When designing Ellen’s nursery, I spent a lot of time figuring out crafty (for my happiness) and inexpensive (for Mike’s happiness) ways to decorate Ellen’s nursery. I found a great idea for a mobile at Dollar Store Crafts. I made one big adjustment (and a few minor) to their directions: I used plastic bulbs instead of glass (um…glass above her crib? no.) Anyway, here is what you need and how to do it!
I have been receiving emails asking about the mobile in the nursery post from last month. Luckily, I took some pictures of the process, and here is the tutorial.
12 gauge wire
Plastic bulbs (I found these at Joann Fabrics)
Filling for bulbs
1. Create a wire ring that will serve as the base for your mobile. I made a couple to see how big I wanted it, then went with the 10″ in diameter one, but you can make yours as big or little as you would like.
2. Chain stitch your yarn to be about three times the length of wire you used for your base in step one.
3. Wrap your chain stitch around the wire ring and tie off ends to secure.
4. Fill your bulbs with whatever you would like. Our theme is woodland creatures so I used more whimsical things: buttons, silk flowers, fake pearls and rhinestones, tissue paper, Easter grass and heart beads. Choose whatever you would like for your theme. This could be toy cars, figurines, colorful cotton, guitar picks or really anything you have lying around the house. I didn’t purchase anything to put in the bulbs; I just did some searching around our apartment.
5. Tie your bulbs to your wire base using the ribbon. To do this, loop the ribbon through the top of the bulb and then tie a bow or knot around the wire base. It will be a big loop that the bulb hangs from. I chose to make mine different heights, so I cut my ribbon different lengths as well.
6. To hang: Tie ribbons around the outside of the ring and gather at the top. Use a sturdy hook to secure to the ceiling.
There you go! A homemade and inexpensive mobile that you can personalize for any room!