How to Make Your Own Crib Mobile

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Laura Gee

    About the Author

    Laura Gee has a B.A. in history and anthropology, but now spends more time blogging and producing web content. She has worked and/or trained as an illustrator, crafter, caterer, yoga teacher, child-care provider and massage therapist, and she loves to travel when she gets a chance.

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    From an early age, babies enjoy staring at bold visual patterns. Learning to make your own crib mobile can save you money and give you a fun creative project, while providing your baby with hours of simple stimulation, plus a distraction during processes like diaper changing and dressing. You also have the option of changing the images as baby matures, or just to avoid boredom. Read on to learn how to make your own crib mobile.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper
    • Computer and printer, markers, or paint
    • Scissors
    • Wire hangers or heavy gauge wire
    • Needle nose pliers
    • Wire clippers
    • String, yarn or fishing line
    • Glue (optional)
    • Hole punch (optional)

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    Use regular wire or straighten out wire hangers, which will be easier if you clip off the hook parts first. Make several gently curved pieces about 12 inches long. Use the pliers to create a small loop in each end of each length of wire.

    Tie a sturdy piece of thread, yarn or fishing line to the middle of one of your lengths of wire. Tie the same piece of yarn to the middle of the second wire, about an inch away from the first. Repeat this process with all of your wires.

    Make your own crib mobile images. You can cut out pictures from magazines or books, print designs from the Internet or visual software, or draw them yourself. Tiny babies love simple black and white patterns, while older babies can see smaller details and also enjoy bright colors. Cut your images out in any shape. If you want, you can make a set of images for now and another set to swap in later. Make a back and front for each image by using both sides of the paper or by gluing two pieces together.

    Attach the images to the wire loops by punching holes in them and tying them on strings, or by gluing the strings on or between the two sides of the images. Make the strings as long as you want -- tying the images near the ends of the wires is fine, but having a variety of lengths is generally more interesting.

    Decide where to hang the mobile and adjust the length of the main string accordingly. Tie the end to a fixture or make it into a loop that you can hang from a hook.

    • Besides flat pictures, you can attach other things like pieces of origami or lightweight toys to the ends of the strings.
    • Make sure the mobile will be just out of baby's reach so that it's easy to see, but the art materials and strings don't create a hazard.