Hey, guys and gals—Mandi here! Whether you’re into super heroes, wizardly fiction, or just like thunder storms, this lightning bolt mobile isn’t just for kiddos. It’s a quick and dirty project, too. Well, only dirty really if you accidentally get metallic paint on your fingers, but hey—instant manicure, I guess! Check out the simple instructions to make your own lightning bolt mobile.
-smallest drill bit
Step Two: Lay out the lightning bolt shapes onto the basswood and trace with a pen.
Step Four: Paint the shapes with metallic paint in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to wear protection over your mouth and nose!
Step Five: Drill tiny holes into the top of each lightning bolt. Before I marked my holes, I held up each bolt with lightly pinched fingers to make sure the bolt would hang straight where I drilled the holes. This means they won’t be drilled at the center. Check out my hole placement below for reference.
Step Six: Drill five tiny holes across the length of the dowel. (I chose to paint my dowel white, by the way.) The holes do not need to be perfectly spaced.
Step Seven: Tie fishing line/jewelry line onto each lightning bolt and through the holes of the dowel. Make sure the bolts are lying out, as shown above, before knotting the wire and trimming away the extra line. Then thread string through the outside holes for hanging the mobile.
I hung my mobile using a small, sticky-back cup hook, but you could use screw hooks or brackets as well. If you’re not into metallic paint, you can make this mobile any color. Hey—why not try rainbow lightning bolts? –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Spring of the Signature Collection.