1. 12” Embroidery Hoop 2. Felt Animals 3. Wood Craft Rings 4. Eye Hooks 5. Wood Beads 6. Clear Nylon Thread 7. Silk Cord
I got several requests on social media to share how I made the mobile in our soon-to-arrive little girl’s room, so here goes!
I’ve gathered a list of supplies and linked them above, but you will need a few additional tools.
1. Wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors 2. Basic handheld drill 3. Drill bit the thickness of the silk cording you chose 4. Sand paper 5. Flexible/sewing measuring tape 6. Wood glue 7. Craft paint (optional)
Step 1. Using a 12” Embroidery hoop (I used a 10” because I could not for the life of me get my hands on a 12” after going to multiple craft stores, multiple times!), remove the center hoop (the hoop with no metal)
Step 2. Using wire cutters or heavy duty scissors, cut the center hoop in half to make two equal parts
Step 3. Sand the rough cut edges using sand paper
Step 4. Mark the center of both hoop halves
Step 5. Using a measuring tape, measure and mark on both hoop halves where you want your silk cording to hang and drill holes
Step 6. Using the center marks, add a small amount of wood glue to the bottom hoop and attach the top hoop center using an eye hook creating and "X" with the hoops. If necessary, pre-drill a hole smaller than your eye hook to make this step easier
Step 7. Paint the multi-sized wood beads/wood rings if desired. For safety reasons, use a baby safe craft paint
Step 8. Measure, cut and attach your silk cording to the pre-drilled holes. I find varying the cord lengths adds more interest, but keep your mobile symmetrical. Keep in mind that the weight needs to be distributed evenly or your mobile will hang crooked
Step 9. Add beads and wood rings in desired pattern (again being symmetrical) in a way that there is no chance of the beads coming undone, causing a choking hazard
Step 10. Add felt animals (I used non-breakable felt ornaments from Target) if desired. Again, be sure these are attached in a fashion that will not come undone
Step 11. Attach an eye hook to the desired location on your ceiling
Step 12. Using the nylon clear thread (or fishing wire), cut and attach to the ceiling eye hook
Step 13. Attach the mobile to the clear thread hanging from ceiling, again, in a fashion that will not come undone.
PSA: Be sure the distance hung from the crib is unreachable to the child. THIS IS NOT A TOY. Your child should not be able to come into contact with the mobile or else the mobile needs raised up higher. This does pose as a choking hazard if the beads are not secured properly, so brush up on your knotting skills.
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