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How to Make a Ribbon Mobile

I’m so excited to show you this little ribbon mobile today!  I wasn’t entirely sure how it was going to turn out, but I am absolutely loving the finished product.  AND, big bonus, it was super easy to make.  

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

We are currently in the process of moving my daughter into a new bedroom.  We have decided to put the new baby into the room that my daughter has occupied for the last 2 years, and move her into a larger “big girl” bedroom.  Last weekend, we moved all her furniture over, and much to my relief, she is loving her new room.  (Click here to see the full room reveal.)  Phew!  

And now, I have started in on the best part – the decorating!  I have a number of easy DIY decor ideas that I’m planning for her new room.  Trying to keep up with a blog, as well as a 2 year old, and redo numerous spaces in our house, all while being pregnant has me beyond exhausted.  I love creating and decorating though, so I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to round up multiple easy projects for her room.  Keep an eye out for more posts like this one in the very near future.  πŸ˜‰

This one was incredibly simple and so easy to put together.  (And yes, I photographed it outside.  We have blackout shades in her room that are a pain to get on and off the window.  So, I went where the light is the best.  The backyard!  All you bloggers out there totally understand.  Right?!?!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Ribbon (a lot of it)
  2. Macrame hoop
  3. Twine to hang it with

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

Initially, I purchased 9 spools of ribbon.  I went with mostly neutral colors, with a couple of pops of pink, as that is the theme in her room.  I also tried to choose a wide variety of textures and widths to give it plenty of depth.  

I actually picked up two macrame hoops (a 6″ and an 8″) because I wasn’t sure which size would be better.

I started on the 8″ hoop, and quickly realized that the larger hoop would require significantly more ribbon than I had.  So, I switched to the 6″.  Even with the 6″ though, I had to go back to the store and buy a couple more spools.  (A few of the fancier ribbons were only 3 yards long, which didn’t go very far.)

How many spools/yards you will need depends entirely on the size of your hoop and how long you cut your ribbon.  I cut my ribbons quite long, because I figured I could always make it shorter if I wanted to.  As you can see though, I ended up leaving it long.

Here’s the process:

Cut the ribbon

I cut a number of strands of various ribbon to begin with.  I didn’t measure them at all.  I just eyeballed them against one another.

Tie a ribbon onto the hoop using a Lark’s Head knot

I seriously just had to look that up.  Apparently, the particular knot that I used is called a Lark’s Head, or Cow’s Hitch, knot.  Don’t worry about the name though.  They are very easy to create.

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.
First, create a loop in the center of the ribbon
This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.
Then, take the two tails of ribbon, pull them around the hoop and through the center of the loop.
This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.
Finally, pull on the two tail ends to cinch the knot tight.

Fill in the rest of the hoop

Just continue knotting ribbon in this way onto the hoop until it is full.  I didn’t go in any specific pattern.  I simply tried to space out the different ribbons throughout the hoop.

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

Add twine to hang it from

I cut three pieces of twine.  (You will want these to be the same length.)  Tie each one onto the hoop in a triangle pattern, and then knot them all together at the top.

Viola!  You’re done.  

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

I love how feminine and whimsical it is.  I chose to leave the ends uneven because I kind of like it that way.  You could easily even the ends out though with some scissors and a few extra minutes.

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

This DIY ribbon mobile is such a cute and simple craft. Make one for your baby's nursery, or your child's room. It's perfectly delicate and whimsical.

This will be hanging above my daughters crib.  (Yes, she’s still in the crib.  I’m hoping to keep her there until she’s at least 10.  πŸ˜‰  )  

And now I can’t wait to get started on my next project for her room!  I’m already collecting the supplies.

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31 Comments

  1. This is really beautiful. I just wanted to share that I made one very similar in a class but it was hung flat not in a mobile so sort of like a dream-catcher way, does that make sense? This way you can use less than half the ribbon. Maybe you can alter the one you made when your daughter is out of the crib and still keep as a wall dΓ©cor?
    Yours is beautiful, I love the colors! Hope to see more of your projects

    1. That’s a great idea! I may just do that at some point. The room that we moved her into already had a hook in the ceiling right above where her bed went. So, the mobile was just perfect for it. I’ll definitely keep that in mind, though! Thanks for looking!

  2. This is lovely. Your daughter is so lucky to have a new room and a mom who will help make it pretty! Great job, I love all the varieties of girly ribbons. Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty this week!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m the lucky one, though. She’s a great kid, and she’s not old enough to be super opinionated yet. So, I can do whatever I want to her room. Ha! πŸ˜‰

  3. Cool idea, Amy. My girls are all older (19, 16 and 12), but they would have liked something like this in their rooms. Of course, they might have asked for them in their favorite team’s colors! Glad to have found you through the Happy Now Blog Linkup.

    1. Thanks so much! Fortunately, we’re still at a place where I can call the shots in her room. πŸ˜‰ I know that won’t last forever, though, so I’m enjoying it while I can. Thanks for taking a look!

    1. Thank you! And it did look great outside. I’m just not sure how well it would hold up. You would have to take the weather into consideration when buying supplies. Thanks so much for the share!!

  4. When school ends we are remodeling my girls room and they must have one of these! Thanks for sharing at the @happynowlinkup

    1. That’s a great idea! I hadn’t thought about it that way before, but you could make one of these for all sorts of holidays. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy!

    1. Thank you! I love the colors, too, but it’s been hard to match them throughout her bedroom… Hopefully, it will all pull together soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks for looking!

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I’m so excited! I’ll be sure to check it out. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! I would kind of like one myself, as well. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for taking a look!

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