How to Make a Baby Mobile — 9 Creative Projects

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012

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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 baby mobile
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. Check out the tutorial on Recipe for Cute.

paint chip fish mobile
"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. Find Amy's tutorial at The B-Line.

vintage yo-yo crib mobile
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. Find Robin's step-by-step tutorial at All Things Heart and Home.

melted beads suncatcher mobile
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. Find the tutorial at The Artful Parent.

scrap fabric mobile
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. The tutorial is available at Sew She Sews.

pom pom baby mobile
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. The inspiration can be found at The Handmade Home.

scrapbook paper baby mobile
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. See more of Melissa's creation at Honeybee Vintage.

raindrops and cloud baby mobile
Cloud and Raindrops Mobile

Feeling whimsical? Cut out a cloud and raindrops from scrapbook paper or felt, a la Carnets parisiens.

Washi star mobile
Reach for the Stars

Here's one more from Carnets parisiens: a versatile, lovely mobile you can make for the baby or a window. Make it with their free template and some washi paper (or, barring that, wrapping paper). 


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