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Nursery Decorating: DIY Baby Mobile

When thinking about nursery decorating, you probably have realized that babies love mobiles. These decorations give baby something to look at and keep themselves entertained with. Mobiles stimulate the baby’s eyesight, helping the baby to sharpen his or her senses. Because baby gear gets expensive fast, a mobile might not make the must have list for an expectant parent. With a little craftiness and some time, you can create a custom mobile for your baby’s nursery. Never fear if you aren’t artistically inclined. Making this mobile is easy as hanging a Christmas ornament and tying some knots. Even better, this project will cost less than ten dollars and still look beautiful in the nursery.


  • Plastic Christmas Ornaments
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Ceiling Hook
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors

How to Make

  1. Pick your color scheme. Remember that babies like high contrast colors.
  2. Measure the ribbon. Cut 1 piece 30 inches long, 4 pieces 25” inches long, 4 pieces 20” long and 1 piece 15” inches long.
  3. Thread an ornament onto the longest piece of ribbon, centering the ornament on the ribbon.
  4. Put the ends of the ribbon together so that the ornament hangs from the center of the ribbon and tie the ribbon together with a slip knot 3 to 4” above the first hanging ornament.
  5. Thread another ornament onto the ribbon, this time threading both strands of the tied together ribbon through the ornament. The ornament should stop at the knot. Repeat this process one more time so there are three ornaments hanging on the strand. Tie the ribbon to the embroidery hoop.
  6. Repeat step 5 with the rest of the ribbon pieces. For the shorter strands, just hang one ornament from the center of the ribbon. Make sure the distance between the strands on the hoop is approximately equal and about 1” apart.
  7. Once all the ribbons are hanging from the embroidery hoop, trim an excess ribbon. Then cut a long length of ribbon and tie it to the hoop, trimming any loose ribbon ends. Wrap the ribbon around the hoop, totally covering the wooden hoop.
  8. Cut 2 additional equal lengths of ribbon. Cut the ribbon so that it is twice as long as the distance you want the mobile to be from the ceiling. Tie both ends of the ribbon to the hoop. Make sure the two ribbons form a cross when they are both secured on. Trim any additional ends.
  9. Hang the finished mobile from a hook in the ceiling.

Here’s the finished product!

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