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.
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
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
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
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
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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Stars and Moon Mobile
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
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
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
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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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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.
Geode Mobile from Lia Griffith