9 DIY Baby Mobile Ideas for Any Nursery

Modern Leather Mobile

 Sarah Hearts

Welcoming a new baby is always exciting, and decorating a nursery in anticipation can be a really fun part of that process. No matter your color scheme or theme, a baby’s nursery isn’t quite complete without a whimsical mobile.

A homemade mobile can capture your baby’s attention, help develop their eyesight, and calm them down in preparation for sleep (always a good thing). Glance through the do-it-yourself ideas below to get inspired to make a personal, unique mobile for your little one.

Warning

Be sure to install baby mobiles only in places that won’t threaten the safety of your baby. Mobiles should never be hung over a baby’s crib, instead, use them to decorate the corner of a nursery, over a rocking chair, or hung over a dresser.

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    Geometric Paper Mobile

    Geometric Paper Mobile

    Project Nursery 

    Sturdy cardstock can be run through your sewing machine, so cut a few cute shapes, pair them up, and run a quick stitch from top to bottom to create a few three-dimensional pieces for a colorful mobile. This piece ages well with your baby, so keep it hung up to teach your toddler shapes and colors. 

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    Felt Ball Mobile

    Felt Ball Mobile

     The Rainy Day House

    This simple mobile gives the illusion of floating colorful orbs—certain to capture your little one’s interest for a few precious moments. Go for a rainbow of felt balls to brighten an otherwise plain space or select monochromatic pieces for a more curated look.

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    Rainy Day Mobile

    Rainy Day Mobile

     Lia Griffith

    Stick with just paper and string to make this cute cloud-and-raindrop mobile. A glittery finish and a smiling face add a whimsical touch to this lovely, homemade piece of nursery decor. Add a sunny yellow wall for the perfect amount of contrast to this adorable mobile. 

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    Leather Circle Mobile

    Leather Circle Mobile

    Project Nursery 

    Keep things simple with this striking leather mobile. One long line to hang leather shapes keeps construction easy and makes for a striking accent piece. Hang this one up over a dresser to add a modern touch your baby's nursery. 

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    Stars and Moon Mobile

    Stars and Moon Mobile

    Scratch and Stitch

    This smart tutorial utilizes found objects, store-bought items, and a few homemade touches for an eye-catching, wall-mounted mobile. Don’t worry if the objects you find don’t match your color scheme; a quick coat of metallic spray paint remedies that instantly. 

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    Modern Leather Mobile

    Modern Leather Mobile

    Sarah Hearts

    This dynamic mobile utilizes wire to hang its leather cutouts, so each unique arc creates a new level. Leather is a great media for this project—no need to finish the edges with a needle and thread—as it won’t fray. Add your own patterns with paint to a couple of leather pieces to add another layer of fascination.

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    Felt and Wool Cloud Mobile

    Felt and Wool Cloud Mobile

    The Lovely Drawer

    Soft textures are the focus for this sky-themed mobile where plushy clouds meet puffy pom-poms. You can absolutely make each component yourself, especially if you’re an accomplished seamstress, but don’t hesitate to opt for pre-made pieces too, just add your own spin by hanging everything together from a wooden embroidery hoop. 

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    Flowers and Butterflies Mobile

    Flowers and Butterfly Mobile

    Make It & Love It 

    If your baby’s nursery leans toward natural materials and organic colors, attempt this rustic mobile made from a tree branch. Hanging flowers and butterflies keep this project’s theme cohesive, but don’t hesitate to adjust the color scheme to your little one’s room.

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    Geode Mobile

    Geode Mobile

    Lia Griffith

    Capitalize on the geode/crystal trend by making your own--from paper. A few simple folds bring these geodes to life, and a contrasting pastel color palette makes them perfect for a baby mobile.