DIY nursery crib hanging mobile plans

Updated April 17, 2017

Delicate effort is put into decorating a nursery, because it will nurture the mind of your infant for months or years. Since infants don't spend much time hanging out in their room outside of the crib, the items surrounding the crib are the most important. The mobile hangs right above your baby's head; this will be what your child has for entertainment while she lies in her crib. Make this vital addition special by creating your own custom design. These are easy to make and are just as safe when secured properly.

Measure the edge of the 30 cm (12 inch) diameter embroidery circle. Use the utility knife to cut two 30 cm (12 inch) long strips of balsa wood to fit the width of this edge. Form a cross with the two strips of wood in the embroidery circle. Secure the ends to the circle with wood glue.

Cut a 2.5 cm (1 inch) stub of balsa wood; apply it upright in the centre of the balsa wood cross. Cut four pieces of balsa wood 1/2 inch thick and 15 cm (6 inches) long. Mark the inside of your circle every 23.4 cm (9 3/8 inches). Glue one end of each of the four balsa wood strips to these marks. Glue the other end to the 2.5 cm (1 inch) peg in the centre. This forms a short pyramid structure with the embroidery circle and upright peg.

Cut a hole in the centre of your fabric piece to fit over the centre peg of the mobile frame you've created. Stitch the hole to avoid fraying. Drape the fabric over your mobile. Glue it to the outside rim of the mobile; leave to dry. Trim all but 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of excess fabric hanging from the mobile frame. Glue the extra 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) to the inner rim of the frame. Use a piece of ribbon and hot glue to create a clean border for your nursery mobile. Simply line the bottom edge of the embroidery circle with your ribbon.

Stitch the nylon string into the top of the stuffed animal heads or mobile attachments. Sew the string snuggly around the embroidery circle itself. Nylon string is clear and will make the animals look like they're floating. If you have other objects to hang, you can use a hole-puncher to create a hole.

Use a stud finder to find a stud in the ceiling. Create a hole slightly smaller than the screw on the ceiling hooks with a drill bit. Insert the ceiling hook and chain. Attach the chain to the mobile around the top of the pyramid with another metal hook so it can spin. Keep the mobile out of reach.

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery circle
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Balsa wood
  • Wood glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  • Nylon string
  • 4 small stuffed animals, lightweight pieces less than 10 cm (4 inches) tall
  • Stud finder
  • Drill bit
  • Drill
  • Chain
  • Ceiling hooks
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