The Art of Darkness

Easy Halloween Mobile

October 8th, 2012 by Cobwebs

MobileFinding Time to Create has a nice tutorial for creating an attractive mobile out of vintage-y paper cutouts. Although she specifies a particular brand of patterned paper, this same idea could be used with any designs you like.

Halloween postcards were extremely popular in the early part of the last century, and reprints are widely available. If you have a good color printer, you can also just look for images online (the work of Ellen Clapsaddle was particularly well-regarded). Other attractive options would be vintage poison labels, thrifted covers from paperback books, family photos of past Halloweens, or lightweight memorabilia like spooky greeting cards.

If you don’t like the tulle at the top (I suspect it would be hard to dust), substitute ribbon instead. A few plastic spiders hot-glued to the ring or dangling amongst the paper items might be a nice addition as well.

I quite like the restrained, subtle nature of this mobile. It’s nicely thematic for the actual holiday, but it’s also attractive enough to leave up as a year-round decoration.

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