What else is there in a baby’s crib aside from a pillow, a sheet and slatted sides? A mobile! I’m not talking about being able to move nor about mobile phones. These are something hung over a crib to stimulate and entertain a baby. They also make a perfect welcoming gift for your little angels. Ifyou’re wondering how you can make this little toy, you’re in luck because you can easily check these adorable, DIY mobile ideas.
As classic as they may be, mobiles make a nursery complete and symbolize everything that involves babies. A nursery mobile is one of the things that expectant parents think of buying or making to give babies a warm embrace.
From simple and sweet to the out-of-the-ordinary, here are 17 of the most adorable and creative baby mobiles. Whether you are trying to find a design concept or a full tutorial on how to make a mobile, these wonderful projects will boost your creativity!
DIY Mobile Ideas: How to Make a Mobile
1. Magic Melted-Bead Mobile
Melting plastics such as translucent plastic pony beads can be dangerous, even when doing it with a gas grill, but when it’s done right, they make an amazing light-catching mobile.
2. Lucky Star Ombre Mobile
The ombre effect of this mobile makes it dreamy. This mobile features miniature origami stars discretely folded and then strung from an embroidery hoop. Are you thinking of making one? Well, here is a simple tutorial to get you started.
3. Tissue Cluster Mobile
If you are looking for something a bit unique, this jazzy cluster of shiny paper garlands, paper lanterns and tissue pom-poms makes for an eye-catching mobile that is enjoyable to look at. Don’t know how to make paper pom-poms? Follow the directions here.
4. Galaxy Star Mobile
It’s just amazing how star-shaped paper can be made into sparkling silver stars that twirl and spin for something that is sure to put a smile on a baby’s face! Not only does this design not cost much, it is also easy to make. The directions provided here will show you how to make a mobile from this design that will make any nursery glamorous.
5. Tissue Tassel Mobile
Just folding and cutting tissue paper can create this fantastic baby mobile to add a speckle of color when hung on a crib. You could use a bit of silver or gold tissue to give this project an awesome metallic look.
6. Paper Cloud Mobile
Do you know what can be made from an embroidery hoop, fishing line, card stock and a free printable template? Yup! This dreamy mobile to leave your baby distracted will only cost you $5. Here are the full details on how to make a mobile like this.
7. Crystal Chic Mobile
Simply using a wire wreath frame, chandelier crystals, fishing line, fabric or other trim and sheetrock anchor with a screw, this feminine, sweet mobile is as charming to look at as it is simple to make.
8. Hot Air Balloon Mobile
Do you have a knack for paper weaving? This cute balloon mobile will make any nursery amazing! Check out the directions on how to make a mobile like this here.
9. Fabric Strip Mobile
Looking for an easy way to give a nursery that shabby chic look? You can make a nursery mobile out of scraps of ribbon or fabric and an embroidery hoop. This fabric strip mobile would be ideal for dangling above the crib.
10. Paper Polyhedron Mobile
Mobiles are not just for nurseries, you know! This stunning polyhedron paper mobile makes an excellent accent piece for any space of your home. Pick colors that go with your room and hang it on a wall or from the ceiling.
11. Dream Catcher Mobile
A dream catcher is not only a woven web on a willow hoop used to stave off nightmares. With just a few easy steps to follow and a few tweaks, you can turn a traditional dream catcher into a beguiling nursery mobile, providing sweet dreams for your baby. If dreamcatchers fascinate you, here is how to make your own homemade DIY dreamcatcher.
12. Sculpted Yarn Mobile
How to make a mobile out of a yarn, balloons, Elmer’s glue, old/disposable bowl and an embroidery hoop that will only cost $12? Check out Lacey Major’s guide for how to make a mobile as gorgeous as this DIY yarn mobile.
13. Feather Mobile
Sometimes a trend is just too irresistible, especially when it’s just so dreamy. Fabric feathers make this fashionable tribal mobile very fancy. Do you want something original? YTtry hand-painting white feathers or color-dipping them to make this tribal mobile even more authentic-looking.
14. Felt Ball Mobile
This creative and darling mobile uses pre-felted, boughten balls to add a touch of glam to any baby’s room! You can also make your own homemade felt balls, and a clever way to make them is to use a washing machine. You have got to find out how it’s done!
15. Origami Crane Mobile
Origami is a beautiful and inexpensive way to make fabulous decor, not just for a dorm or a home but for a nursery as well. A symbol of good wishes and good luck, origami cranes make a perfect welcoming gift for a newborn. Even an origami neophyte can make a display elegant by following this tutorial.
16. Himmeli Mobile
This inexpensive yet dazzling mobile from Finland patterned its design around geometric shapes and pastels and now has become trendy worldwide. This tutorial will show you how to create a DIY Nordic-inspired Himmeli mobile.
17. Paper Punch Mobile
Are you tired of looking for the perfect mobile to hang above your baby’s crib? This beautiful paper mobile has a gorgeous design thanks to the 400 colorful discs strung neatly onto it.
Before installing a nursery mobile for your little one, consider the following safety precautions:
1. Age Appropriateness
If the baby is already 5-months old, or is pushing up onto knees and hands, it’s time to get rid of the mobile. If the mobile is reachable, they could grab it down by themselves which could potentially injure or strangle them.
2. Length of Mobile Strings
The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that a string 7 inches or longer could potentially strangle your newborn.
3. Mobile Installation
Mobiles should be installed in accordance with the directions provided by the manufacturer.
4. Safe Distance
It’s important to keep a mobile out of the baby’s reach but at the same time place it close enough for them to enjoy.
5. Potential Choking Hazards
Nurseries should not have mobiles with detachable, small parts to avoid a choking hazard.