A baby mobile isn't just for your wee ones to be entertained for hours — its colors and patterns stimulate sight and further aid in brain and sensory development. But it doesn't have to break the bank. We've compiled nine DIY baby mobiles in different shapes, sizes and difficulty level.
Photo Globe Mobile
Emily adds a personal touch in her photo globe baby mobile, which shows off family pictures, subtly teaching facial recognition. Or, change it up and use flash cards or other images. Use leftover scrapbooking paper with different patterns to create this fun project.
Mod Flower Mobile
Holly's super cute project will brighten up any baby room. Best of all, it's so easy to make. Here what you need: A free mod flower download, yarn, felt and buttons. Now, get working!
Get the flower download and further instructions at Create Loves.
"Painted" Fish Mobile
Go "under the sea" with this project, which makes use of random paint chips you may have lying around the house. You can even repurpose old greeting cards or just a variety of cardstock will do.
Yo-Yo Crib Mobile
This slightly more advanced project requires a bit of sewing, but the end result is a colorful mobile with a vintage flair. Yo-yo makers will keep the stitches the same size, thus creating a uniform look.
Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile
Jean's outdoor project is ideal to be set near a window where it can catch the sun beautifully off all the bright colors. Create a variety of shapes by using different cookie cutters, and use your creativity to make specific patterns or colors.
Love of Polka Dots
Make use of fabric that you may have collected along the way and combine it with two-sided woven ribbon, and you have this beautiful, colorful baby mobile. There is a bit of sewing involved, but it's easy enough for beginners to make, as well.
Fluffy Pom-Pom Mobile
This unique idea encompasses a lot of yarn, an assortment of fabrics and a sewing hoop. Making the pom-poms might sound a little tedious, but it's super fun to make. And the finished project is fun to look at when it's spinning around.
Paper Pattern Mobile
Another spin on circular baby mobiles uses various scrapbook paper patterns and a bit of sewing, creating a soft movement that looks different all the time.
Crystal Baby Mobile
Ashley's beautiful easy-to-make crystal mobile requires patience and time but is worth it. Be sure to make the strings the exact length in order for it to be level. Otherwise, it'll look sideways and off.
Image credits (from top): God Bless Our Nest, Recipe for Cute, Create Loves, The B-Line, All Things Heart and Home, The Artful Parent, Sew She Sews, The Handmade Home, Honeybee Vintage, God Bless Our Nest