I’m expecting a baby literally any day now, so I’ve been a busy bee setting up the house and the nursery. I’m also very cheap. So when Google-ing around for DIY baby mobile ideas, I was very excited to see the cool mobiles that could be made with simple paper circles. I’m sure there are many different ways to make this mobile, but the method I figured out was really easy. $15 and a few hours later, I love how it turned out, so thought I’d post a little tutorial… Enjoy!
To make this mobile you will need…
- An embroidery hoop (the one I used is 16″ in diameter)
- Invisible thread or fishing line
- Different colours of card or heavy paper
- A pin and a scrap of fabric
- A folded piece of cardboard
In addition, if you want to save a ton of time, I’d highly recommend picking up a circular punch from your craft store — they can be found in the scrapbooking section. I bought a 1″ circular punch for $10 and I’m so glad I did!
Start off by cutting circles out all your different colours of paper and keeping them seperated so you know how much you have of each colour as you go. You can always make more if you need to, but it’s nice to get this step out of the way up front. I cut circles out of approximately 8″ square pieces of 10 different colours of paper, but this is entirely up to you.
I’ve read that really young babies love bold contrasts, so you may want to include some white, black, red and yellow circles to get their attention!
The next step is to poke holes in each of your paper circles with a pin. I found an easy and neat way to do this is to put the paper circle on a folded up scrap of fabric and poke through with a pin – this way the circle doesn’t get bent or folded.
To start, I took two pieces of cardboard and taped them together to make a stand for my mobile. This allowed me to see the mobile hang as I was making it, and helped avoid getting the strands tangled up with each other.
Next, I took the outside part of my embroidery hoop off and put it aside. I strung pieces of my invisible thread across the middle of the embroidery hoop and tied them around the edges of the hoop so they stay put. (Remember that this is meant for someone looking up from below, so hanging strands from the centre of the hoop as well as the outside makes your mobile more visually interesting. You may even want to look up at your mobile as you go!)
Now it’s time to start assembling your mobile!
The idea is that you will create strands of paper circles and hang them from your embroidery hoop. For the strands of circles, I started from the centre of the hoop before doing the outside of the hoop. One by one, I took a length of fishing line, tied two knots at the bottom and threaded on a paper circle. Between each of the paper circles, I tied a knot that the next circle would sit on top of. I took a really random approach to the colours I used, but you could always follow a pattern or do a colour gradiant for an ombre effect. Once my strand was finished, I simply tied it to the fishing line I’d strung across my embroidery hoop.
This is what the centre of my mobile looked like before I started attaching strands around the outside of the embroidery hoop.
To finish off my strands, I tied them directly to the hoop spaced about 1″ apart. I chose to make the outside strands shorter than the centre ones because I liked the shape it made, but this is entirely up to you. The beauty of making this mobile on a cardboard stand is that you can see how it will hang as you go and can adjust your strands accordingly.
Once you are happy with how your mobile looks, you can close the outside part of your embroidery hoop around the mobile so it’s a bit more secure, and then hang it up! In my nursery, there’s a ceiling beam that I hung the mobile on using fishing line, so I’ll be able to adjust the height as needed.
And that’s all there is to it! This is just one way to make this mobile, but the possibilities are endless… I’ve seen pictures online that use little diamonds or birds rather than circles (you might get inspired by the different paper punches available). If you’d prefer to sew, you could do something similar by cutting circles out of felt or fabric and using a running stitch on your sewing machine to create your strands. Or threading together pom poms or little stuffed shapes could look really cool as well. I love how modern and non-babyish this mobile is — I’m actually thinking about making a version of this to hang over my kitchen table! (Although we’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling once baby is here!!)
I hope this tutorial was clear – please leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to help!