bird mobile

You've probably seen this bird mobile floating around the blogosphere ... it is really popular right now.

When I saw it for the first time on Craftzine, I knew I had to make one. First step - make a bunch of cute birds from the Spool Sewing pattern.




Step two, go to the park and find some nice branches. We headed to Riverside Park in Manhattan and Jared proved to be an extra-good stick finder. I'm not sure what kind of tree they came from, but the bark peeled off easily to reveal a nice, smooth interior (a branch with bark would look good, too). You'll also need thread and screw eyes from the hardware store.

Next, sew the birds to the branches - I used yellow thread to look like feet. Sew through the underbelly of the bird and around the branch several times. In the end, my birds were still sliding around a little, so I secured them with a small amount of hot glue.


Screw in the eye hooks to the branches and hang each tier from thread - this took a lot of experimenting to get the balance right (mine's still a tad crooked). Start from the bottom and work your way up.


Lastly, act crazy-proud of your new bird mobile, which cost all of $2.50 and scrap fabric.

See some other great examples of these mobiles here, here and here.

37 comments:

*sunchips* said...

That is so neat! With 2 little ones I haven't had time to do anything too crafty- so I live through all the craft blogs.lol! Thanks for sharing :) Your Nursery is going to look great.

The Henrich Family said...

LOVE IT Jill.

Homemade by Lisa said...

That is the cutest thing I have seen. Love your site.

shawn said...

WOW!! That is wonderful! You did an awesome job!!!
And you look great!

Sass E-mum said...

Gaaah! You've done it again... inspired and intimidated me all at once.

It's a beautiful mobile.

Jenn said...

That's adorable! Your baby will love it :)

hopeful #1 said...

I love it! Absolutely love it!!!

I've got to start being more crafty! This is so darling!!!!

Ewokgirl said...

Now that is cute!

Rebeckah said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE this! You are so creative : )!

Ashley said...

This is so beautiful! I actually just saw an example of this in a model home that my husband and I were touring this past weekend. I love yours though! It's so whimsical! Is this for the nursery?

claudia said...

That has got to be the cutest darned thing I have ever seen! You are such a crafty genius!

mau said...

Sooooooooooo Cute...if the branches peel they might be birch. How beautiful.

Jen said...

Thanks for linking to images of my bird mobile! Your mobile looks so great - I'm sure the baby will love it.

Casey said...

looks really good! I made a few of those birds, they're so much fun to make. I put them on a twig wreath for my girls room instead of making it a mobile

jezebelsk said...

Wow! That's just amazing! The baby is going to go crazy for it! (OK, maybe not crazy - that sounds kinda scary. But, the baby will love, love, love it - just like me!)

whitney said...

AHHHHH! Love love love it! Now why do your birds look ten times better than mine? Now I want to make another one for my big crib - the one I have now on my tiny crib won't connect to the big one. I guess I will be hanging birds and sticks from the ceiling!
Good idea to use yellow thread to look like feet.
More posts with more amazing baby stuff please.

C said...

looks very nice

Jenny said...

Cutest mobile EVER! If only I was as crafty as you I would attempt to make my own, but last time I attempted such a project the teddy bear ended up looking like Yoda.

katrina lauren said...

love it...all the little birdies...too cute! enjoy this time of preperation and anticipation for the arrival of your little one...it is so exciting for you both!

Amber said...

I'm inspired to make my own. Very cute. Just curious, where/how do you plan to hang it? I can't conceptualize how to use it above the crib without hanging it all the way from the ceiling.

Jill said...

thanks everybody! This is a really fun project and not too difficult. The birds are super easy to make and the mobile part, well ... takes a little patience. But it's not too bad.

I am going to hang this in the baby's room, just not exactly sure where yet because we haven't started setting things up.

I have another mobile that my mom bought for me - so one will go above the crib and the other will probably go over the dresser (which will also be a changing station). I'm going to use another screw eye in the ceiling and hang it from that.

Sandra Smart said...

Hi Jill, love the bird mobile...how fun! Just wanted to let you know that I left a comment on my blog regarding your blog...so I hope you will check it out!
Thanks!

Homemade by Lisa said...

I so.... Want to make one of these.

Jaime said...

oh jill! love it! great job as always!

20 Something Superhero said...

What a nice idea. I wish I had my sewing machine so I could start some projects.... But I've got my fingers crossed that someone will get me it for my bday!!

Emily said...

Love your blog. I get so many great ideas from you, so thanks! Love your mobile too... I made about a month ago also. (http://sloppycrafts.blogspot.com/2008/08/bird-mobile.html) Thank you spool for the great idea and the bird pattern!

Elise said...

That is so cute I can hardly stand it!!!

Meg said...

in love with that. times ten. and i even hate birds.

Brittany Iverson said...

Ummm... will you make me one!?

Girl, you are good!

Brittany

Designher Momma said...

this is all sorts of awesome! I've stumbled and am going to start mine tonight! thanks!

patricia said...

LOVE this. started my own. how in the WORLD did you keep your branches with birds from spinning upside-down?! even with glue, the birdies want to flip the whole thing over... the balance thing is insane to figure out. you have a lot more patience than i do! lol

Jill said...

patricia - it is super tricky to balance. My only bit of advice is to start from the bottom and work your way up. good luck!

inday_adin said...

It is so cute! I am on bird-mobile-the-making to give to one of my friends who is having a baby. Thanks for sharing! :)

BECKY said...

Thanks for linking to this post... I'm totally going to try to make one of these!

Erin said...

I just finished my bird mobile, and here are my tips!
1). Definitely start from the bottom up. I tried it the other way, and it was a waste of time.

2). Do not skip the part about the eye hooks, this made a huge difference all the way around. It was also helpful to start a hole with a small screwdriver so the eye hooks went in easier. It was also helpful to loosely tie the string around the branch to get the general idea, but when you have it finalized, then add the eye hook.

3). I had a terrible time with the birds spinning upside down. The biggest help was when I figured out that having weight below the branch that was spinning balanced it out a bit.

4). If this is your first mobile, start smaller. Ten birds were just too many for me to handle as a beginner. I used six and it turned out just great!

Thank you so much Jill for this great idea. It turned out so incredible and I cannot wait to give it to the mother-to-be!

Anonymous said...

I was so inspired by your mobile that I attempted to create this mobile even though I don't know how to sew. After begging friends to help me with sewing the birds together, they keep flipping over! I've tried rebalancing by adjusting the birds and strings, but that doesn't seem to work. HELP!

Desperate to finish my mobile!

Please help!

Wandering Louise said...

So sweet... Sharing you with our tribe