My son loves his mobile! Most infants do, but for parents looking to pinch pennies, they can be expensive luxuries. My son's was free, and you can make one at home using items you may already have hanging around your child's room, craft room, or storage closet. Using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, you can create a movable menagerie of colorful critters to delight your baby wherever you go.
Here's what you need:
- colored paper (leftover wrapping from shower gifts, fancy art papers; use whatever you have on hand, the brighter the better)
- hanging medium (sewing thread or fishing line, beading filliment, even curling ribbon)
- a needle (or something that will create a large enough hole in your paper to feed your thread or hanging medium through)
- a child's garment hanger (reuse and recycle those tiny plastic hangers)
- drill or Dremel with small bit (optional)
- clean plastic drinking straws (optional)
First, you'll need to fold some shapes to hang from your mobile. There are many free patterns available online, or you may want to pick up a book on origami. From the classic crane to dragons and robots, you can make objects to fit just about any kid's room theme. Fold anywhere from 5-10 objects for a small hanger (0-3 month), and up to 20 for a large (6+ months). Then, use a threaded needle to punch a hole through your origami that will allow it to hang from the hanger and tie or knot your object securely. If not using a needle and thread, carefully thread your hanging medium through the paper and secure the object with a knot or featherweight bead. If you're feeling industrious, you can drill small holes in the hanger and tie your threaded origami to the hanger that way, otherwise, simply tie the loose end of the hanging medium to the hanger. After you've tied on all the origami, you have finished the portable mobile. It is lightweight, though delicate, and easily carried from room to room, or to the car where it can hang from coat hooks or handles above the door.
Ours is a very simple, quick and dirty version of this process, but these mobiles can be as elaborate in design as your creative GeekMom minds allow. Use multiple hangers for a layered effect, or glue the arms from broken hangers to your primary hook for multiple axes. I thought drinking straws cut to various lengths could also help separate objects at measured intervals at the end of a thread for added visual interest. The key is to keep items lightweight and the threads spaced well enough apart that they won't tangle. There are tons of images of origami mobileson the web to inspire your design.
Do you have other construction suggestions? Did you make a mobile for your geeklet? Share them in the comments or on the GeekMom forum!
Introduction: Origami Crane Mobile
Origami is a cheap, beautiful way to make fantastic decorations for a home or dorm. Even an origami novice can create an elegant display with this tutorial.
Step 1: Materials
- Thread or Fishing Line
-Scissors or a Paper Slicer
-Wooden Dowels or Straws
Step 2: Make the Cranes
First, decide the size of crane that'll be used for the mobile. Cranes are typically about half the height of the square they're folded. I used 3" squares, to produce 1.5" cranes. Use scissors or a paper slicer to create uniformly sized squares.
Next, fold the cranes! I created a quick video tutorial here:
Step 3: Construct the Structure
Use the straws or dowels to create a star shape, and glue the joints to create a structure. Then, use another set to do a border around the edge. Use scissors to nip the sticks down to size.
Lay out your cranes the way they'll be attached, in order.
Next, take five pieces of string and tie them to each of the corners. Tie all of the strings together over the top of the wooden structure, and attach it to something over the workspace to prevent tangling. Next, take ten lengths of string and tie them to the outside border, allowing them to dangle down. Make them extra long!
Step 4: Attach the Cranes
Choose a string to start with, and grab the respective line of cranes that go with it. Use the needle to pierce the triangular center of the crane's back, exiting through the hole in the bottom. Slide the crane up the string, then add a bead with a basic knot. The bead should be able to slide, as will the crane. Alternate cranes and beads, ending with a bead, and slide them all the way up the string. Repeat this process until all the cranes are on strings.
Next, adjust all of the cranes by sliding the bead underneath them. Once the final arrangement is in place, add a dot of hot glue to the bottom bead.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Once everything's essentially complete, add a dot of glue to the top of the mobile where the threads are tied to prevent shifting, and snip any excess thread that's been glued. A bit of sandpaper can remove any rough edges on the structure or hot glue trails. Tie the top string into a loop for hanging and find somewhere to display it!
Some tips from having one for a few years:
- Don't put it somewhere windy, the strings are a nightmare to untangle
- A standard push pin is enough to tie it to if it's being attached to the ceiling
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3 Simple Ways to Create a Chic Mobile for Your Nursery
As avid Brit + Co readers know, our very own founder Brit Morin is expecting her own bundle of joy this fall! To prep, we’re all scouring the web for most creative quilts, onesies and nursery designs. And, of course, we’re DIY-ing our little hearts out as well. We’ve teamed up with JOHNSON’S® Baby to show you how to create three different mobiles using origami storks!
But why storks? Well, time for a little history lesson. There’s a Japanese legend that folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a hope fulfilled. To put a baby spin on the legend, we’ve created origami storks in place of cranes! The idea was adapted from JOHNSON’S® Baby brand, who created a beautiful, 1,000-piece origami stork mobile of their own to symbolize how they have delivered on their promise to always listen to moms and create the safest possible products for moms and babies :) In fact, JOHNSON’S® Baby scientists and their families came together to write down their promises, and created the mobile to beautifully express this promise to moms everywhere. See this labor of love right here and share your promises at #PromiseToBaby.
We got on board with the beauty of these storks and created three different mobiles designed to fit the personality of any nursery. First things first, you need to learn how to fold an origami stork! The steps below look like a lot, but we promise it’ll be quick once you get the hang of it. We should know — we made over 300 storks to create the three mobiles you see above!
With the colored side of the paper facing the table, fold up one edge creasing the paper in the center. Repeat this from right to left.
Flip the paper over so the colored side is facing up. Fold on the diagonal and then fold the other side on the diagonal creating an ‘X’ shape.
Open up the paper, and then push each side in, reverse folding the right and left creases. You should have a square shape with two flaps on each side.
With the open end pointing down, fold the top flap in towards the center. Repeat this on the other side. Then fold the top triangle down and make a nice crease. Fold in the flaps on the back side going in the opposite direction.
Unfold the flaps and folded triangle. Lift up the top flap and reverse fold it along the crease at the top (where you folded the top triangle down). Draw in the sides reverse folding them as well.
Flip the paper over and do the same thing to the other side. You will wind up with a long diamond.
Now you’ve got your bird base. Turn your bird base to the side and you’ll see that one end is split and the other end is not. Rotate the base so that the split end is on your left side.
Fold the bottom edge of the top flap along the center. Do the same thing with the top edge.
Lift up your bird base and swing the back flap on the right side over to the left..
Pinch the top folded flaps up towards each other and fold the bottom flaps down towards each other.
You should have three flaps on the left side — two look the same and then there is a third one in between that is smaller.
Take the top flap and fold it to the right. Then fold it back and up towards the left. Do the same thing with the flap on the other side so that it matches.
Now take the bottom flaps and fold them up on each side towards the center line.
Fold the piece you were just working with back and up. Then outside reverse fold this piece (it’s the neck!). Outside reverse fold a head.
On the other end, make an inside reverse fold with a small piece at the tip of the tail.
Now, let’s turn this stork into many storks… and then turn those storks into decorative nursery mobiles!
Materials: – large embroidery hoop – origami paper in colors of your choice – white spray paint – needle + thread – scissors
Instructions: 1. Spray paint your embroidery hoop white, or any color you like. 2. Organize your origami paper in an ombre color pattern. Make storks! 3. Use a needle and thread to string the storks and hang them on the hoop. 4. Hang each stork a little lower than the one before it, descending a spiral shape.
The first thing we did was spray paint our embroidery hoop white.
Organize your origami paper in an ombre color pattern. Make storks! Then, use a needle and thread to string the storks and hang them on the hoop.
Hang each stork a little lower than the one before it, descending a spiral shape. How pretty is that?
Materials: – large branch – origami paper in colors of your choice – gold spray paint – needle + gold thread – scissors
Instructions: 1. Spray paint your branch gold, or any color you like. 2. Make storks using gray and white origami paper. 3. Use a needle and gold thread to string the storks and hang them on the branch at different heights.
Spray paint your branch gold, or any color you like. For paper, we chose gray and white to keep things minimalist and chic.
Make those storks! Then Use a needle and gold thread to string the storks. Hang them on the branch at different heights and you’re done!
Materials: – square paper lantern + pendant light kit – origami paper in colors of your choice – needle + thread – scissors
Instructions: 1. Pop open your lantern! 2. Make storks using paper of our choice. 3. Use a needle and gold thread to string the storks together to create tassels. 4. Attach the tassels to each corner of your lantern. 5. Turn on the lantern and turn down the lights ;)
Pop open your lantern! For paper colors, we chose a mix of colors and one pattern.
Make your storks. Then string them together to create tassels. Hang them on each corner of your lantern.
Turn on the lantern and turn down the lights. Misty’s little Elijah certainly approves! :)
Who knew storks were so versatile!?
What other unusual mobiles have you seen or made? Which one of the ones we made is your favorite? Talk to us in the comments below.
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