I’ve wanted to make a baby mobile ever since finding out I was pregnant pretty much, but my multiple attempts never really materialized. Now that I’m feeling like I’ve started getting my life back (4 months post baby), I have finally gotten around to it.
I feel like there are so many gorgeous looking hand made mobiles out there that are more for the parents enjoyment than the babies. A beautiful scene of hand sewn felt animals and clouds look great if you can view it standing up, but it probably looks much less impressive to a baby who is stuck on their back. I also didn’t really like what the baby shops had to offer which although a baby would love, tend to be overpriced, glaringly bright, obnoxious looking plastic contraptions. It sounds kind of selfish, but lets be honest…you are going to have to look at this thing every day too. My little bubba really loves to stare up at this mobile from his cot, especially when it is spinning around, so I can say that it is definitely baby approved which is the most important thing after all.
This simple mobile isn’t too fussy. It is extremely easy to make but the final result is effective whether it be viewed standing up or lying down. Furthermore it was pretty cheap, costing around $20 to make and definitely much less labor intensive than cutting out felt shapes, stuffing and stitching them together. My baby loves this mobile, while I didn’t have to to sacrifice my taste (or wallet) for an obnoxious, glaringly bright, plastic contraption that wouldn’t match the nursery.
Watch my DIY mobile tutorial here
What you will need
- An embroidery ring
- String of your choice – I used a clear jelly type string used for jewelry making and a stronger strip of leather to hang the mobile from
- A fairly hardy needle that will be strong enough to poke through a felt ball
- wooden embellishments- preferably with a hole of some sort that you can thread the string through. I had to drill holes through some of my stars.
- Felt balls
Where to purchase
- Embroidery rings and jelly string can be purchased from any craft store. If you live in NZ, I purchased mine at spotlight.
- Wooden embellishments can also be purchased from any craft store or general store with a craft section. If you live in NZ I purchased mine at The Warehouse and Warehouse stationary. Spotlight also sells these but they are more pricey.
- I purchased my felt balls on Etsy. If you are game… have a go at making the felt balls yourself.
- No need to be all perfectionist with measuring out distances between felt balls and and embellishments and keeping colors evenly distributed, just eye ball it and the final result will still be great!
- Make sure each felt ball and embellishment is securely tied into place with double, even triple knots. You don’t want anything falling into baby’s bed.
- Hang the mobile well out of reach of baby and remove it when baby starts being able to move around the cot/crib. You could hang it in another corner of the room as decor instead.