For soon to be parents, affordable nursery decor isn’t always easy to come by. Some items you might want to purchase new, some can be borrowed or secondhand and others might be easier
if you make them yourself. A baby mobile is one of those items we recommend making as there’s endless possibilities to customize and can serve as a meaningful keepsake once your baby leaves the crib.
If you think making a baby mobile is hard, follow this tutorial for an adventure-themed DIY baby mobile which can be put together in 12 simple steps. With a short list of materials and cute stencils including a snowy mountain, llamas, cacti and the moon, this gender-neutral mobile is sure to entertain your little one. Shutterfly also includes step-by-step images and printable instructions for an easy and quick assembly.
Although the colors are quite universal, you can easily customize to fit any color scheme in your nursery by simply selecting different colored felt sheets. Use paint to add detail and dimension to each of your shapes. If you’re feeling creative, try making shapes of your own to create a mobile unique to your nursery’s theme and decor.
If you want to learn how to make this colorful baby mobile, keep reading!
- Fishing wire
- Glue gun
- Printable stencils
- Two 10 inch dowels
- Fiber fill
- Fabric scissors
- Push pins
- Stencils: Click here for a printable version for the stencils
Scroll down each step of the process below. Don’t forget to get the printable stencils above under the materials section.
Step 1: Print and cut out all stencils including the smaller, detailing pieces.
Step 2: Pin your stencils to the felt. To cut down time, pin the stencils to two felt sheets as you will need two of each shape.
Step 3: Use fabric scissors to cut out each piece. Don’t forget to cut out two pieces of the smaller details as well.
Step 4: Glue the front and back pieces together leaving a small opening.
Step 5: Stuff your shape with two handfuls of fiber fill.
Step 6: Seal the opening and glue on the smaller details. Use paint to add dimension to your shapes. Allow the paint and glue to dry.
Step 7: Glue your dowels together at the center in the shape of a cross.
Step 8: Secure the dowels with twine by wrapping it at the center. For added detail and color, you can also decorate the ends with the same twine.
Step 9: Once you’ve decided how to arrange your pieces, thread your felt pieces through the center with some fishing wire.
Step 10: Glue the stuffed felt shapes to secure them where you want them to hang on the wire.
Step 11: Tie a strand of fishing wire to each dowel and glue to secure.
Step 12: Using the same twine, hang your baby mobile and enjoy!
Printable Stencils: Click here for a printable version for the stencils
For a complete adventure or safari-themed nursery, pair this nursery with pops of color and natural elements. This can include a wooden chair and crib, stuffed animals, a bright throw blanket and animal print pillows. Soothing and calming paint colors like white, beige or soft green also go perfectly with this theme.
Putting together a gender-neutral nursery allows you to think outside the box and gives you many opportunities to get creative with decor, themes and colors. Start with the basics like selecting a color scheme and purchasing essential furniture and build your dream nursery from there.
Original version: Shutterfly (Used with permission)