How to Make Bird Mobiles

Written by erin ringwald
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How to Make Bird Mobiles
Use different colours of fabric to make your bird mobile. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Although mobile are usually used to hang above a baby's crib as a source of entertainment, they can also be used for decoration inside and outside your home. Regardless of where you intend to hang your mobile, if you have a bird motif, you can make your own mobile at home for decoration. With just a few pieces of fabric, dowel rods and ribbon, your own mobile will be completed in little time and for little money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poster board
  • Fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Cotton batting
  • 1/4 inch wide fabric ribbon, 28 inches long
  • 2 dowel rods -- 12 inches long each
  • 2 eye screws
  • String, 36 inches long

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  1. 1

    Draw an outline of a bird onto a piece of poster board. The bird can be any size and any shape; however, 3 inches to 5 inches makes a good size. Cut out your outline. Use your cut out outline to trace the bird shape onto pieces of fabric. You can use one type of fabric for each bird or mix and match the fabrics. Draw two outlines for each bird. You need five whole birds total.

  2. 2

    Cut out your birds from the fabric. Place two of the fabric cutouts together, right sides of the fabric facing one another. Pin the pieces of fabric together. Use a needle and thread to sew the two pieces of fabric together with a 1/4 inch hem all around. Leave a 1 inch gap along the seam. Repeat this until you have sowed all 5 birds.

  3. 3

    Turn the birds right side out by pushing the fabric through the 1 inch gap you left. Use this gap to stuff cotton batting into each of the birds. Turn the hem inward along the gap and use a needle and thread to sew it up.

  4. 4

    Cut four pieces of 1/4 inch wide fabric ribbon into five inch lengths. Cut one piece of 1/4 inch ribbon into a 8 inch length. Choose ribbon that complements your bird fabric. Use a needle and thread to attach one piece of ribbon to the top of each bird.

  5. 5

    Place two dowel rods onto your work surface into a cross pattern. Twist and eye screw into the centre of the dowel rods to attach them together.

  6. 6

    Use a drill to make a hole in the each end of the dowel rods. Feed the end of 5 inch ribbons into the four holes and tie them off. For the 8 inch ribbon around the cross section of the dowel rods.

  7. 7

    Twist and eye screw into the ceiling where you want to hang your mobile. Feed a 36 inch piece of string through the eye screw and tie the end off. Tie the other end of the string to the eye hook in your mobile. Adjust the length of the string to get your desired height.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more rustic look, utilise sticks from outside instead of dowel rods.
  • If desired you can add features to your birds using doll eyes or feathers.

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