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Circus Mobile

Dangling from heavy-duty button thread, these circular circus entertainers are ready to perform their acts at the whim of the slightest breeze. They’re particularly susceptible to air currents because they’re made of paper, like all the mobiles on these pages. You don’t have to be an artist to create this big-top circus. Simply cut out the figures on the card insert that follows to make the acrobats, clown, strong man, and ringmaster.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Craft glue

  • Striped wallpaper or card stock

  • Pencil

  • Bowl or compass

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Double-sided tape

  • 1/2-inch rickrack

  • Needle and embroidery floss

  • Construction paper

  • Wire

  • Needle-nose pliers


  1. For the Tent: Glue two pieces of striped wallpaper or card stock back to back. Draw a 12-inch-diameter circle onto the paper (trace around a bowl or use a compass); mark center and cut out. Use a ruler to draw two lines from center to edge so that the distance between them at the widest point is 1 1/2 inches. Cut out wedge. Bend paper into cone, overlapping edges by 1 inch; secure with double-sided tape. Glue 1/2-inch rickrack to edge so it overhangs.

  2. For the Flag: Thread a needle with embroidery floss. Make a very thick knot at one end, and dot with glue. Poke through center of big top; pull taut. Cut a flag from construction paper. Fold wide edge around embroidery thread and glue.

  3. For the Performers: Cut out figures on the card. For ringmaster’s whip, glue wire to hand and tie on embroidery floss. For acrobats and strong man, use needle-nose pliers to make small loops in each end of wires; fold arms or legs around wire and glue. For strong man’s barbell, attach black circles to ends of slightly bent wire. Hang performers as shown. Join to tent by sewing thread into rickrack.

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