My first baby is due in just a few short weeks, and I am in full nesting mode! In between organizing and getting the nursery ready, there are a few fun projects that I've been working on. Today I'm going to share how to make a mobile with you. This floral DIY baby mobile is actually so easy to make and customizable for any nursery theme! Read on to see how to make one for your little!
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Supplies for DIY Baby Mobile
- Mobile Wooden Frame (includes string)
- 1 inch Pink Felt Balls
- 1.18 inch Mustard Felt Balls
- .6 inch White Felt Balls
- Hot Glue Gun
- Tape Measure
- needle- I used the longest one in this packet
- optional: pliers
Step one: Make A Pattern
For this step I laid out all of the balls and started making little groups of flowers and color patterns. The felt balls I chose came in different sizes, so that the flowers would not be all identical. The white felt balls are the smallest ones, so they required more when being used as "petals" versus the other colors. I also liked putting a ball in between each flower grouping, so that it broke up the placement of each flower. My pattern (pictured below) essentially consisted of 4 pieces per string: a flower, a ball, a flower, a ball- alternating across the 4 strings in the mobile. I also created one more string to hang down the middle of the mobile, just to add dimension. This is not necessary though!
Step two: Glueing the flowers together
This step is so easy! Take the felt ball that will be the center of the flower, and add a pea sized amount of hot glue on the top middle. Glue the first "petal" felt ball to the center piece. Keep glueing petals around the center piece in a circle. The petals should be placed like Saturn's ring- so that the middle felt ball is centered with petals all around it. Keep glueing until each flower is complete!
Step three: Stringing the pieces together
Measure 2 feet of string and cut out 5 pieces, 2 feet each. Next, thread the string through the needle and make a knot on the very end of the string. Start by threading the bottom flower piece or ball through the string and work up the pattern. Tip: it will take a bit of effort to get the needle through the felt ball, so that is why I recommend using a sturdy needle, like the one linked above. If needed, use some pliers to pull the needle through!
I threaded through either the center and one petal or squeezed the needle just through the center piece- depending on where the petals were placed. The needle should go through each flower vertically and centered, so that the flowers are hanging on the string top to bottom (See photo below for reference).
The pieces should be about 1.5-2 inches apart on the string, and there should be almost 1 ft left at the top of the string- we'll get to that in the next step! Tip: if you feel like the felt balls aren't staying in place, dab a bit of hot glue at the bottom of where they are hanging on the string, this will help glue them in place.
Step four: Stringing the baby mobile
Take the 4 outer string pieces and thread them through the wooden mobile hoop. The hoop should be just above the first row of flowers/balls. Next, add the center string piece. At this point, there should be 5 strings of flowers in your hand, holding it from the very top. The center string piece should be pancaked in the middle of the outer 4 strings, and hanging centered down through the middle of the mobile. Play around with the placement of each string until fully satisfied with the way the strings are hanging. Once satisfied, tie all of the strings together into a sturdy knot at the top. The wooden hoop should be roughly 8 inches below the top knot.
Step five: Finishing touches
This last step is all about the little finishing touches on the mobile. To hang the mobile, I made a little loop out of string, and tied it under the main knot holding the mobile together (pictured below). The loop should be about 2.5 inches long.
At this point, it's probably going to look like a knotted mess! So in order to hide those knots, I took some extra string and started wrapping around the knots and the loop. I didn't measure the length of the string I used for this part, but I wrapped the string until I was satisfied with how it looked.
When finished I made a tiny little knot at the top, cut the excess string and hid the knot under the wrapped layers. I feel like this step definitely made the mobile look more put together and it was really easy.
Lastly, hang the mobile up to get a good visual of how everything is hanging. The wooden hoop may be sliding down and not staying in place. If this is the case, position the hoop exactly where desired (while it is still hanging) and dab tiny bits of hot glue where each string is threaded through the wooden hoop. This will stabilize the hoop and stop it from slipping. Tip: only use a small amount of glue for this part! I can't even tell where I glued it because I used just the tiniest amount.
If you find that any of the felt balls are loose on the string and moving- repeat the same step as above. Put a tiny bit of hot glue on the bottom of the felt piece so that it doesn't move. I only had this issue with one of my felt balls. All of the other ones haven't budged since I initially threaded them on.
Hang the mobile!
All finished! I hope that this post has inspired you to create a diy baby mobile for any of the babes in your life! Learning how to make a mobile is actually so much easier than I initially thought it would be and hopefully that is the case for you too!
How to Make a DIY Baby Mobile
- 1 Pair of scissors
- sturdy needle
- Tape Measure
- Pliers optional
- hot glue gun
- 1 Wooden Hoop
- White String
- 3 Packages of felt balls different sizes and colors
- Create flowers using the felt balls. Take one center ball and use 5-6 balls as petals for each flower. mix and match colors as desired. Make 10 flowers.
- Make a pattern for the mobile. Example: flower, simple felt ball, flower, simple felt ball. Repeat 4 different times. This will create the 4 strings hanging down on the mobile. Create an optional 5th string for the center of the mobile.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue the petals onto the center pieces, forming a full circle around the middle felt ball.
- Cut out 5 pieces of string, 2 feet in length for each piece.
- Thread the needle through the string, and tie a tiny knot at the bottom of the string, so the mobile pieces don't fall off once strung.
- Take the needle and push through the first piece vertically. If it is a flower, try to avoid the petals as much as possible, BUT if necessary, thread through the center ball and any petal that is in placed in the way. The flower should ideally be hanging vertical and centered on the string.
- Once all 4 pieces are on the string, space them out about 1.5-2 inches apart. There should be just under 1 foot left at the top of the string. Repeat for all 5 strings.
- Thread each of the 4 outer strings into the hoop wooden hoop. Take the center string and pancake it into the center of the other 4, from the top. Take some time to even out the strings and get the exact placement desired.
- Knot all of the strings together, so that the wooden hoop is hanging about 8 inches below the top knot.
- Create a loop about 2.5 inches long, and tie it so that it loops just under the top knot (creating a loop to hang the mobile).
- Take some extra string and wrap around the knots and the loop, hiding the knots. Keeping wrapping around the knots until they are fully covered and completely satisfied with the look. Make a tiny knot at the top and then tuck it under the wrapped string.
- Lastly, hang the mobile and position the wooden hoop exactly where desired. Take the hot glue gun and glue underneath the hoop where each string is threaded through. Use only a small amount of glue! This will stabilize the hoop and keep it centered. If any of the felt pieces are slipping on the string, repeat this same step of adding a tiny bit of glue just under each piece.
- Enjoy the mobile!!