DIY Baby Mobile
DIY Baby Mobile
Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.
I wanted to actually decorate a nursery this time. I wanted to nest, and I could! It felt like such a blessing, and I wasn’t going to take it for granted. My husband worked his tail off to provide a better life for us, and for that, I am very thankful. Being frugal had been a habit for us, and I still wanted to keep that up. Have you looked at the prices of nursery decor? Outrageous! I realized maybe DIY was the way to go.
I have to admit that I didn’t know where to start. As I was going up and down the aisles of the craft store I didn’t know what to look for. I walked passed the paper craft section and inspiration hit! I found these paper feathers in the prettiest color/print scheme that looked perfect for her room. The front of the package showed a wreath, and I knew I could use that to hang the feathers from instead. So I got a hole punch and some string. This was going to be a piece of cake!
I pulled apart the feathers, hole-punched them, and bent them without doing a full crease. This gave them more of a 3D look instead of just being flat. I tied knots in the string where I wanted the feather to stay. I didn’t stick to a strict pattern, but tried to alternate sizes and color. The beauty of DIY is you can make it how you want, and fully customize it to match the theme for the room.
I was going for a whimsical theme, and the feathers matched perfectly (see the gallery wall here). I had a little bit of a fail when using the recommended paper base, so I went back to the store to get a wood one. I had the hubby paint it gold, and it was perfect. It makes the baby mobile a little heavier, so just make sure that it is secure wherever you hang it. I also kept costs down on this by using little embellishments that I already had around the house. So try to use craft supplies you already have or repurpose something if you are trying to stay on budget. I really wish I would have tracked how much I spent, but I’m sure it was no more than 20 buck, and I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out. Our baby girl loves looking at it too!
Here are the full instructions:
- Find your base! Make sure it will hold up. I learned the hard way. Oops!
- Pull apart your paper craft sheets or cut out your own design. Prep if needed. I folded the feathers to give them a 3D look. Then hole punch, and thread. I tied knots every few inches so the feathers would stay in place.
- Take your strands and thread them through the holes on your base. If your base doesn’t have holes then you can just tie them on there. Hot glue the threads down to the top of the base. I used little pearl and rhinestone embellishments that I had lying around. The holes were too big for me to just tie knots at the top.
- Use thread or a pretty ribbon to hang up your masterpiece! Make sure to secure it very well where ever you decide to place it. I hung mine above the middle of the crib, and put it to the test to make sure it wouldn’t come down. You did it!
DIY projects are so fun aren’t they? They are even better when you are making something in anticipation of a new baby! I hope you create your own perfect baby mobile, and have fun in the process. Craft on my fellow crafters.
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