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Daddy & Me Craft | Sea Life Mobile | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

Written by Ashley Lucas

Craft Ideas for Father’s Day: Daddy & Me Craft

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Father’s Day is less than a month away {June 15, 2014} and this craft is especially great for dads looking to do something artistic with their kids. This sea life mobile can be made easily with a regular clothes hanger, some scraps of paper and string.

 

The other fun component to this mobile, is that summer is right around the corner, and this craft can really add a little color ito your home as we all get excited for some warmer weather!

 

Materials you will need:

 

  • A clothes hanger

  • String or yarn

  • Sturdy construction paper

  • Markers

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue, glue dots or clear tape

 

*Hot glue is ideal for this project if you want it to last a long time, but glue dots or even clear tape from the drugstore works just as well for more of a temporary project.

 

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1 Cut five pieces of yarn or string {approximately 1 foot long each} and tie the top of each to a clothes hanger. I chose to make my middle string a little longer than the rest in the example below.

 

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2 Have your child draw their favorite sea creatures on construction paper with markers. Whales, sharks, fish and squids are all very popular! Cut out the sea creatures and adhere to the pieces of string with either hot glue, glue dots or tape.

 

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3 While attaching the sea creatures, try to ‘stagger’ them on each piece of string so that when the wind blows all the animals will move naturally. Try two creatures on the first string, three on the next, etc. etc. {This part of the craft is definitely where dad’s skills come in!}

 

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4 If you have foil at home, you can have the kids cut out some circles for bubbles and add those to the clothes hanger and strings as well using glue or tape.

Another variation of this craft would be to use an embroidery hoop or even a wooden dowel instead of a clothes hanger. Depending on the look you’re going for, {modern, crafty, old fashioned}, you can really experiment with the concept of creating a mobile. Instead of sea creatures, you could create a jungle theme or even draw each member of your family.

I wish all of you a fun and happy Father’s Day!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is currently working on a compilation of her most popular crafting ideas. She offers private art lessons to the Newport community for children ages 4 – 8 years old and loves seeing the magical creations children come up with!  Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Stop by every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!

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