While adding a few items to my Target baby registry, I happened across an adorable picture of book mobiles—made from actual books—hanging over a glider. Etsy had some mobiles for sale, but they were rather pricey ($35, $45, even $60). I decided to DIY it instead. How hard could it be?! I used the advice of The Pleated Poppy and The Thimble Life and then went for it!
Since the color scheme of our nursery is grey, white, and yellow, I wanted some hardcover books that would match the room. I picked up three classic Nancy Drew novels at Half Price Books in town. I’m hoping the yellow color will pop against the grey walls. If you’re interested in how I created my mobiles, check out the following steps, or click the links to the blogs I mentioned above. Both blogs include helpful pictures for each step.
Materials You’ll Need
– A hardcover book you can bear to dismantle
– An X-Acto knife
– Hot glue gun and glue sticks
– Fishing line and a hook for hanging
– Optional: fabric or paper to cover outside or inside of book if it isn’t pretty!
Steps to Follow
1. Using an X-Acto knife, slice pages along the inside book seam and remove the first third of the pages.
2. Flip the book over and remove the last third of pages from the back of the book.
3. With the remaining pages in the middle, loop the pages into five sections. This will give the mobile its shape and keep the cover from being too floppy. Use the hot glue gun to keep everything in place.
4. Now that you have a stack of pages, create different sized loops, hot-gluing them closed. You can even glue pages together to create bigger loops.
5. Tuck the loops into the five looped sections in the book and build on to the shape. Hold up the book every so often to check the shape and length of your mobile.
6. When you’re happy with the shape, string fishing line through the center loop and hang from the book’s spine. Hang several at different heights for a dramatic look.