Leprechaun Rainbow Mobile

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mobile

I was noticing that I really don’t have many St. Patrick’s Day decorations, and after shopping a couple of my favorite decor and craft stores it is pretty clear to me why my stash is so lean — there just aren’t many St. Patrick’s Day decorations out there that I love. I wanted something modern and fun and decided that rather than pursuing a shamrock theme, I’d focus on rainbows and Mr. Leprechaun’s pot of gold. I remembered seeing these colorful vellum mobiles and decided to make one using cardstock in true rainbow colors. I had originally hoped to find a miniature pot to fill with gold coins, but no luck. So I used a little artistic license and decided that a gold, glitter-covered, styrofoam ball would be my “abstract” pot of gold.

St. Patricks Day Decoration Rainbow Leprechaun Gold

The Rainbow Mobile has certainly added some color to our family room. It’s fun how it is always twisting and turning so every time I glance over it looks different.

To make your own Leprechaun Rainbow Mobile you’ll need:
:: 2.5-inch styrofoam ball
:: school glue and gold glitter
:: one sheet of 12×12 paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
:: paper cutter
:: needle, white thread, and scissors
:: sewing machine

Rainbow Mobile Project Using Paper Scraps

Since I do my scrapbooking on 8.5×11 sheets, I’m always looking for ways to use the many paper scraps created by cutting 12×12 scrapbook paper down to size. So I was excited when I realized I could design this Leprechaun Rainbow Mobile to use the scrap pieces that would be cut off a 12×12. I ended up being left with fully usable 8.5×11 sheets and pretty much nothing wasted — very fitting to be “green” on my St. Patty’s day project.

Cut the Paper for the Rainbow Mobile

To make it work with the scraps, I first cut the 12×12 paper down to 8.5 inches. Then I took the 3.5×12-inch scrap and cut it down long ways into three, 1-inch strips. I placed my main paper (which now is measuring 8.5×12) back in the cutter long ways and cut off the extra inch — this created my final mobile strip measuring 8.5×1 inch. I set aside my 8.5×11 sheet for a future scrapbook page and stacked the four, 8.5×1-inch strips in a neat pile. I then repeated this process for all of the colors.

Make the Leprechauns Pot of Gold

On to the gold ball! I took a 2.5-inch styrofoam ball and covered it with school glue, using a foam brush to help spread the glue around evenly. Then I sprinkled on gold glitter and set the ball aside to dry.

Glittering the Leprechaun Ball

While the glitter ball was drying I stitched up the mobile. First I measured 4.25 inches from the needle on my sewing machine and placed a blue piece of masking tape on the machine as a guide for feeding the paper strips evenly. I loaded white thread and used a straight stitch to sew the paper strips together. Be sure to leave about a 20-inch tail of extra thread at the beginning and end for hanging.

Lucky Leprechauns Golden Ball

The top tail gets tied into a loop to hang from the ceiling. Thread the bottom tail onto a needle and then attach to the dried gold ball. I poked my needle through perpendicular about a quarter-inch down from the top of the ball. Go straight through then tie off the thread with a square knot. Trim the extra thread and dab on a little more glue and glitter to hide the knot.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mobile Hanging in our House

That’s it! Now you have a lucky little rainbow to enjoy be it rain or shine.

Bettijo Bridges

Administrator at Paging Supermom
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.


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7 thoughts on “Leprechaun Rainbow Mobile”

  1. Love it! You know how much I love Jordan; this is such a fun application of her vellum mobile! This looks especially great against your crisp white walls.

  2. The little pots to put coins in are also known as Halloween cauldrons!Pick them up in fall to use for St. Patrick’s Day. I really like your rainbown mobile today. It is very colorful and I like the way it moves.

  3. This looks great. I remember seeing the same vellum mobile at Oh Happy Day. (I like your twist.)

    I’ve been using styrofoam balls to create a solar system mobile for my son’s room. The mobile is done…unfortunately, the renovation is NOT complete, so I have nowhere to hang it!! Grrr…


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