Babies spend a lot of time lying on their backs. Improve their experience and your nursery’s décor with these homemade mobiles to suit a range of styles, from contemporary to shabby chic to dinosaur cool (yeah, we made that up. But if kids made the style categories, you’d better believe they’d include it). And these aren’t just for kids. Mobiles are huge right now, and if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a Flensted, these 14 do-it-yourself models are exactly what you need:
14 mobiles that children and adults will love
Pottery Barn Nursery MobileA nursery full of Pottery Barn products means two things: you’ve got good taste and loads of disposable income. But frugalistas know there’s another way. This Pottery Barn-inspired wreath is not only cheap, it’s quick, too.
GET THE FREE INSTRUCTIONSJulie Banner
Photo MobileBabies like black and white images, so give them what they want. Fill yours with pictures of their relatives, working scenes of doctors and lawyers, or anything else you want them to know and love.
GET THE FREE INSTRUCTIONS Natalme
Bird MobileA little bird told us that paper, string, sticks and an appreciation for all things whimsical are all it takes to create this pretty little mobile.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSThe Love Bugs
Felt AirplanesDreams take flight with this air travel-inspired mobile. Available from Etsy, the instant download PDF lets you start your project ASAP. Suitable for beginner needleworkers.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONS, $6.84, Etsy MaisiMooNZ, Etsy
Better Than a Paint Chip MobileOmbre paint chip mobiles are popular DIY options, but it takes a long time (or a lot of nerve) to get all the swatches you need from the hardware store. Save the effort and create a larger, fuller mobile with inexpensive cardstock instead.
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6. Pom pom chandelierJust like your new baby, this labour-intensive mobile is totally worth the effort. Hip hip hurray!
GET THE FREE INSTRUCTIONS Bar Rucci
Woodland Animal OrnamentsYou don’t have to raise your little Canadian in the woods to inspire her appreciation for nature. Best of all, these woodland animals will pair perfectly with her plaid crib set set, because we know you wanna.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONS, $7 at Etsy ArksAndAnimals, Etsy
Dino MobileThere’s nothing like a cuddly pterodactyl to brighten a baby’s day. Bonus, the PDF sewing instructions also come with a set of matching dinosaur prints!
GET THE INSTRUCTIONS, $22 at Etsy FeltMagic, Etsy
Space MobileThe stars are the limit for your baby with this outer space inspired mobile.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONS, $8, Etsy FeltMagical, Etsy
Owl MobileOwls are cyclically fashionable, and there’s a reason they keep popping up. From the macramé owls of the '70s to today’s understated hooters, these wise birds are just what the nursery ordered.
GET THE PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD, $6.22, Etsy wrimple, Etsy
Up, Up and Away MobileWhether you make them monochromatic, black-and-white, ombre or rainbow, these customizable balloons can be crafted to suit a range of colour schemes. GET THE FREE INSTRUCTIONS Happiness is Homemade
Rainbow Rain MobileThese colourful cloudbursts will ensure a steady rain of style, and all for less than than $15 worth of supplies!
GET THE FREE INSTRUCTIONS The Baker Family
Brown Bear and Friends MobileInspired by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s popular book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, this mobile is sure to turn your child into a literary genius (or, at the very least, it'll entertain him or her in style).
GET THE PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD, $14.92, Etsy MicheleMatheny, Etsy
Butterfly MobileYou could certainly make a butterfly mobile all by yourself, but if you’d like to avoid cutting and stringing hundreds of paper pieces, this kit does the hard work. Simply find a stick, assemble and enjoy.
GET THE KIT, $42.21, Etsyyoungheartslove, Etsy