Rainbow time has arrived! Our newest diy prism rainbow mobile is hanging in the window, and happy hour in our apartment is currently from about 3 to 6 pm.
We used to have a lovely glass prism object d’art that brought us a kaleidoscope of happiness every afternoon, but (gasp!) I broke it. Finally, however, with the help of my 8 year old, we have this NEW moving sculpture with nine prisms that turns our living room into a magical rainbow universe! (I might be a little giddy right now. Rainbows will do that to you.)
Bonus! Making this rainbow prism mobile turned out to be not only a fun craft, but a science lesson as well! If you are participating in our DIY summer science camp, this would be a great addition! (This post contains affiliate links)
How to Make a Rainbow Mobile with Prisms:
What you need:
- small prisms (like these)
- thin cording, thread or ribbon. We used rattail cord
- sturdy branch
- invisible, or other strong thread
I ordered a selection of small prisms, both teardrop prisms and ball prisms. They were inexpensive, so I went a little overboard, but the zillion dancing rainbows improve my mood so much I have no regrets.
Kiddo found a branch in the park and we bought some hand-dyed beads and rattail cord (which were both more expensive than the prisms!) at a local craft store. Make sure your cord is not too thick for the beads. We did have a problem with that and Kiddo got a bit frustrated when it came to threading the beads, so I gave him red thread on a needle, and that was easier for him to manipulate.
After looping the cord or thread through the prism we slid on a selection of beads before securing them to the branch. I suspended the branch from ceiling hooks using invisible thread. When the sun shines through the prisms, we all get a little giddy. Don’t believe me? Check out this response from my 4 year old: