When people would ask the theme of our nursery, I wanted to say “softly nautical”. I felt pretty silly saying that, so I would simply reply “nautical”. Everything in the nursery isn’t straight up nautical-themed and I didn’t want it to be too matchy-matchy. You know what I mean? The final reveal of the nursery is almost ready. I just wanted to share this last DIY nursery mobile with you first- just to get you interested. And this mobile goes right along with my “softly nautical” theme because it isn’t in-your-face nautical.
I started by gathering supplies- all at Hobby Lobby- anyone surprised by that? Nope- they have it all. I did have to go to two different locations to get all of the sea creatures, but that wasn’t a big deal. Who needs an excuse to visit another location of Hobby Lobby?
– Two wooden embroidery hoops (of two different sizes)
– Hot glue gun (one of my favorite crafting tools)
– Mobile danglies (all of mine are wooden sea creatures- two of each)
– One spool of twine or ribbon
Next, start covering your embroidery hoops with the twine or ribbon you desire. I figured twine wouldn’t change the color of the hoops so much as the texture and rustic vibe I wanted the final product to have. Wrap a few times around, then lay down some more hot glue. Keep repeating until all is wrapped! This was the longest step, by far.
Once both hoops were wrapped, I attached the two hoops together with more twine. I made sure to measure the distance between all pieces so it wouldn’t be hanging lop-sided. I measured 6 inches between the two hoops and tied the twine off on each end with some hot glue to help with the hold.
I put the hoops aside and started working on my danglies. I wanted to see the painted side of each sea creature even when the mobile moved and turned. To accomplish this, I had to purchase two of each sea creature and glue them back-to-back with a small wooden spool in-between.
With all the spools hot-glued between each creature, I tied a long piece of twine around the spool to use for hanging each one to the hoops.
Then came the fun part of attaching each sea creature to a different spot on the hoops to make it balanced and pleasing to the eye. I actually hung the mobile from a doorway so I could see how it would hang as I was adding different danglies to it.
I got the hubs to screw a small hook into the ceiling above one side of the crib and popped it up there. Since I was trying to introduce different colors into the nursery, these sea creatures worked perfectly. Each one had bright colors that I didn’t necessarily have in the nursery before and helps to bring variety into my navy blue, gray, and white nursery. I love it!