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DIY Eames Inspired Mobile

by Grace Bonney

Today Elena from Facing North with Gracia is sharing a fun DIY mobile project with us. Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ Dot pattern, Elena said the pattern reminded her of small floating figures, so she thought it would be fun to translate the design into a mobile. Using small wooden spheres, wire and modelling clay, she created this minimalist mobile that would be perfect for hanging in an entryway or a in front of a narrow strip of wall that needs a little bit of visual interest. Thanks so much to Elena for sharing this project with us today. The full how-to continues after the jump! xo, grace

– Wooden spheres (these were already black, but you can paint yours black, too)
– 2mm- thick craft wire in black (or the thin metal wire used in jewelry design)
– Black modelling clay
– Hammer


1. Sketch the layout you’d like for your mobile on paper (as a guide for measuring and assembling).
2. Cut the thick wire in different sizes: 3 pieces of 12-15 cm; 2 pieces of 20-22 cm and
one of 30 cm (number and length may vary according to your design)
3. Fill the holes in the wooden spheres with the modelling clay, this will hold the wire in place.
4. Insert wires into the spheres
5. Attach the spheres and wires in your desired pattern, from the bottom up.
6. Attach to the ceiling with a hammer and nails!

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