About the middle of the summer, it can get really challenging to entertain the kiddos! Save yourself from cries of “I’m bored!” with this fun and easy foam airplane DIY mobile made with Darice Foamies and materials you have on hand. I had my 10 year-old and 8 year-old help with this project, and everyone loved the way it turned out.
- Darice Foamies 3D Airplanes Activity Bucketl.
- A Coat Hanger.
- Yarn or String.
- Paper Clips.
- Darice Foamies Glue.
- Darice Kid’s Craft Scissors.
Step 1. Start by presenting the kids with the Foamies airplane kit and let them have fun mixing and matching all the foam parts to create the airplanes needed for the mobile. The kit makes 18 planes, so you can divide the planes up accordingly, depending on how many kids you have and how many mobiles are needed.
Step 3. Time to create a hook to hang each plane from. We are going to use paperclips to create the hooks.
Unbend a paperclip slightly, then push the pointed end of the paperclip through the body of the plane. Re-bend the paper clip to create the hook. Repeat this process for all the planes you will hang on your foam airplane DIY mobile.
Step 4. Tie a piece of yarn to the paperclip, using a square knot to keep it tight. Trim the yarn tail close to the knot. Tie the plane to the hanger, then trim the yarn tail.
Hang each plane from the hanger using the same yarn process, but varying the lengths of yarn to add interest to the airplane DIY mobile (and to keep the planes from bumping into each other as they float).
For another fun Foamies craft, check out this post for kid’s summer boredom busters using a pom pom foamies activity kit.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.