Introduction: Make a Super Cute and Crafty Baby Mobile

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I put this one together for a friend who is expecting shortly.

Step 1: Mobile Material

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I bought a large plastic bowl at Walgreens. I needed something solid to hold all the other parts I mean to add.

Step 2: Preset for Stars

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I drilled a number of holes for the stars in the bowl basin,
and holes for the dangling pipe cleaners along the rim.

Step 3: Interior Scene

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Using krylon fusion spray paint (for plastics)
I sprayed the interior black and blue
then added glitter glue stars and galaxies and
finished the whole thing with a clear polish

Step 4: Placing the Stars

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I found these lights in the floral section of a craft store.
I placed each light in a previously drilled hole and hot glued it into place.

Step 5: Clean Up the Spaghetti Wires

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Using more hot glue, place all the wires in clean lines.

Step 6: Almost Finished With the Exterior

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Using krylon fusion spray paint I painted a sky scene with white and blue.
(take special care to cover all the battery and it's case with tape while painting.

Next, I drilled a hole in the center for hanging gear.
then added velcro to hold down the hide-away for the battery pack.

Step 7: Hide-away, Part 1

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I cleaned up and transformed a cat food container to cover and hide the battery pack.

I painted it white with the fusion spray paint, and added velcro feet to match the velcro on the top of the mobile.

Step 8: Hide-away, Part 2

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To make the cat food container more aesthetically appealing, and make it fit the scene, I hot glued a paper cupcake holder to the top. Now it looks like a table with a table skirt on it.

Step 9: Adding the Clouds

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using poly fill for clouds, i laid it out over the whole bowl and then cut it to cover all the star backs. and hot glued the whole thing down.

I left space in the poly fill for the rigging, and another for the table.

Step 10: Tasty Treats for the Table

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I found these mini food pieces on ebay and hot glued them on.

Step 11: Cute Characters

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I also found these mini teddies in a craft store and hot glued each into position.

Step 12: Belaying

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Below the clouds two teddies are making their way down a belay line.

(belay line is made of pipe cleaners)

Origami paper cranes hang from twisted pipe cleaners.

A large colorful flower is hot glued to the end of the belay line/ pipe cleaner.

Step 13: Battery Access

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The table skirt can be lifted to turn the stars on.

The whole table can be removed (remember the velcro) to replace the batteries.

Step 14: Mobile Action

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To animate and play tunes, wind the crank clockwise.

I also found the musical mobile spinner on ebay.

Step 15: The Final Look

Enjoy the video.  -Erika Kissam


Comments

canida (author)2008-06-02

Looks great!
FYI, here's how to embed video into Instructables if you'd like Step 15 to show up better.

danstax (author)2008-06-01

Slightly disappointed, I was hoping for a baby powered vehicle. Seriously, though, nice mobile, shows that love and care can't be bought pre-made.

merseyless (author)danstax2008-06-02

i was thinking more along the lines of a mobile phone for a baby or a really tiny mobile phone! oh well, the instructable is good though!

kazaam (author)danstax2008-06-01

sorry to disappoint. but what a great idea, the kid hasn't been born yet, but maybe in a little bit i'll have to look into a baby powered vehicle. hmmmm

evaluna (author)2008-06-01

That is an awesome mobile.Very ingenious. I'm sure the baby and parents will love it. I have 5 kids I should know LOL. Great instructions. Thank you for sharing.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-31

Cute!

awoodcarver (author)2008-05-31

Very nice I made my daughter a mobile almost 27 years ago along with a carved rocker bed with mickey m-o-u-s-e on it ....very nice Instructable easy to follow and I like that you said where you got parts needed

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