When planning out Annabelle’s nursery and registering, I searched high and low for a cute mobile to hang over her crib. I wanted something that would tie into the nursery colors and theme, but also provide some visual interest and contrast for the baby. I just couldn’t find anything that I liked!
One night my friend Meredith had me over to do some crafts for her son Henry’s first birthday party. We worked on creating a scrap ribbon garland (a small portion of which is pictured on this adorable instagram photo). I had so much fun making the garland that I used it as inspiration to craft my own mobile.
To start, I consulted this tutorial post from Project Nursery: Dress Up Your Nursery with this Darling DIY Mobile. I won’t go into specific details on how I crafted mine, because I pretty much followed their instructions exactly, but I did do a few things to make the project my own.
First, I couldn’t find any beads I liked so I opted to purchase wooden beads and spray paint them gold. I simply put them on a wooden kabob skewer and stuck it in a slanted part of our yard to be able to paint on all sides of the beads.
Also, instead of using just fabric scraps, I shopped the trim aisle at Hobby Lobby to add some more visual interest. My mom helped me choose out navy, pink and gold trim in rick rack, elastic and scalloped grosgrain to mix in with and coordinate with the fabric I had chosen. I personally think the rick rack really made the project.
The full details on the ribbons and fabrics I used with links are detailed in the supply list below. One question I had about the tutorial I linked to above was how much fabric and ribbon I would need. One yard of each fabric (I used three fabrics) and 2-3 spools of each trim were all I needed. I did have some leftover fabric, so I could have gone with 3/4 or probably even only a half yard.
I used a simple white cup hook that I had in my hardware box to hang the mobile from the ceiling.
I am so happy with the end result! It coordinates perfectly with my nursery, especially the pink and blue abstract art prints I purchased on Etsy and my Pottery Barn Kids bedding. (More on that in a nursery post, coming soon!) I also love that it’s something that I hand made especially for Annie.
Though she isn’t sleeping in her crib yet, I have caught her staring at it while I’m sitting in my recliner nursing. Keep reading for my full supply list and links!
- Vinyl Coated Screw-In Ceiling Cup Hooks
- Wooden Embroidery Hoop
- 2mm Jute Rope Trim
- Wood Beads
- Gold Spray Paint, Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
- 1 Yard Each of 3-5 Coordinating Fabrics
- Coordinating Ribbons/Trims
Photos by: Kelly Leeves, Captivating Life