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Baby Mobile DIY / Oh Joy

Baby Mobile DIY / Oh Joy

A mobile is a fun way to add whimsy to your baby's nursery. Today, I'm creating this one inspired by an ice cream maker and pastry chef couple, for a sweet mobile that suits any playful nursery. You can customize the shapes to match your family's interests, too! Watch the video to see the full how-to!

And to see all the materials and steps, I've repeated them below for reference!

Baby Mobile DIY / Oh Joy


To start, you'll need:

-3 ft dowel (
-white cotton string (
-clear jewelry string (
-wood veneer (
-wood shapes (
-acrylic paint (we used white with accents of neon yellow and orange) (
-x-acto knife or scissors

Here's how:

1. First, drill 2 holes at the end of your dowel. These holes will be where you will tie the white string to hang the base of the mobile.

2. Since we’re playing off ice cream and cake, we created fun shapes that reference those themes. Cut your shapes out of the wood veneer using scissors or an x-acto knife. You can find a variety of types of wooden veneers from dark to light. If you want, you can also paint the wood shapes various colors. Let them dry.

3. Drill holes evenly through the dowel for where your wooden shapes will hang. Since we made 7 shapes, we laid them out beforehand to see where they should go, marked the dowel with a pencil, and drilled holes evenly apart from each other at those points.

4. Now use the clear thread to hang them together in rows then tie them onto your dowel. You can add smaller shapes to accent the large ones to make them extra fun!

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production & Styling by Julia Wester
Hair & Makeup by Danielle Walch
Photo stills by Casey Brodley


  1. This is super cute, i’m 1 week away from my due date, and had given up trying to make a mobile for my little ones nursery, but this is too cute not to try!

  2. Great idea and it looks so cute. I definitely need to try this. It would make a much better christmas gift than a bought one. Thanks for sharing!


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