As some readers know, I've been preparing some posts in honor of my friend Dee who recently revealed she's having a baby. While researching modern nurseries, I came across this striking, streamlined baby's room created on a budget by Stephanie Mitchell of Orangevale, Calif.
Here's Stephanie's instructions for how to make your own:
I wish I could take full credit for this mobile but true credit belongs to the folks at Spool. I found this post while searching for creative mobiles on and knew it was perfect for our nursery.
The birds are hand sewn from two contrasting fabrics, you can download the pattern and view sewing instructions here.
Rather than suspending the birds in way shown on the Spool blog, I decided to do something a little more natural with a full branch instead of sticks. The birds are hot glued to the branch and the branch is suspended from the ceiling with clear string. You can secure it to the ceiling with eyelet hooks that you screw in. Just make sure the screw is long enough to remain secure (don't use those little tiny ones).
Though the clear string is nearly invisible I would recommend using wire instead as the clear string is plastic and is hard to knot therefore not as secure. If you do use the clear string place a bead of hot glue on the knot to hold it securely.
The great thing about this mobile is you can spend as much or as little as you would like. Depending on the kinds of fabric you buy, if you use a "decorator" branch or find one. You can also look in vintage stores for cool prints and fabrics or raid a friend's closet who sews. All you really need is a small corner of fabric. The cost for the materials to hang it is about $5, mostly because you will have to buy a little more than you will need. The hooks and wire come prepackaged but if you have some spares at home you won't need to buy them.
Thanks Stephanie for the great inspiration! And check out the art, which Stephanie made using a canvas she found at a thrift store. Great job.