DIY Mobiles

DIY Mobile by Loflov

We’re thrilled to intro­duce our lat­est con­trib­u­tor Mari Richards, an award-winning toy designer, mom, and author of the fan­tas­tic blog Small for Big. Enjoy!

Hi every­one! I am over­joyed to be con­tribut­ing here at Hand­made Char­lotte, and I can’t thank Rachel enough for the chance to join one of my all-time favorite blogs. Thanks, Rachel!

Ever since my first expo­sure to Alexan­der Calder, I have had an ongo­ing love affair with mobiles. Their gen­tle move­ments, mys­te­ri­ous bal­ance, and abil­ity to float above all of my mun­dane chores makes them pretty inspi­ra­tional. Plus, of course, they’re a beau­ti­ful addi­tion to any kid’s room.

I’ve moved beyond the idea that mobiles need to stay in kids’ rooms, though, and firmly believe we need a mobile in our liv­ing room, too. Each of these DIY mobiles would be a per­fect addi­tion – for kids’ rooms, liv­ing rooms, or any­where you’d like a lit­tle move­ment and design.

DIY Mobile by Loftlov

Hand­made Feather Mobile
via loflov

There aren’t spe­cific DIY instruc­tions for this hand­made wall mobile – and the other mobiles Ste­fa­nia fea­tured in her post — but the con­struc­tion looks sim­ple enough. The feath­ers are my absolute favorite. They rein­force that whole idea of floating!

Easy DIY Cardboard Mobile by Scandinavian Deko

Easy Card­board Mobile
via scan­di­na­vian deko

With a link to the geo­met­ric shapes included, all you need to find are the cross beams and some card­stock. What color would you choose for your shapes?

DIY Eames-Inspired Mobile via Facing North with Gracia

Eames-Inspired Mobile
via fac­ing north with gracia

Gra­cia looked directly to orig­i­nal Eames imagery for her inspi­ra­tion, and the result­ing mobile is a per­fect mod clas­sic. Plus, it looks fairly sim­ple to make.

DIY Paper Cloud Mobile via HGTV

DIY Paper Cloud Mobile
via hgtv

I’m a lit­tle shocked to be includ­ing a link to HGTV, but I can’t deny it, this cloud mobile is sim­ple and adorable. It looks like a quick project – the only thing that will take lots of time is cut­ting out all of those clouds!

DIY Pom Pom Chandelier via Small for Big

DIY Pom Pom Chan­de­lier
via small for big

This chan­de­lier post from my con­trib­u­tor, Bar, over on my blog is just so fab­u­lous, I had to make sure to give her props here as well. The col­ors and the scale are so epic and amazing!

DIY Geometric Mobile via Rotkehlchen

DIY Geo­met­ric Mobile
via rotkehlchen

At first, I thought this mobile was cre­ated using the Him­meli mobile tech­nique (check out the DIY Him­meli Mobile on The Red Jet), with straws and string. But in fact, they’re sim­ply tooth­picks and glue. The bright pops of color and super geo shapes are so refreshing.

Pic­tured at top of post: another lovely hand­made mobile by Loflov.