DIY Custom Nursery Mobile

May 12, 2014
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First of all … I hope all you Mothers out there had a wonderful and relaxing Mother’s Day!  I know we had a great weekend around here!  Baby #3 did not decide to surprise me and arrive a week early to help celebrate Mother’s Day, however.  And we wait …

Secondly … we did make some great progress around here!  Maybe not as much as I would have liked, but good, steady progress towards finishing the bedrooms upstairs (the kiddo bedrooms, that is … ours has been left far behind in the dust for now).

Today, I’m sharing one project that is DONE!  Hooray!!  A DIY Nursery Mobile for the baby’s room.  Check it out:

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile  |  View From The Fridge

And a view from the very UN-finished room …

DIY Circles Baby Mobile  |  View From The Fridge

Nursery Mobile Complete!

 

A closer look:

DIY-Nursery-Mobile-sqt

 

Now … you may be thinking (at least Matt was when he first saw it) … it’s a bit, well … ‘girly’ if Baby #3 is a boy!  And, yes, I agree!  But … I have a plan!  I’ll get to that in a minute, but here are all the details of how to make one:

 

SUPPLIES:

First, here’s what you’ll need to make one:

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile | View From The Fridge

SUPPLIES

 

  1. Paper in your choice of colors
  2. Circle paper punch (or punches).  I used two different sizes of circles (thus I needed two different size punches), but you could easily make all the circles the same size.
  3. Embroidery Hoop (I used a 18″ quilting hoop from JoAnn)
  4. Dowel Rods.  I bought these at Michael’s or Joann (can’t remember).  They’re 3′ long each and 1/4″ around.  Because I need these dowel rods to stretch across the hoop twice (to make an X), I needed two because they each need to be slightly longer than your hoop size (in my case … slightly longer than 18″ each).
  5. Wood Glue
  6. Fishing line (I raided Matt’s tackle box and found some clear 8lb line that worked great).
  7. Measuring tape
  8. Drill
  9. Drill bits in two sizes:  One the same size as your dowels (in my case 1/4″), and one itty bitty bit (smallest you can find).
  10. Tiny clear beads (not pictured above).

 

PREPARE THE HOOP

First steps to making this mobile are to prepare the hoop.  Just warning ya … this involves quite a bit of measuring and some math.  Here’s how it goes down:

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile | View From The Fridge

STEPS TO PREPARE THE HOOP

 

Your hoop is going to need three sets of holes drilled into the outside.  Four holes for the dowel rods.  Four itty bitty holes for the fishing line that the hoop will hang from.  10 itty bitty holes for the circle strands to hang from.  Here’s how that happens:

  1. Measure the circumference (outside) of your hoop.  You could use math to find this (Diameter * pi), but it’s just as easy to wrap your tape around the outside and find it this way.
  2. Divide that number by 4, and make marks around the outside of your hoop at these evenly spaced intervals.
  3. Using the drill bit that is the same size as your dowels, drill four holes where you marked above.
  4. Next, drill the itty bitty holes.  First, make another 4 evenly space marks near the top of your hoop and drill tiny holes.  This is where the fishing line will be tied that the whole mobile hangs from.  Next, mark off 10 evenly spaced holes near the bottom of your hoop and drill itty bitty holes for your circle strands to hang from.
  5. Apply wood glue to the larger holes that you drilled and push dowels through holes.  Apply a little glue to where they cross in the center and hold in place with a clothes pin until dry.
  6. Spray paint!  I was too excited, apparently, to take a picture of this step, but it’s pretty self explanatory … paint all sides of the hoop and dowels white (or whatever color you want)!

MAKE THE CIRCLE STRANDS AND ATTACH TO HOOP”

While the spray paint is drying (I ended up using like 4 coats), make your circle strands.  I strongly suggest doing something else while you do this.  Something that doesn’t involve too much thinking, or the use of your hands (watching TV is a good option;  watching your kids was good in theory … except that it takes 3 times as long to finish).

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile | View From The Fridge

  1. Punch all your circles.  My mobile pictured here is made up of 10 strands of 6 circles each (the outer circles), and four strands of 8 circles each (the inner strands).  Therefore … I needed 94 circles total.
  2. Cut a 2′ piece of finishing line.  Tie a bead on the end.
  3. Using a needle, thread your first circle onto thread so that it rests on the first bead.
  4. Tie your next bead in place just above your first circle (roughly 1-2″ above your first circle).  Thread on your next circle.  Repeat for 6 circles.  Do this 10 times for the outer strands.  Do this same thing with 8 circles for the four inner strands.
  5. Tie your outer (6 circle strands) onto the hoop using he itty bitty holes you drilled near the bottom of the hoop (the 10 evenly spaced holes).
  6. Tie your inner (8 circle strands) onto the middle of each dowel rod (between the center and edge).

 

Customize after-the-fact to the baby’s gender:

Now … here’s where my plan comes in to customize this mobile once we know the gender (see bottom pictures in collage above).  Wherever I used a pink circle, I also threaded on a lighter mint colored circle.  It it’s a boy, I’ll {gently} rip off the pink circles leaving just the mint color circles in that spot.  If it’s a girl, I’ll leave the pink and rip off the mint.  Sounds good in theory, but we shall see …

 

HANG MOBILE

Thread four pieces of fishing line through the four itty bitty holes you drilled near the top of the hoop, pull tightly and hang from a hook.  It’s easy to adjust the length of each strand to make the mobile hang level.

That’s it!  The process is a bit tedious … lots of knot tying, circle punching and threading, etc, but it really is SIMPLE.  I love how modern it looks.  I love that you can customize the colors of the circles and hoop to match your decor.  I love that it’s cheap!!  Especially if you already have the circle punch(es).  I used to sell a bunch of these in my etsy shop.  I thought the profit margin was really good … they sold for arond $50, and the supplies only cost around $10.  However, when I figured out how much time each one took to make … between the drilling, glueing, spray painting, circle threading, etc… I just couldn’t justify it anymore!   I could, however, make the time to make just one more for baby #3!

 

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile | View From The Fridge

DIY Circle Nursery Mobile | View From The Fridge

 

OTHER PROGRESS AROUND THESE PARTS:

 

And, here’s a sneak peak at the other project that I completed this weekend for the nursery … the striped accent wall (more on this to come):

STRIPED ACCENT WALL IN THE NURSERY

STRIPED ACCENT WALL IN THE NURSERY

 

And, just for fun, a sneak peak at the accent wall in Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room (lots of accent wall painting in the last week, I tell you!)

OWEN AND CHARLIE'S BIG BOY ROOM SNEAK PEAK

OWEN AND CHARLIE’S BIG BOY ROOM SNEAK PEAK

 

UPDATED NURSERY TO-DO LIST:

Here’s the updated status of the nursery (see here for the original plans and budget):

  • Crib sheet sewn  … done (see here)
  • Changing pad cover sewn … done (see here)
  • Pom Pom Pillow ... done (see here)
  • Mobile ... done!!!
  • Paint striped accent wall … done!
  • Rug … decided to put the one we purchased in Owen and Charlie’s room … thus, still need one for the nursery.  (West Elm, please have a HUGE sale on this rug, like maybe … tomorrow?!?).
  • Curtains … purchased and hung (however, they’re looking a bit girly.  If it’s a boy, we’ll have to see it they can be ‘manned up’ a bit.
  • Knobs for dresser (have 4, need 8 more from Target).
  • Hang picture frames, shelves, and hooks.
  • Have lamp … need lamp shade.

Oh, and fill dresser with baby clothes and diapers!

6 days and counting until the due date!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Any last minute advice for my frantic nesting?  Advice for the last couple days of being a mom to TWO kiddos?  Last minute advice for a smooth and easy delivery (yikes … I’m getting nervous again!).

Updates and more nursery fun >>>>

Here are a couple other DIY Nursery Posts you might like:

Sew your own Crib Sheet:

Sew a Crib Sheet Tutorial | View From The Fridge

Sew Your Own Changing Pad Cover:

Sew a Changing Pad Cover Tutorial | View From The Fridge

Free Nursery Printables:

Free Nursery Printables at View From The Fridge


45 Comments

  • Reply Megan Walker May 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

    So adorable! I’m so excited for your new baby to come : )
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  • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Thanks so much, Megan!! I am getting really anxious and excited!! Can’t wait to meet this little man or little lady! Thanks for stopping by this morning!
    XO,
    Katie
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  • Reply Karen May 12, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Nesting was one of my fave parts of my pregnancy – I accomplished SO much in the last 2 weeks of each of my pregnancies lol. I almost wish I would get those urges to organize like that again. My delivery advice for you, deep breaths, that’s what helped me through both of mine :) Best of luck to you – can’t wait to hear that you’ve had the baby!!
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Karen!! I have accomplished a remarkable amount in these past couple weeks. Still quite a ways to go, though. Thanks for the advice! I’m starting to get a bit nervous again!! Have a great week!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast May 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Aww, I love this! What a cute idea. I’m going to pin to remember to make when I have a little one.
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  • Reply Betsy @ BPhotoArt May 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing how you made it :)
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  • Reply Yuliya May 13, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Gorgeous! I love the accent walls! We just bought a new house and I cannot wait to get started on painting, flooring, decorating, etc. I have a feeling once we get the key (less than two weeks!!), that you’re site is going to be a major source of inspiration. I love your projects!
    I love the idea for the mobile, as well. We actually have a room set aside for a nursery for a child that hasn’t been conceived yet. I’m pinning this for when the time comes :)
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  • Reply Jade @ Jonesin' For Taste May 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This mobile is so fun and adds such a great touch to the baby’s room. Those time consuming projects are always worth it for our own children.
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  • Reply Erin May 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This is so cute, Katie! Love all the colors and how easy it will be to change them according to the gender. Best of luck with your upcoming delivery! Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. Can’t wait to see what you have :)
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Thanks, Erin!! I’ll keep you posted on baby #3 … Gender and all!! Hope you’re having a great week!

      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body May 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Katie, I love this mobile! And how GENIUS is it that you will be able to remove one color when you find out the gender. You rock! I just low how your nursery is coming together and LOVE your big boys’ accent wall. Take care of yourself! Saying prayers for baby #3’s safe arrival!
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks, Tasha!! I figured if I waited until after the baby is here to make the mobile, if never actually get it done!

      Thanks for the thoughts coming this way, too! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on #3!

      Hope you’re having a great week!

      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Jennifer-MommyLife After PhD May 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    This is so adorable! You are one crafty woman. No advice on my end, I would say sleep, but that never worked for me either!! Can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or a girl!
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! I would love to sleep now, except I can’t!! Between being uncomfortable and getting up to go to the bathroom every couple hours … I don’t exactly get a ‘good nights sleep’. Oh well! Looking through baby pictures these past couple days has gotten me really excited to meet #3!! Thanks for the comment. Hope you’re having a great week!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Katie @ Upcycled Treasures May 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This is so adorable! What a clever idea and super affordable too! Pinned :)
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Very affordable! I think I forgot to mention that in the post. It was super cheap … the best kind of projects, right?!! Thanks for stopping by and for the link party yesterday!

  • Reply Amanda (Moming About) May 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Wow. Did you do surprise gender with your first two kids? Also, now I don’t feel so bad about my last minute nesting. To be honest, I still have a few things to get done at almost 2 weeks postpartum. Of course, baby Luna hasn’t even slept in her nursery yet. She sleeps in her travel bassinet in our room with us. It makes night times sooooooo much easier. Best of luck with baby #3!
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    • Reply Katie May 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Amanda!! Oh …. I’m pretty sure I will have about 10 things that need to get done two weeks postpartum. Congrats on your little girl!! And, yes, my babies don’t seem to make it to their cribs until about 3 months old (not great advice, just how it turns out … I guess). We did find out the gender with the first two, so this is our first ‘surprise’ baby (gender, that is).

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY May 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Your idea of tearing out the pink circles is just genius! You’re getting so close! I can’t wait to see if baby #3 is a boy or a girl!
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    • Reply Katie May 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Katie!! I can’t wait to find out, either!! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply ang May 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This is just so stinkin’ adorable! I just love your creativity! Pinning!!
    ang

    • Reply Katie May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Ang! Now, if we could just get this baby to sleep in the crib before he/she is 4 months old to enjoy the mobile?!?!

  • Reply Amy @ItsAMindfulLife May 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    This mobile is darling! Also, I am loving the progress you are making on the nursery. It is so much fun!!!
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    • Reply Katie May 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! Nursery progress is s-l-o-w, but oh well, the main things I wanted are there … curtains, crib, dresser and changing pad. Eventually (probably when this baby is 3), it will be complete (I hope). Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Antionette Blake May 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty!
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  • Reply PJ May 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Did you use a command hook to hang your mobile? I did for a very similar paper mobile and mine fell! Mine wasn’t over the crib though so it wasn’t a big deal. They are such light mobiles and Command Hooks usually work great for me. Anyway, I am going to see if my mobile will stick the second time around.
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  • Reply Chari May 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is super cute! What a great project! Having a newborn, I am loving this! lol
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    • Reply Katie May 18, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Thanks so much, Chari! Congrats on your new little one! Wish mine would get here already :-)
      Have a great weekend!
      Xo,
      Katie

  • Reply Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife May 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    This is so cute! I think my baby boy would love it!

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    • Reply Katie May 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Thanks so much, Jennie! I’m hoping our baby will love it, too … Whenever he/she gets here!!!
      Have a great weekend!
      Xo,
      Katie

  • Reply T'onna Peters (Navy Wifey Peters) May 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Lovely mobile! I love the colors.

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    • Reply Katie May 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Thanks so much, T’onna! Can’t wait to see the baby that this is for, though!!! 2 days late and still counting …
      Have a great week!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Sondra @ Sondra Lyn at Home May 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    The nursery mobile is an awesome design! And I don’t think it looks too feminine at all! I’m Grandma to a little boy and I would definitely use this in his room. Thanks for sharing at Share it Sunday!
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    • Reply Katie May 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Thanks so much, Sondra! I think it will look much more ‘manly’ if I take off the pink circles! We’ll see … hopefully soon!!
      Have a great week!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Michelle from Weekend Craft May 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I love this! I actually make something similar every Christmas. I take all the cards that I have been sent and make them into garland. I hate throwing away cards so thats a way I can hang on to them while repurposing them.

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    • Reply Katie May 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

      HI Michelle,
      What a great idea for Christmas cards!! I just may have to use that idea this year. I hate throwing them away, too!

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney May 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    WOW Katie I can’t even believe you made this! it looks so beautiful and trendy. I would have loved to have had a mobile like this in the room for my boys. I hated the standard mobiles at the baby stores so I didn’t put one in until they were a couple months old. great job!
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    Thank you for linking up with us at Party in Your PJs last week. I wanted to let you know that I have featured your nursery mobile on this week’s party. It’s a really great project :)
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    Love this cute idea! Thank you for sharing at CAL link party :)
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