When we were expecting our first child, we went into a very creative nesting process indeed. We spent weeks making over one of the bedrooms in our house until it looked like a lovely fairytale place fit for a little prince or princess. It was very important to us, however, that we make as much of the room as possible, getting very crafty and DIY about the details of the room and the pieces we included. One of the things we loved the process of choosing the style and hand crafting the details of the most was the mobile that we hung over the crib!
Just in case you’re as in love with the idea of making your new baby a creative mobile as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the most creative and adorable ideas that we came across in our search!
1. Pretty beads and whimsical feathers
Have you started building a sort of dreamlike, whimsical aesthetic in your baby’s new nursery that involves a bit of sparkle and texture but also some elements of nature, so you’re looking for a DIY mobile that will somehow fit in well with all of those things? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Dreamkeepers made a stunning hanging mobile inspired by lovely dream catchers, featuring lovely, fluffy feathers and beads that hang down above the crib in a beautiful way.
2. Green leaves and felt flowers
Are you actually expecting a spring baby, so you’re looking for a DIY mobile design that will let you harness the beauty of the season they’ll be born in… without bringing allergens into the room? Then perhaps this lovely felted flower and leaf design outlined step by step on Lia Griffith is the kind of thing you’re looking for! We love the way they strung the leaves and blossoms and different heights so the piece looks almost like a lovely garden full of flower laden vines.
3. Colourful yarn wrapped balls
If you’re going to make yourself a mobile from scratch, would you definitely prefer to use whatever you’ve got easy, affordable access to? Well, if you’re an avid knitter or crochet enthusiast like we are, then we’d be willing to bet you’ve got lots of spare and scrap yarn to work with, which means you’ve got just about everything you need to make these fantastic yarn wrapped balls in different colours and sizes, all arranged like hanging decor from a base hoop. Get the full details for making one of your own like this on Homedit!
4. Raining flowers
Are you still thinking about how much you loved the two different spring themed hanging mobile ideas we’ve shown you so far but you’re just not sure you can choose between them because you’re actually such big fans of the elements in each one? Well, who ever said you have to choose between the two? Instead, we’d suggest taking a look at how Studio Barw made a beautiful spring mobile that has both blossoming flowers and crystal bead raindrops hanging down. Honestly, we’re feeling a little bit calmer just looking at this piece!
5. Felt moons and stars with wooden beads
If you’re going to hang something wonderful and friendly over your baby’s crib, would you rather theme it after the night sky so your baby has a calming sleep, even if they’re just taking an afternoon nap? Then we have a feeling this adorable moons and stars mobile, made of felt and lovely naturally stained wooden beads, might be your best choice! Made It guides you step by step through the process of stringing it up so it hangs perfectly.
6. Happy DIY owls
Would you rather make your baby a little animals themed mobile but, since it’s a hanging mobile, you think birds might be the best bet? Well, we’ve seen plenty of adorable designs that featured cute flying friends, so we’ll totally support you in that creative choice! Take a look at how Tracy DIY Mom made these cute little hanging felt owls that look like they’re flying around the room in a gust of wind and leaves.
7. Hot air balloons
Are you actually quite experienced in hand stitching, to the point that you feel quite confident making something a little more detailed and intricate? Well, if you’re feeling up for a slight challenge without taking on too much at once, we think perhaps you might be the perfect person to give this adorable hot air balloons mobile outlined step by step on How Joyful a try! We love the way they also included a few fluffy looking clouds to really drive the aesthetic home.
8. Paper lantern bunches
Despite the fact that you’re set on the idea of making some kind of ceiling hang decor, are you open to different designs and constructions than just the kinds you’ve seen hanging above the crib itself? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at how The Fancy Life created a cluster of awesomely bright, super textured paper lanterns in different sizes for a sort of celebratory looking piece.
9. Colourful card stock circles
Despite the fact that you’re decorating a baby’s nursery, are you actually quite intent on making something that follows a slightly darker colour scheme and perhaps a more minimalist design? Then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Decor and The Dog made these adorable little paint chip circle garlands in different sizes and coordinating colours! Who says babies can’t appreciate the visual appeal of a little artistic shape and colour expression?
10. Paper butterfly chandelier
Does the idea of creating simply shaped cut-out mobiles actually really appeal to you but you think you’d much prefer a lighter colour scheme and perhaps a fancier looking, more whimsical shape? In that case, we think these lovely little creamy coloured card stock butterflies might make a better mobile for you and your little one! Michelle Brunner shows you how to make a much denser mobile with many more hanging shapes so that you really create a whole impressive flock of butterflies.
11. Simple Sunny Birds
Just in case you’re still totally enamoured with the idea of adorable little shapes in a simple cut-out or silhouette style but you just haven’t quite seen a shape that’s kept your attention yet, here’s another little avian themed design that also gives you an additional bird alternative to the felt owls we showed you earlier on our list. The Love Bugs shows you how to cut the right shapes and put them together to make the little birds. We love the way they crossed two branches at the top to make the base of the mobile, as though one of the birds might flit up and land delicately on one of them at any moment.
12. Bright pom pom chandelier
Did your ears perk right up when we started talking about mobiles made of yarn but you’re actually not sure the wrapped, soaked, and structure yarn balls we showed you earlier are quite the kind of project you’re looking for? Well, if you’d prefer something a little more unique and kitschy than anything we’ve shown you so far, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Small for Big made this totally funky, brightly coloured mobile from differently sized yarn pom poms. We love how great a scrap yarn craft this design makes!
13. DIY yarn stars
Just in case you’re having trouble choosing between the super fun yarn ideas we’ve shown you so far but also the adorable night sky idea that would make any bedtime a nice time, despite the fact that you’re not really a sewing enthusiast, here’s an awesome combination idea that will let you make adorably colourful wrapped yarn stars instead! Audra Kurtz guides you step by step through the process of yarn wrapping an embroidery hoop as the base and creating cute little dangling stars to hang at the end of each wrapped section.