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My Goddaughter is months away from being born and I wanted to make something special for her. It was really important for me to add a personal touch and heartfelt gift for this very special little girl coming soon. I got the idea to make a DIY baby mobile with felt and my Cricut Maker. This DIY baby mobile tutorial is so simple you may want to make one yourself!
*You can also make this project with an Explore Air 2, follow the same steps*
Adding personal touches to gifts has been my favorite part of crafting and DIY-ing. I love how easy this mobile was to make. The project can seem intimidating but I promise it is so simple! There are also a lot of other ways you can use the felt animals such as; cake toppers, in a garland, and finger puppets.
DIY Baby Mobile
DIY Baby Mobile Supplies
- Cricut Maker
- FabricGrip Mat– the pink one
- Cricut Felt Sampler- Sky
- Cricut Felt Sampler- Carousel
- Wood Mobile Kit
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Design
The inspiration behind this woodland baby mobile is the baby’s nursery theme. I triple checked with my cousin ahead of time without ruining the surprise! Design Space had the perfect and most adorable woodland animals to choose from! The Miss Kate Cuttables – Adventure Starts Here set had everything I needed. Most of the animals are on patches of grass, but that was an easy fix. I simply hid the patch of grass in each of the images.
I selected my favorite 5 animals and loaded them into my project. Back in Design Space I found trees and leaves to serve as a halfway point between the wooden dowel and the animal. I just thought this looked cute! Because I wanted to have a layer between to hide the string I duplicated the back layer of the trees and leaves. My idea was to sandwich the string between the two layers.
To give more of the animals a slight feminine touch, I duplicated the bows on the adorable skunk! You can find everything you need to create an exact replica of my design HERE. I am all about efficiency, so I changed some related color shades to match exactly to save me on cutting on a ton of mats or loading a crazy large project. I made all the browns the same brown, the greys all the same grey, the orange the same orange, etc.
Step 2: Cutting
I am a newbie at cutting anything that is not paper or HTV. Cutting with felt is the same process. Remove the cover to your FabricGrip Mat, place your felt on the mat, and press down. For an extra kick or if your mat doesn’t feel as sticky, use your brayer to roll over it.
I love the Design Space view with all the mats loaded. It gives me the ability to prepare ahead of time if I have multiple mats to use. After double checking that the mats look correct, select your material on the next screen (felt) and load your mat. Your machine will begin to flash and you will be ready to go.
*This is the only step that differs for an Explore Air 2. For an Explore Air 2- turn your dial to custom, search for felt and you are ready to move on*
For the cutting of felt I did not peel the mat from the material. I simply removed the excess felt and then peeled the cut designs. The moment I saw the cutouts I giggled! It was so cool!
Step 3: Assembling
First, you want to layer your design pieces. I recommend using a hot glue gun for this step. You will want to leave a small gap up top near their heads where you will add the string. Leave your project screen open to make it easier to match the pieces together. You will love watching all the animals come to life!
I found my base on Amazon and added strong glue to the inside to hold it in place.Once your animals, trees, and leaves are ready you can add the string to your base. To keep everything balanced I recommend keeping the strings relatively close in length.
As I mentioned before, you will sandwich the string between the two layers of the leaves and the trees. Once the trees and leaves are done you can glue the tip of your string in the gap left on the top of the animals.
Now you have a DIY Baby Mobile!
As complex as this project looks it was incredibly easy to put together. The project from start to finish can take about an hour altogether. Not bad for an adorable baby mobile right? I feel extremely proud of this project and cannot wait for my Goddaughter to enjoy it!