How to Create an Easy Mobile

While thrifting I always have my eye out for easy projects. Or projects that I think are easy and then end up taking five times longer than expected. This one is so easy and flexible I couldn’t wait to share.

At a garage sale I spotted this for only $2:

Photo Mobile.

My first thought was to use vintage photos and hang it somewhere in the house. Always disregard my first thoughts, because they’re the most obvious. Then I started thinking where I needed a mobile the most and decided to place it above my son’s crib. And instead of vintage photos, I thought about all of the vintage ephemera I’ve collected over the years: greeting cards, postcards, book plates, the list could go on. One thing I do collect is vintage playing cards. They’re colorful and crazy and I knew my son would love staring up at them.

Playing card pileup. Playing cards hung.

Once I decided what cards to use I simply clipped them on to the mobile and made sure the same cards weren’t next to each other (don’t worry, the prancing hippos ended up being relatively far away from each other). The most time consuming part was agonizing over which deck of cards to use. Here’s the mobile in the space:

Mobile hanging.

And a shot from baby-perspective:

What kinds of things could you use for a mobile? Keep in mind all of the pieces should be close to the same weight so it hangs evenly. In five minutes you could have one hanging up in your space too. I have a few extra Hoppy Hippos!

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2 Comments

  1. Anne
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh Angela! I love this!! Those cards are gorgeous. So bright and cheery.

    • Angela
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Anne! :)

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