Make a Treasure Moblie - The Magic Onions

Make a Treasure Moblie

So, here’s the big question… ‘What do you do with all those little treasures your kids collect?’

This is a biggie in our house. My kids are big collectors! Every trip to the beach results in a basket of shells, each hike brings pine cones, rocks and bark and even a walk-around-the-block leads to the discovery of some sort of treasure.

Of course I can’t throw anything away! Oh no!!! The misery that would ensue from me throwing away a special rock or stick would be, quite honestly, detrimental to everyone’s health! So, what do I do with the mounds of ‘special things’?

Make a mobile!

Here is the mobile we made today…

It’s hanging on our door in place of a wreath… isn’t it lovely.

So, to make a treasure mobile you need:

* collected treasures
* copper wire (which is wonderfully pliable and can be found at hardware and craft stores)
* pliers
* sticks
* string
* scissors

Once you master the wonderful trick of wrapping your treasure in copper wire, anything can be added to hand on your mobile.

Start by cutting off about 6 inches of copper wire with pliers. Hold one end of the wire in the pliers and twist it, making a hanging loop. Easy!

Now, hold the loop against your treasure with your thumb and wrap the wire around it. Make the same loop at the bottom end for it to hang. Easy! Seriously, even Kitty finds it a breeze.

Here she is wrapping a shell…

When you have wrapped all your treasures in copper wire to make them hangable, use your string to tie them onto your sticks… you’ll need at least one long stick for the top hanging bar, and two smaller sticks for the hanging bars below. We used our yarn-wrapped sticks from before to add a little color.

Now for the fun part… you have to hang your mobile and see how it balances… this was a great learning opportunity for Kitty as she worked out how to make all the different weights of her treasures hang nicely. One rock was too heavy and a thread spool had to be added to the other end for the stick to hang straight. The shell was also too heavy and needed to be moved to the middle. All this, Kitty worked out by trial and error. It was magic for me to see her grasp this difficult concept.

At last, all her treasures were perfectly weighted and her mobile hangs beautifully.

10 treasures down, 1000 to go :-)

Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Lovely! We have all the stuff we need in our house at the moment. The little one loves bringing home treasure from our walks. :D

  2. so beautiful and clever.

  3. This is SO pretty. I’d love doing this on our holiday adress. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Haha, our house is exactly the same!
    Sticks, stones and shells collected
    by our ten year old son and myself…
    This is the perfect way to display some of them, thanks a lot for the
    wonderful idea!

  5. OK we have to do this!
    I like how you painted the sticks to give it a bit of colour too! They’ll be perfect to hang from the trees in our side yard!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~ joey ~

  6. Love this idea! Kids are always finding great treasures outside, but sometimes it’s difficult to find a special place for them. I will be making this for sure :)

  7. This reminds me of a little gadgie witches use in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Basically, they use whatever is in their pockets, tie it together with string and read the present, past and future through it.
    Thanks for this post, it’s literally magical!

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