DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

I finally finished it!  This one had been on my craft list for a while.  I’m really excited to be done with it, as seeing it hang makes me feel that much closer to meeting my baby girl!  I was just going to take a few pics of it, but then I thought I might as well add a few pictures of the process as a mini-tutorial.

It was really simple and there is a lot of flexibility with this project.  I feel like you could add as many or as few bunnies as you wanted, and hang them at different lengths or all together.  If I’m ever blest with a baby boy, I’ll probably make different animals too!

DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile - Supplies

Supplies:

  • wool rovings (can be bought online or in Hobby Lobby)
  • felting needle and finger guards (I bought this starter kit)
  • foam punching board (Hobby Lobby for 3.99, or here, or as part of this starter kit)
  • floral wire wreath form (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for 1.99, but this one is cheap too)
  • paint/spray paint
  • clear thread and needle
  • crib mobile arm (I bought this one and LOVE it)

Felted bunny for DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

Step One: Felt Your Animals

This one is the biggest and first step.  In order to create your mobile, you first have to choose and make your animals!  I chose to make bunnies, since that is the theme of my nursery.  I plan to make a full-length post all about how to needle felt (and most specifically how I needle felted these bunnies).  But in the meantime, you can visit this page for a quick tutorial, as it’s what I used for inspiration in felting my first bunnies!

Spray Paint and Wreath Form for DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

Step Two: Spray Paint Your Wreath Form

A lot of homemade mobiles use embroidery hoops like this.  But I was worried the metal clamp would make my mobile unbalanced, and my husband was worried about suspending anything with a metal clamp above the baby.  We bought this floral wreath (it was originally green) and my husband spray painted it white for me.  You could paint it virtually any color, with regular paints or with spray pain.

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Step Three: Thread the Bunnies Onto the Wreath Form

I have seen some mobiles with dark thread, and thick yarn is also an option.  I chose to use invisible thread to attach the decorations, just because I’m making a small mobile.  A bunch of strings would be overbearing for the small bunnies and mobile, and it will look better on my mini-crib to have invisible strings.

Anyway, tie a double knot at the end of your thread, so that they are knotted together.  Insert the needle into the tummies of the animals, and up through their bodies.  Then, with the bunnies still hanging at the end of the needle, use the needle end to tie a secure double knot around one of the wire circles.  Cut the excess thread (bunny will be suspended by two strings through it’s tummy, or neck depending on how tilted your animal looks on the string). For double security, use a thread twice the length you normally would, begin in the belly of the bunny, pass the needle through it’s back, over and around one of the wire circles, and then back through the bunny’s back, exiting out the tummy.  Then you can tie the knot at the base of the tummy, and your bunny will be secured by 4 strands instead of 2.  (If bunny rotates too much, you can knot the 4 strands together up near the wire circle).

Repeat until all the bunnies, hearts, and other animals or baubles are attached.

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Step Four: Add Strings for Hanging the Mobile

To hang the mobile as evenly as possible, I cut four identical lengths of yarn and looped each one around the inside circle of the wreath form.  Then I knotted all four together in one big knot so that the weight of the mobile would be evenly distributed.  To attach it to the mobile arm loop, I used a wire twist tie, because it was flexible and easy to adjust.  You could use anything to attach it, really.

Step Five: Attach the Mobile to the Crib Arm

This step will be dependent on what kind of mobile you bought.  My crib mobile arm has a plastic loop to suspend the mobile from, so for me it was simply a matter of securing the mobile with a good knot through the loop.  The hardest part was making sure my mobile hung evenly.  I used yarn because it was easiest to measure and I like the way it looked.  Again, the type of twine (invisible thread, yarn, etc) is optional but this is what I went with, based on what my crib looks like.

DIY Felted Bunny and Heart Baby Crib Mobile

Step Six: (Optional) Finishing Touches

If you used invisible thread like I did, you might see your knots slipping a bit.  Even my triple and quadrupled knots looked like they were opening up a bit.  I dabbed a bead of “Jeweler’s Glue” on each knot, and that helped a lot.  You can also tie a bow (I did) over the mobile’s suspension knot, just for a more polished look and to cover up any possible twist-tie visibility.  I thought my bunnies and heart were tightly enough felted that they weren’t going to come apart.  But if you’re worried about them getting “fuzzy” over time, I believe a light coat of hairspray could be helpful.  Just make sure you know what kind of finish it has, because a sticky mobile would be so frustrating!

And that is pretty much it!  Again, I plan to make a tutorial on how exactly I felted the bunnies, but if there is another aspect of the process you want more details on, leave a comment below!!  And if you make your own mobile, tag me on instagram or send it to me on pinterest so I can see it.  I’d love to know what you did!

DIY Felted Baby Crib Mobile

Note: If I was going to buy a mobile, it would be this little Lambs & Ivy mobile (which happened to be at the top of my baby registry list for a while).  But now that I have made my own, I’m even happier with the results.  I hope my baby will love it!

 

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My Latest Craft Endeavors

My Latest Craft Endeavors - Nesting for Baby!

I think this is part of my nesting phase, but I have felt compelled to create a list of the projects I want to complete for my baby’s arrival! It’s definitely not my ordinary kind of post, though we all know I have a thing for making lists. haha I’ll include a few pics of my current projects, as well as some progress pics!

My Current List of Craft Endeavors

  • A fluffy pink tutu. Because, I mean, she’s a girl! The pattern I plan to use if from the knitting book “What to Knit When You’re Expecting.” I’m thinking of using light pink yarn by Red Heart called Kiss.
  • Soft, handmade burp cloth, made from the same book. (pictured below…still need to crochet a lace/trim border)

  • A Matching onesie and tee for my girls. I bought a pink onesie and tee at Hobby Lobby and want to cross stitch and embroider on them!
  • A felted bunny crib mobile. If anyone wants a tutorial for this, lemme know.  (one of five bunnies, pictured below)

  • An oversized chunky knit blanket. But like, way oversized and way chunky. I’d like to purchase through Ohhio but we will see!
  • Booties. Since babies hate shoes (at least mine do), but I’ll want something to put on over her little socks…since those are always falling off! I don’t have a pattern or yarn picked out…but I’m hoping inspiration hits me before winter does! (maybe using the yarn pictured below?)

  • A christmas stocking for baby. I have knit one for every member of my little family, and now it’s this baby girl’s turn!
  • Baby bundling and matching hat. This one is actually finished, but I wanted to put it on my list because it was my first official baby project. I made the set with Knit Picks yarn called “Billow.” The bundting is from the same book, “What to Knit When You’re Expecting” and the project is called: . I made the hat pattern up myself…it’s just your average ribbed baby hat with an enormous pom-pom.  (bundling collection pictured below)

Thanks for reading about all my aspirations! I have found craft endeavors to be therapeutic, as well as constructive during this busy and emotional nesting phase. It’s nice to keep my mind and hands busy, but it’s even nicer to see finished items that are meant just for my baby. It really makes her arrival feel real and fast-coming. I can’t wait to hold her in my arms! And wrap her in my bundting. haha Thanks for stopping by!

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What’s in my Diaper Bag

I should actually title this, “What’s in my purse” because I don’t technically carry a diaper bag.  Before I had the baby, or even got pregnant, I promised myself I wouldn’t become a camel once I had children…carrying a purse, diaper bag, snack bag, groceries, and a handful of coats.  Obviously children are COMPLETELY WORTH IT.  But I made it a personal goal to not have to be a camel.  Just a mom.  And so far, it’s been working.

I found a stylish bag (read: I had an unused Vera Bradley in my closet) and decided to use it as both a purse and diaper bag.  My previous purse was really just a tiny clutch, and it could hardly hold a tissue, so I knew I needed an upgrade.  But a Vera Bradley tote bag was the perfect answer to my search.  It is large enough to hold diaper-y things (is that a word?) but stylish enough to just be a regular purse that goes with my outfits.  Sometimes. Vera Bradleys can be a challenge in the matching-every-outfit category.  Oh, and I am aware that Vera Bradley makes a “diaper bag” and it’s really nice…but it’s totally shaped like a diaper bag and is hulking like a diaper bag and so therefore I can’t honestly pass it off as just a purse.  Let’s be real, it has the camel vibe.

This is what I keep in my Diaper Bag/Purse:

-diapers. duh

-wipes. more duh

-one spare outfit for baby.  doesn’t seem like ‘duh’ until you’ve had a blowout at the dentist.  yes, that happened.

-tiny roll of doggy-do trash bags.  perfect for bagging used diapers and masking the smell.

-my nursing cover.

-my wallet…this is a purse after all. 🙂

-cell phone.

-keys.

-lip moisturizer.

-hand sanitizer.

-now I feel bad for writing this because it’s so obvious…but you get the point.

It’s basically all “my needs” and “baby’s needs” without being a ridiculously giant (camel) bag of snacks, toys, blankets, towels, a deck of cards, etc.  You’ve seen those diaper bags.  You know who they are.  You know who you are.  Are you a camel?

For anyone who thinks I’ve distanced myself from the animal class by rejecting camel-hood, fear not.  I’ve embraced the human love-affair with the chameleon.  Try as I might, I still try to get my Vera Bradley to blend in with my outfit.  Good luck to me, it’s fuchsia, pink, and safari sunset paisley.

 

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How to Cure Diaper Rash

Whether it’s caused from a long car ride when baby sat in a dirty diaper too long, or from baby getting hot in her diaper during the 4th of July picnic, the rash is there.  And now that it has set up camp on your baby’s skin, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.  And it’s getter worse, fast.  These are some of the ways that I have found are particularly effective in getting rid of diaper rash–and you don’t have to do all of them.  Start with a few and you’ll find what works best for your baby.  And any combination of them will help no matter how bad the rash is.

  • Do not let baby sit in a wet or dirty diaper.  The minute it’s soiled, change it.  This might get expensive, but it makes a big difference.  A lot of diapers come with a little line down the diaper that changes color when the baby soils it.  Use those if you need to, and keep the baby in just a diaper and tee-shirt, so you can see every time the diaper needs to be changed.
  • Better yet, give baby a little bit of time au naturale.  If you can lay down a disposable absorbent pad, or even a waterproof mat, and let your baby air out, it will work wonders for her skin.  This is especially effective if you have a ceiling fan that you can turn on above the baby.  Wetness on the skin irritates the rash, and so letting your baby’s skin air dry will not only comfort baby, but will make curing the rash easier.  (Note: this one can’t really cure the rash, it’s more of a step to take to comfort baby and make the healing process easier).
  • Stop using baby wipes.  Sometimes the scent or even anti-bacterial properties of baby wipes (even the ones that say ‘natural’ on them) can irritate baby’s rash.  Instead, wet washcloths or paper towels with cool water when you need to cleanse baby.
  • Also, only wipe the baby if you have to, meaning if the baby pooped.  You don’t need to use a baby wipe on urine, and over-wiping will greatly prevent the rash from healing.
  • Use baby balm.  But not just any diaper balm!  Regardless of what brand you buy, you will often see 3 “active ingredients” and they are: Zinc oxide, Lanolin, and Petrolatum.  At first, Zinc oxide might seem like the better choice because it has that “medicinal vibe” to it. (Come on guys, puhleeease tell me I’m not the only one who senses that kind of vibe in things).  But I have found that the Lanolin/Petrolatum combination is the winner if you are trying to cure a rash.  Zinc oxide isn’t too bad with preventing the rash, but once it comes, you need to pull out the Lanolin/Petrolatum.
  • Last but not least–avoid scented things: scented baby lotion, scented baby diapers, obvi scented baby wipes, etc…because often diaper rash skin is broken, and those scents will irritate the rash and possibly (likely) sting baby.

I hope this helps!  If you have any more ways that you help your little one shake the diaper rash, share in the comments below!  Happy swaddling.

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