How to Make a Felt Bird Mobile

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Hang your mobile from the ceiling or in a window.
Use tailors chalk to trace the outline of the bird and the wing.
You can use any kind of yarn you have lying around the house for the mobile.
Hang your mobile from the ceiling or in a window.

Hang your mobile from the ceiling or in a window.

Photo: Kayte Terry

There's something sort of mesmerizing about a mobile; the way it swings and sways in the air is very calming. Mobiles may seem like they are hard to make, but you can always start with something easy like this one made to resemble a flock of birds perched up high.

This simple felt mobile can be made in a half hour and is a perfect baby shower or housewarming gift. If you don't like birds, consider leaves, fruits, elephants, hearts, or stars. Really, anything with a shape that looks good in silhouette is up for grabs.

What you'll need:

  • Branch from your yard
  • Card stock
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scraps of wool felt in assorted colors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Circle hole punch
  • 4 yards yarn

Enlarge the bird as desired. My birds are about 7 inches long.

1. Print out the bird and wing template and cut them out with paper scissors. Trace onto cardstock and cut that out, too.

Use tailor's chalk to trace the outline of the bird and the wing.

2. Trace the wing and bird body templates with tailor's chalk on different colors of felt. For five birds, you will need 10 bird bodies and 10 bird wings.

Apply craft glue around the perimeter of the bird.

3. To assemble the birds, glue together one bird body to a different-colored bird body. Glue a wing onto one side of the bird body, then flip the bird and glue another wing on, matching it up with the wing on the other side. Do this for all five birds.

A sharp circle hole punch works fine for making a hole at the top of the bird.

4. Punch a hole in each bird body.

5. Cut yarn in the following lengths: 6 inches, 10 inches, 14 inches, 8 inches, and 5 inches. Then tie the yarn to the branch in that order.

You can use any kind of yarn or ribbon you have lying around the house for the mobile.

6. Threading the yarn through the punched holes at the top of each bird, tie all five birds to the mobile. Trim the yarn as desired.

7. To hang, cut three 1-foot pieces of yarn and tie to three points on the branch. Bring all three pieces of yarn together and tie in a knot. Determine how much yarn you need to hang the mobile and cut one more piece of yarn. Tie the yarn to the center knot and hang.

You're finished! Now you have a lovely handmade mobile to hang in your home or give as a gift!

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Comments (6)

DaisyNY writes: Those cute birds are felt, but not felted.
Posted: 10:33 am on July 30th
craftyvox writes: Great idea!
Posted: 3:06 pm on July 1st
Sreep writes: This is so cute...I made this for my 10 month old..he just admires it so much..thanks for the idea!!
Posted: 11:32 am on May 14th
erika_kern writes: That's 10 kinds of cute! I know a little baby boy who might be getting one of those for his birthday!
Posted: 12:59 pm on September 19th
PuppyDogsNPolkaDots writes: This is just too cute!
Posted: 8:23 pm on September 18th
susanstars writes: oh, that's adorable, Kayte!
Posted: 7:20 pm on September 18th
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