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By Heidi Kundin

Visual stimulation is vital to an infant's development and babies love to gaze at swaying object as they drift off to sleep!  Why not make your baby’s mobile personal and colorful by creating it yourself?

Materials: 10" embroidery hoop (inner ring only), string/fishing line, paper, scissors and glue*

Begin by choosing a color palette and theme for your mobile. If you wish to use a different theme, choose shapes that are symmetrical in order to create a three dimensional effect. Mix it up!

Directions:

  • Paint your embroidery hoop and allow to dry.
  • Cut six lengths of string approximately 20" long each.
  • Cut your shapes out of paper: For each two dimensional object (clouds and raindrops) that will hang on your mobile, cut two identical shapes to serve as the front and back sides. For each three dimensional object (hot air balloons), cut 6 shapes and fold each one in half.
  • To assemble two dimensional objects: sandwich a section of string between two matching shapes and glue them together.
  • To form three dimensional objects:  Join two shapes together by gluing the right half of one to the left half of another. Make sure that the edges are lined up. Continue gluing the remaining shapes together, and insert a length of string for hanging before gluing your final pair of shapes.
  • When all your items have been adhered to your lengths of string, tie the ends around your embroidery hoop and secure with a double knot. Make sure that the items are evenly spaced and balanced around the hoop to ensure that it will hang correctly.
  • Use string or ribbon to hang your mobile from the ceiling.

* Note: Rubber cement works well for this project because it does not wrinkle paper, and it allows time to line up the edges of your shapes perfectly. Use rubber cement in a well-ventilated area.

Heidi Kundin is the mom of 3 and author of www.happinessishomemade.net