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DIY baby mobile

Filed Under: home decor, household hacks, kids

wire hanger mobileHigh contrast colors captivate and hold baby's attention better than the softer colors that we might find appealing. This sharp contrast is easier for them to see and far more stimulating. You'll notice that many of the new mobiles have come away from pastel moons and stars and adopted black, white and red images with basic shapes and patterns. These modern mobiles can run you a pretty high bill. Why not skip the baby boutique, grab a few supplies from home, and make your own high contrast mobile.

In my post 8 uses for wire clothes hangers, a baby mobile is one of the suggestions. Here's one of those ideas in action: A high contrast baby mobile using only things you'll have around the house.

  1. Printer
  2. Wire hangers
  3. Duct tape
  4. Cardboard
  5. Glue
  6. String
Basically, you'll be suspending these patterns from the wire hanger so that it can entertain over baby in the crib. Take a look through the full instructions no how to construct the baby mobile. You might already have some images in mind, but if not, print out some of these black and white shapes. One commenter suggests that you could use back and white pictures of Mom and Dad, or other important people in the baby's life. At first I thought it sounded a little creepy, but I actually think it would be very stimulating, and probably more interesting to look at a familiar smile than a geometric shape.

The author here was making the mobile for a five week old, so he is obviously not going to reach up and get into trouble with the string. Still, if you're thinking long term, or considering an older baby, you might want to try zip-ties instead.

What homemade creations have you conceived for baby's room?


  • Stephanie

    Oh that's so cute! Where do you come up with this?Wow what a great site, glad I saw this it was so helpful. Have you read about, another great website! Keep up the good work!

  • Erik Dahl

    Its pretty funny when your own work shows up digested a year later in your RSS reader. It was a fun little afternoon project, and even won me an instructables t-shirt. I'll post a link to this article on my blog later today. thanks for finding this and thinking it was worth re-visiting.

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