color 2
2" circle, color 3
2" circle, color 4
1-1⁄2" circle, color 5
1-1⁄2" circle, color 6
1" circle, color 7
1" circle, color 8

Short Chain:
2-1⁄2" circle, color 1
2" circle, color 2
2" circle, color 3
1-1⁄2" circle, color 4
1-1⁄2" circle, color 5
1" circle, color 6
1" circle, color 7
 
You will have four long chains of eight circles and four short chains of seven circles. Attach two 9-millimeter jump rings to top of each chain.

4. Hot-glue two dowels together to create an X. Slide 9-millimeter jump rings for each chain onto dowel rods, arranging one long chain near center of X on each dowel. Slide a long chain onto end of each dowel. Place a dab of hot glue at each jump ring to keep chains from sliding on dowels.

5. Tie a length of fishing line to center of dowel rods, and tie on a loop for hanging.

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