This was originally made for Natural Mother Magazine, but I thought I’d share it with you here too!
Step 1- Collect all of your supplies. There is a printable version of the design here (mobile). For this printable mobile, you will need scissors, glue, a stick (any stick from outside will do), string (my little boy chose pink for ours), and the two sheets of printed designs.
Step 2- After cutting all your pieces, arrange them with their front and back pieces in a style you like best. I recommend the clouds be near the top and then the rest of the designs can be placed how you choose! In other mobiles, it seems to work best if the larger pieces are towards the top. This helps to balance out the mobile.
Step 3- Cut the pieces of string you need to use. You’ll see in the photos how we decided to use the string and arrange our pieces. Be sure to tie a knot at the end of each strand, whether using this pattern or any other mobile variation. This will keep the pieces from sliding down!
Step 4- At this point, your child can help you to glue all of the pieces together. We applied glue to the white side of the back pieces. Make sure to use something that is non-toxic and be sure to supervise. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy and be sure to have fun with this!
Step 5- Apply the string to the side covered in glue, again have fun! It’s totally alright if some of your shapes are a little crooked or things don’t match up just right. You want to be sure your babe’s mobile is unique to them.
Step 6- Apply the fronts to all of the pieces. Press firmly and rub the piece down. Odin thought this was a ton of fun and giggled each time he’d put the top piece on- he was even welcome to smack it down in the most dramatic way and it made him giggle even more. Do this to all of the pieces. After doing this to all of the pieces and attaching the strings to the stick, we cut a larger piece of string and tied either end to either end of the stick to use for hanging.
And the finished product! My little love thoroughly enjoyed swinging his new mobile around, so we quickly hung it up after we finished the project to be sure it would dry properly. Because of his age, I was sure to pre-cut all the pieces so that they were ready for him after he woke up. An Elementary aged child would be more than able to cut most of the pieces out alongside you. The PDF is free and printable, so feel free to make a few!