From the Design Desk: Celebrating Halloween with Mobile Art

Occasionally we come up with an idea we love so much, we want to make it ourselves without hiring an author or an artist. It takes extra time, but we love pouring our creativity into our work. I want to share a recent favorite “home grown” of these projects: Mobile Art. Since my coworker Michelle and I designed all the mobiles in the package, I have lots of extra love for this one and am thrilled that it’s finally here for you to enjoy!

To celebrate its release, we thought it’d be fun to decorate our office using the Halloween mobile.

This is the mini dessert table that we set up. In case you want to decorate your office spooky cute, too, here are some crafty ideas that we came up with.

Halloween Mobile

This is one of the 20 ready-to-cut designs included in Mobile Art. It’s one of the more intricate designs, so it takes a bit of patience to cut out all the pieces—but that is the only difficult part. Once all the pieces were cut out, it took me about 20 minutes to assemble them using the glue method (explained on page 6 of the book).

Trompe l’Oeil Doilies

This is a super easy and fun project, especially if you like to draw. Just cut out black paper to the size you’d like and draw to decorate. I wanted a fancy edge, so I sketched the outline on the back of the paper, cut it out, and then flipped it over to decorate the clean side.

Paper Napkin Webs

Any thin paper that you can fold and cut easily will work well for this project. We had paper napkins in the office, so that’s what we used. Start by folding a rectangular piece of paper in half. With the folded edge towards you, fold the bottom corners up, creating a V shape—just like how a gentleman would fold his handkerchief to tuck into his jacket pocket. Cut out lines, not going all the way to the edge so the paper stays in one piece, and voila! It’s a web!

Origami Mouse Treat Bags

I love making these small origami bags for any occasion, especially when I want to offer guests a small party favor. Start by cutting an origami paper in half to create a rectangular shape. Then fold it in half to create a square. Tape two sides closed to make a bag. I wrapped some small snacks in food-safe wax paper and tucked it inside the origami bag. Now, this is the trick: close the open end by meeting the two corners in the middle to create a triangle shape. Add tape to close the triangle. I think it’s cute just as is, but I added ears and drew a face to make it look like an evil little mouse.


Did I mention that Mobile Art includes mobile designs for other occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, and more? That was the idea. We love celebrating life’s special moments and wanted to create a product that will help make such occasions extra memorable with a touch of hand-made.

To win a copy of Mobile Art, leave us a comment below stating how you’ll be celebrating Halloween… or any special occasion that you are excited about! We’ll choose one winner at random.

Aya Akazawa
Senior Designer



  • Janine October 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’ll be going on a field trip with my youngest grand-daughter who just started Kindergarten this year. Dunno if I’ll go out trick-or-treating with my daughter and her kids or not. They live in a neighborhood that goes all out with holiday decorations. Usually, I just stay home and hand out candy. I enjoy seeing what creative costumes people come up with every year. 🙂


  • Gabrielle October 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Halloween is the day after my birthday, so I love doing dual-duty and having parties all weekend long! I'm definitely planning on using that spider web doily idea–awesome!


  • allegra October 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I'll be trick/treating with my 1 yr old – that is, if I get her costume finished in time!


  • Mai October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    My friend's baby shower is coming up and I'm really excited about making a cute package to hold the homemade macarons in. Macarons can hold up in a regular box, but if you don't have enough, then they all roll around and the cream filling will smear onto neighboring macarons and sides of the box. Research was fun and so shall making this present. 😀


  • Kristen October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Love the spiderweb doilies!! So cute. Nice work, Aya!


  • Pat October 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I'll be celebrating in my kindergarten classroom with a party, and I'm going to make those cute little mice as favors for my students(with goodies inside, of course!) Then I will be home to greet the trick-or-treaters who come to my door. I love the surprised look on the face of my students when I open the door to greet them. Last year, one of my students said, "What are you doing here?!?" (Some of them think teachers live at school, I think.)


  • Rebecca October 18, 2011 at 3:03 am

    i love the vertical mobile art. Nice change from the garland.


  • Laila October 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Halloween is the last night of the year we can stay in our vintage trailer before the campsite closes down. We will have a ghoulish treasure hunt, hot chocolate and marshmallows and of course some spooky stories around the campfire!


  • Cathy Mealey October 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Those origami mice are too cute!

    Now I am thinking of ways to shape them as origami Thanksgiving turkeys…origami snowmen…origami Valentine hearts…you've sparked my imagination!

    On Halloween I will be alternating with DH as trick or treat chaperone for my kids or passing out candy at the door!


  • christine October 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I'll hopefully be building a pile of leaves and the kids (while wearing costumes) will be jumping in them. We do it every year weather allowing.
    I love the mice idea but will turn them into chipmunks for my daughter's class (taht is her favorite animal and we turn everything into a chipmunk that we can!


  • caroline October 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

    My first day of assistant teaching is October 31st. I have yet to find a costume but thinking of being a goldfish. I cannot wait to see all the costumes 🙂


  • Freya October 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Our favorite thing to do is "Boo" our friends! We make a small bag of goodies, attach our ghostly poem letting them know a friendly spirit has been by, drop the bag at the door, ring the bell and then get away as fast as we can so we won't be caught! A fun way to share the spirit of Halloween!


  • Aya October 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thank you every one for leaving comments and sharing such wonderful ideas and your halloween traditions. The winner of Mobile Art giveaway is…drum roll, please… Freya! Congratulations. Hope you enjoy the mobiles!


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