Remember when we toured the bright and beautiful nursery created by Hallmark designer Lindsay H.? Well, now she’s back to show us how to make baby mobiles like the one over her daughter’s crib. Read on to get inspired and create your own.
When I was putting together my daughter’s nursery, I got really inspired by all the DIY mobiles I saw in nursery photos around the web. I thought a handmade mobile would be a beautiful touch, but I just never got around to making one. Then at my baby shower, a sweet friend surprised me with a handmade mobile that fit my daughter’s room perfectly.
I loved it so much and thought it was the sweetest gift, so when another friend’s baby shower came up, I decided to do the same. Then, naturally, I gathered a few Hallmark friends together for a workshop. I hope our mobile ideas inspire you to create your own mobile for a gift, your own nursery or really any room in your house. (Scroll down for instructions.)
All of these mobiles started with a simple embroidery hoop, and then each of us decided what to hang from it. There were lots of great ideas: hand-painted beads, plush hot-air balloons, cut fabric, and even live plants!
You can make your own baby mobile with the following supplies:
- Embroidery hoop (just the inner ring)
- Felted balls (beads, pom poms, or anything else to hang from the ring)
- Embroidery floss
Start by laying out the felted balls in the order you like. (I decided to have four strings of balls attached to the hoop and one hanging down the center.)
Next cut 5 pieces of embroidery floss. (I used 5-foot lengths so there would be plenty of extra floss to hang the mobile.)
Thread the needle with the embroidery floss and then push the needle through the felt balls starting with the top one first.
Position the first ball about a foot down on the floss and keep adding the balls on, spacing them how you would like. The felt balls will stay in place on their own, but you can easily move them up or down to change the spacing.
After you’ve threaded all the felted balls, you can start assembling your mobile.
You want your four strings of balls to be evenly spaced on the embroidery hoop. Start with your first string of balls. Take the floss just above the top ball and wrap it a couple times around the hoop. Make sure you leave enough extra floss at the top to hang the hoop. Repeat with the other three strings at regular intervals around the hoop. Now take the extra floss from each of those and add the center string of balls.
Hold it up to make sure the mobile hangs evenly and then tie them all together in a knot. Finally, thread another felt ball to disguise the knot and add a loop at the top to hang. I attached a simple cup hook to the ceiling to hang my finished mobile.
Photographer: Kevin Cozad