After the Kiddo was born, I knew I definitely wanted to put some homemade touches in her room. One project that didn’t seem too overwhelming with a brand new baby in the house (thank goodness for those newborn naps!), was a mobile.
I was on quite a bird kick at the time (oh, who am I kidding, I’m still on a bird kick), and they turned out to be a nice simple shape to work with, considering what I had in mind. So heck, let’s put a bird on it!
I began by doodling, like most things. Once I had my bird shape broken down to something as clean and simple as possible, I could start cutting into some felt.
Felt is your friend people. It is so affordable, can be purchased everywhere from craft stores to dollar stores — as the birds say “cheeeap, cheeeap, cheeeap”. (Sorry #notsorry).
A pair of good scissors, a trusty glue gun, needle and yarn will finish the little guy.
If you wanted something even more simplistic, you could skip the sewn decorative edge…
Sew up two identical bird cut-outs, grab your glue gun, slap on a couple of wings, add that adorable little heart, and presto, you got yourself a bird.
Five little guys later, it’s time to get to the mobile part. I found my bunch of twigs in the decor section of Wal-Mart, but of course if you’re lucky enough, you can go in your backyard — whatever you can get your hands on. I decided to spray paint mine white, but natural would look great too! I gathered them on one end, tied them with string, and reinforced the string with a few dabs of glue from the glue gun.
I attached the string for the birds by winding it around a twig, and again reinforcing it with glue.
The only thing left is to get those little birdies into their nest. (glue some string to the birds). I hid a dot of glue behind the wings to attach the string.
Two chairs will do quite nice for helping you hang them all, pick the appropriate string lengths, and give a safe place for everything to dry.
Next, a ceiling hook in the nursery hangs the new addition in place, and she’s all ready for the little one to enjoy. We’ve got it hanging over her reading nook — I admit, as a new Mom, I was weary of hanging anything with smaller pieces, and string, directly over her crib. But, 2 years in, the mobile is still in perfect condition. Always use extra care and thoughtfulness when considering the placement of a homemade mobile. This is certainly a decorative object, and not meant for baby to handle.