Guess what?! Baby V’s bird mobile is officially complete and I’m proud to say that it is hanging up in her nursery! Insert (huge sigh of relief). I originally saw a mobile similar to this one on Etsy and loved it but I didn’t want to spend the money on something I knew I could do. The only problem? I couldn’t find a tutorial! But I’ve never let that stop me – so with the picture as my inspiration I got to work.
I will say that this took several nights to make but the main reason for that was I had to hand trace and cut out all of the birds and wings. If you have a Cricut or some type of punch then this will go much faster! Also, glue dots (at least the kind you peel off the paper yourself) are not for the faint of heart. I can’t tell you how many got stuck on my fingers so do yourself a favor and invest in the glue dot roller (scrapbooking section of a Hobby Lobby). I should have, but I didn’t want to make yet another run to the store. Silly me.
Below is the tutorial I’ve put together but if anything doesn’t make sense, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
DIY Bird Mobile
- Cardstock (4- 12×12 pieces. I bought 2 pink & 2 white)
- Glue dots (I bought Ultra Thin & Micro)
- 12” Embroidery Hoop
- Floral/Crafting wire (I found mine in the jewelry making section of Hobby Lobby)
- Clear Fishing Wire
- Ribbon & Tulle
First things first, determine how many birds you want to hang on your mobile. I broke mine down like this- there would be 1-six bird strand in the center, 4-five bird strands hanging from the inside cross-wire, and 4-four bird strands hanging from the actual embroidery hoop. You could do more, you could less. Add it all up, that’s 42 birds. However, you will need to cut double the amount of total birds to ensure they are sturdy. So I cut out 84 birds. Each bird has two wings; so trace and cut 84 wings, too.
Time to put the birds on the fishing wire. You’re basically making a bird sandwich with the fishing wire on the inside. Put your glue dots on one bird (I used three ultra thin Glue Dots and two micro Glue Dots per bird – the micro ones were for the beak and the others were for the center and tail of the bird) then lay the fishing wire on top. Next, put your second bird on top to trap the fishing wire between the two cut-outs. You’ll want to leave about 4” of space on the fishing wire between each bird.
I found it easier to glue on the birds’ wings after the birds were on the fishing wire.
Now, using your embroidery hoop and the floral/crafting wire, tie two wires across the hoop at the diameter of the circle to divide the circle into quarters. I then used the fishing wire to tie the wires together at the center so they would stay connected.
Time to tie your bird strands to the embroidery hoop! You’ll tie your 6-bird strand in the center, your 5-bird strands on the cross bars of the floral wire, and then your 4-bird strands to the actual embroidery hoop. This creates a tapered look. For the 5-bird strands, I also used mirco glue dots to prevent the strand from moving around on the wire.
Tie four strands of tulle (or any ribbon of your choice) on the embroidery hoop – this is what you will hang the mobile with. Lastly, and completely optional, glue ribbon around the embroidery hoop to make it look pretty.
There you have it! If anything is unclear, please leave a comment and I’ll help in any way I can!