DIY Vintage Crib Mobile
Good morning sunshine and happpppppppy Valentine’s Day! Are you celebrating with bucket loads of heart shaped chocolate today or are you one of those that thinks it’s just a Hallmark holiday? I fall in between the two I think. My husband and I don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day anymore, but I always do a little something special for the kids. They get so excited and I like to make days like this sweet for them so I have a few fun things planned. And you better believe we’ll be eating our fair share of chocolate. Anyway, enough about Valentine’s Day. Today I’m excited to be sharing the DIY vintage crib mobile I made for Avie’s nursery that you saw in this recent post. I actually decided to make this because I was feeling super cheap and I just didn’t feel like spending the money on one. So what’s a gal to do other than DIY it herself?! I really love how it turned out and I think this would look great in a nursery, little girl’s room, or even in a playroom. You could even mix it up and make it work for a boy’s room too. It has a whimsical, vintage vibe and you might be surprised to see how I made it!
- hot glue gun
- styrofoam floral ring, you can do whatever size you prefer
- faux flowers
- vintage lace tablecloth
Ok, so I’ll be really honest with you guys. When I first thought of making this crib mobile I was envisioning lots of pretty lace and ribbon hanging down with the flowers up on top. Easy enough, right?! So I headed off to Hobby Lobby to buy the supplies and all the ribbon. Well I bought a few rolls and came home to get to work. And that’s when I realized I would need about 31 more rolls of ribbon to make it as full as I wanted. And at $5 a piece, there was no way I was going to spend that much money on more ribbon. So that’s when I got the idea to cut a vintage tablecloth into strips instead of using ribbon. I found one at a local antique shop for $10. BOOM. (If you can’t find a vintage lace tablecloth just look here on Etsy, they are super easy to find and very affordable.)
- Begin by laying the tablecloth flat and cut 2-3 inch slits up the fabric. Then start ripping each “tab” into strips. Or you play it safe and can just the tablecloth into strips that are about 2 inches wide. Don’t worry about them matching perfectly, you’ll never notice.
2. Next start by wrapping each strip around the foam ring. Fold the strip in half, with a loop at the top, then lay it over the ring and pull the fabric through like shown below.
3. Work your way around the ring until it’s full. Just make sure each strip is nice and tight. Easy peasy city.
5. Next you’ll start gluing the flowers on the top of the ring. I found these flowers at Hobby Lobby last year. Look for some that are on the larger side, then just cut off the stems and hot glue them all around the outer ring.
That’s it! Seriously, this is so easy. I ended up adding in a few extra pieces of the lace and ribbon I bought, just because I had them on hand. Then I finished it off by taking a piece of ribbon and tying it in three places around the ring, evenly spaced, and then one up through the center to hang it from the ceiling.
You guys know how much I love simple DIY projects and this has to be one of the easiest I’ve ever shared here on the blog. I really like how this turned out and it saved me tons of money. Similar looking mobiles on Etsy are pretty pricey, so this was a much more affordable alternative. Plus I just love that I was able to use a vintage lace tablecloth instead of standard ribbon because that adds so much character and charm. I plan on moving this to the girls’ room once they transition to sharing a room together. I think it would look so cute hanging in the corner of their room!
Well that’s it for this easy DIY vintage crib mobile. Thanks for stopping in today, let me know if you have any questions. I’m also happy to chat! xo
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