If you are only going to make one project for your baby’s room, this is it!
When I thought about decorating my son’s nursery, my DIY spirit tempted me to take on a long list of projects. Realizing that I should focus on simplicity over quantity, I opted to commit to a single project.
What project inspired me most?
I liked the idea of my baby peacefully enjoying a unique mobile that created just for him.
I selected this project after some disappointing shopping. I didn’t see a single mobile that I liked. To begin, I wanted something with a nice look both from the side (for me) and beneath (for baby). Also, I wanted soft colors (for my clean aesthetic) but something eye-catching (for the baby). I wanted it to feel organic but, I needed it to be motorized.
The resulting project was my solution.
How to Make a Felt Star Mobile
Time Required: 45 Minutes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Fabric Scissors
- Mobile Hanger (model pictured)
- Mobile Motor (model pictured)
- White paper or thin cardboard
- White string
- Royal Blue Felt (2 sheets)
- Dark Grey Felt (2 sheets)
- Light Grey Felt (2 sheets)
Making a felt star mobile requires a trip to the craft store and a little online shopping.
Step 1: Cut Out Stars
I traced and cut out stars on white copy paper. However, you could buy pre-cut stencils for any shape.
Step 2: Cut Felt Stars
I cut out the stars from the selected felt colors. You’ll need 2 sides for each shape. So, I cut the following:
- 20 small light grey stars
- 20 medium dark grey stars
- 10 large blue stars
Make sure you keep the fabric scraps in a pile to use as stuffing later.
Step 3: Create the Blue Stars
These stars hang at the bottom of each strand. Using your scissors, poke a hole in the middle of 5 stars. Then, thread the white string through. Stuff each star using fabric scraps and seal it with hot glue. In the end, you should have 5 strings with a big blue star at the bottom.
Step 4: Add the Grey Stars
Add the grey stars one at a time. They can be spaced about 2 inches apart. You can measure them evenly or vary them for an organic look.
Keep each star in place on the string with a dot of hot glue. Then, glue both sides together around the edges.
Repeat this until you’ve added all the stars for each strand.
Step 5: Assemble the Mobile
In the end, you should have 5 strands with 5 stars on each. Hang these from your mobile kit by tying a knot on each end. You can hang them evenly or vary the heights.
I chose to vary the lengths for a more whimsical an organic look.
I attached the mobile to the ceiling using a 3M hook. The small motor plays music and spins the motor. This light-weight mobile spins with the breeze or when the motor is on.
Let’s See Yours
In the end, I created an simple felt star mobile that my baby loves. You can see how this concept can be changed for different colors and shapes. It’s light-weight and whimsical to perfectly match the feel of the room.
I’d love to see how you decorated your child’s room. Leave a link to your favorite projects in the comments.