This nursery mobile is charming and sweet, and so simple to make. It adds a tranquil touch to the nursery or anywhere you choose to hang it.

nursery mobile with flowers and hanging with ribbon
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A nursery should be a place of retreat and calm for both mother and baby. Countless lullabies, forehead kisses, bedtime stories, and tummy tickles will take place in this room.

With the right color scheme, furniture, books, and decor, you can create the perfect atmosphere for those special moments. A calming mobile is a finishing touch that completes the peaceful mood in the nursery. 

If you’re looking for nursery or children’s room inspiration, check out my five favorite kids decorating ideas, little girl’s bedroom ideas, and nursery decor. You’re sure to find ideas that will work for your room, too.

What Is a Mobile?

A mobile is a structure that is suspended from the ceiling, awning, etc. that can spin or gently move. Some of the first mobiles were chimes, sweetly ringing and moving in the breeze.

Mobiles can be made from any medium, including wood, metal, fabric, straw, and even paper. They can also be incorporated into any design style – traditional, cottage, modern, industrial, etc. Mobiles are even an art form, expressing design and style through balance and movement. 

In a nursery they are typically hung over the infant’s crib. It’s almost like a crown above the sweet baby. And it gives them something special and beautiful to look at as they’re falling asleep and waking up.

Another great feature of a mobile is its placement in a room. A lot of home design is right along the wall, like furniture and wall decor. A mobile is a great way to bring decor away from the wall to add visual appeal without taking up floor space.

Safety for Mobiles in a Nursery

When using a mobile in a nursery, a baby’s safety is top priority. Follow these guidelines to keep your infant safe:

  • Ensure mobiles are securely attached to ceiling or wall.
  • Keep out of reach of infants and toddlers.
  • Periodically check mobile for pieces that could fall into the crib. This particular mobile is made with a natural wreath that may contain bits of leaf or vine. Initially pull off loose material and periodically look for more loose pieces.

Inspiration for Mobile

A little girl standing on a stool to look inside a crib.

I was inspired by a mobile that made appearances in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog – but wasn’t available for sale. So, I used my creative prowess to create my own version that is whimsical and woodsy and so sweet! It’s perfect for a nursery and can be made in 15 minutes. It’s a perfect project for a busy mom!

Many traditional nursery mobiles are too fussy to fit with the tranquil atmosphere I wanted to create in my baby’s nursery. I designed this mobile to be as sweet and simple as our little Adalyn.  

Making a mobile is a lot like making a wreath – you can find tutorials to make your own DIY Christmas Wreath, Update a Basic Wreath, or Preserve a Boxwood Wreath.

Supplies for Nursery Mobile

It just takes a quick trip to any craft store to gather a few supplies:

  • Silk Flower Bunches – Choose a style and color that coordinates in your room.
  • Wreath – Grapevine wreaths are inexpensive and come in various sizes, including 10”, 14”, 18”, and 24”. Choose the size that works in proportion to your space.
  • Ribbon – Choose a color that coordinates with your flowers and room. I used about 18’.
  • Hot Glue – Optional, to firmly secure flowers in the wreath.
  • Scissors – To separate the flowers and cut the ribbon.

How to Make DIY Mobile

To make your own DIY Nursery Mobile, check out the how-to card below for the full tutorial.

  1. Cut stems 6″ or shorter.
  2. Weave individual stems throughout the wreath, distributing them on the top, bottom, and sides of the wreath. Make sure they are secure and tight between grape vines. Glue with hot glue if desired.
  3. Cut ribbon into 8 equal pieces of your desired length
  4. Tie 2 ribbons together with a knot, leaving 6″ of ribbon dangling down, and 3′ of ribbon above the knot. Repeat with the other 6 ribbons.
  5. Wrap ribbons around the wreath so they are equally distributed around the wreath, placing the knots are under the wreath.
  6. Gather the long 3′ lengths above the wreath and tie in a knot and bow to secure.
  7. Hang on a hook that is firmly and securely screwed into the ceiling.

Variations

Use flowers in wedding colors to weave through wreaths, then hang mobiles in a wedding tent or canopy.

Spray paint the wreath white for a very neutral look.

Use mobile as an actual wreath on a wall, door, or on a fireplace mantle.

Weave other objects into the wreath, such as small decorative birds or seasonal items.

DIY Mobile for nursery based off of a Pottery Barn Kids catalog
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Nursery Mobile

A sweet and charming nursery mobile that is simple to make and beautiful to look at.
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients  

  • Silk Flower Bunches
  • Grapevine Wreath or other material
  • Ribbon

Instructions 

  • Cut stems 6" or shorter.
  • Weave individual stems throughout the wreath, distributing them on the top, bottom, and sides of the wreath. Make sure they are secure and tight between grape vines. Glue with hot glue if desired.
  • Cut ribbon into 8 equal pieces of your desired length.
  • Tie 2 ribbons together with a knot, leaving 6" of ribbon dangling down, and 3′ of ribbon above the knot. Repeat with the other 6 ribbons.
  • Wrap ribbons around the wreath so they are equally distributed around the wreath, placing the knots are under the wreath.
  • Gather the long 3′ lengths above the wreath and tie in a knot and bow to secure.
  • Hang on a hook that is firmly and securely screwed into the ceiling.

Equipment

Hot Glue
Scissors

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3 Comments

    1. Thank you! A 3M removable command hook or a ceiling hook from the hardware store both work well.

  1. This is so pretty. I had a friend who used a tree branches and tied ribbon to it holding the letters of her name. It would totally go with this mobile. So sweet!