Today I’m sharing one of these projects that I’ve wanted to do for like 3 years. Every year around the holidays I ooooo and aaaaah over the overflowing bins of cute Christmas ornaments and think “these would be adorable as a baby mobile”. Well finally this year I did it! And today I’m sharing how.
Soft Ornaments: There are so many great soft, fabric ornament options out there. The hardest part of this project was curating just which ones I’d use, there were so many cute ones! I loved the bright colors in this little yarn lion, elephant and giraffe trio I let that set the tone for the rest of the design.
Something Sparkly: The sparkly gem-like pieces of my ornament are actually wrapping embellishments. I picked pink and blue to play off the bright colors in the ornament animals.
Embroidery Hoop: The base of the mobile is a 10″ embroidery hoop (the inside piece only).
Yarn: To wrap the hoop, create some pompoms and your hanging mechanism.
1 & 2: Wrap your embroidery hoop all the way around. This isn’t hard, but it takes a while! Tie it off at the end.
3: Create your yarn “spokes” by using four yarn pieces to tie off the the hoop.
4: Create two 24″ braided yarn strings. You’ll use these to create the hanging piece for your mobile.
5: Tie your yarn braids onto the hoop at the points indicated by the pink arrows. Take the time to make sure you’re pieces are of equal length so your mobile is level when you hold it up.
With your base finished, you’re ready to start adding on the ornaments!
1. Hang your ornaments. The positioning of these is totally personal preference. I just kept holding up my mobile to see the various lengths I should hang them at. Basically you want all the ornaments to hang at different lengths so they don’t block each other. Some I hung from the hanging string they came with. Others I made slightly longer by adding a piece of yarn so they’d hang lower.
2. The plastic ornaments came on their own strings. I cut those off and restrung them onto the yarn.
3 & 4. I created a little cluster of 4 of these crystal ornaments and tied that onto the center of the my hoop (at the center of the spokes).
5. I strung a few others into a dangling cluster and tied those onto the hoop where I still had some open spaces.
6. I tied one to each of the 4 hanging strings.
At this point, I was done adding ornaments, but I did have a few spots that I wanted to cover up all my yarn knots. So I created a bunch of small yarn pom poms (there’s about 7,000 You Tube videos on how to make yarn pom poms here) and tied them onto all the spots I wanted to hide some unsightly knot. So pretty much anywhere I’d tied on an ornament, I added a pom pom.
And then I added one big blue pom pom leftover from this project to the top of my hanging strings.
I hung the whole thing by looping some fishing line through the hanging strings and tying them onto a cup hook in the ceiling.
How stinking cute is that?!?! I mean I am usually my own worst critic when I make something but I have to say, this came out even better than I had pictured in my mind. I love that it’s fun, bright and colorful – perfect for capturing a little one’s attention BUT that it could TOTALLY be changed into a serene, neutral piece with different ornaments.
Seriously, if you’re expecting or have a friend how is, this is a great project. I made the whole thing for less than $20! If you make one, send me a picture! My brain is spinning with all the different versions you could make. And because I actually have no need for this mobile, I’m giving it away! Enter below.
Hope you’re all surviving these hectic last few weeks before the holidays and are slowing down long enough to enjoy them!