DIY Baby Mobile

A few weeks ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for my niece, Amanda. This is her first baby and I wanted to get her something special as a gift.

I noticed she had a super-cute mobile for the crib on her gift registry. Since it was wildly expensive, she’d added a note that if someone crafty could make something similar, she’d be happy with whatever they could create.

The idea of making something that resembled the mobile she liked didn’t seem too daunting, so I decided to give it a try.

I discovered you can order the crib mobile hardware, along with the music box (because the one that came with the hardware only played one song), an inexpensive mobile I planned to pilfer parts from, and little horses in black and white to hang on the mobile.

It took less than hour to make and she absolutely loved it. If you’d like to give it a whirl, here’s what you need.

SUPPLIES: 

  • scissors
  • darning needle
  • crochet thread  (I had CC test it out to make sure it would hold!)
  • four horses (or whatever animal you choose)
  • crib hardware
  • additional decor (I used stars from a second, inexpensive mobile)

Mobile supplies

DIRECTIONS: 

Step 1: Cut four pieces of crochet thread all the same length. I cut mine about 24 inches long.

 

Step 2: Thread the darning needle with crochet thread and anchor it to the back of one of the horses. I made about five stitches through the back to make sure it would hold should the baby ever decide to yank, tug, and pull on it.

Mobile attaching stars 1

Step 3:

Using the thread you’ve just attached to the horse, leave about 8-10 inches of thread, then anchor it in a star.

Mobile step 2

Step 4:

Once you’ve anchored the thread to one end of the star, poke it through the middle of the star and out the top where you’ll sew another anchor stitch (or tie the thread in a knot so it won’t slide up).

Mobile step 2a

Step 5: 

Leave the string on the end, then continue the process with the remaining three horses and stars.

Mobile step 3

Step 6: 

Using the long end of the thread, poke it down through the hole in one of the arms on the mobile. Leave about 5-7 inches of thread (you can vary the length so the animals hang at different heights) between the top of the star and the mobile arm then tie a strong knot (I  tied three square knots). Cut off any extra string then tuck the knot into the hole. Repeat with other horses and stars.

Mobile finished

Step 7:

Hang it up and admire your handiwork!

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