Does it ever happen that you’re walking around a store and while you’re “wasting time” inspiration just hits you? That’s pretty much what happens to me every time I walk around a craft store. It’s really difficult to contain myself and stick to my shopping list. Honestly, the worst combination is when I start the day browsing Pinterest and then hit up Michael’s. I buy SO many things I didn’t intend to!
That’s exactly what happened when I decided to make add this DIY butterfly mobile to our mobile collection. I had been browsing Pinterest for Montessori toy ideas, so I was visiting Michael’s for a completely different project when I stumbled upon the butterflies I used for this project.
I keep a mobile over my son’s changing table, and I’ve decided to refresh it periodically, so he has something to keep him interested while we tackle dirty diapers. The cheapest way to do this is if I make the mobiles myself. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you’ll recall I made him this felt ball mobile a few months back, and since then I’ve been thinking about what I will make him next. He still loves the felt mobile, but when I saw these butterflies it made me think it’s time for a refresh, and butterflies are perfect for spring.
The butterfly mobile was a lot easier to make than the felt ball mobile, and you need very few supplies.
Here is what you need to make a butterfly mobile:
Making this butterfly mobile was pretty easy, here is how I did it.
The butterflies come wired, so you can easily hang them without needing anything else. I really like how lightweight they are because it means the mobile is in constant gentle motion.
I didn’t cut the 12″ sticks, instead, I criss crossed them and wrapped three butterflies to the top stick and two butterflies to the bottom. I wanted the butterflies to look like they were flying, so I cut each wire a different length. I eyeballed this whole thing. I really felt like the more random they look the better. Since I was cutting the wire, I took a long clipping from one of the butterflies and I used it to hold the two pieces of the mobile together. You can’t tell from the pictures, but there is a little bit of distance between the two pieces — about 2 inches.
Pro Tip: Wrapping the butterflies around the sticks takes a little bit of work. If you have small pliers, it might make the job a little bit easier.
Once the butterflies are attached to the sticks, then I gently pulled on the wire from the base toward the butterfly. This motion causes the wire to curve a little bit and gives the butterflies a little bit of bounce. To make them look like they are flying, I curved each butterfly in a different direction.
Lastly, you want to make sure the butterflies are facing down, so that your little one has a view of the “pretty” side of the butterfly.
Pro Tip: Before you finish your any craft for kids take the time to view it from their perspective.
I hope you like this DIY craft project, and if this post inspired you to make your own, give us a little shout out on instagram by tagging @happygiftco.