DIY Scholarly Origami Book Mobile
I can’t begin to tell you how much I adore baby mobiles. They come in so many designs and they look absolutely great hanging in your nursery. Mobiles are good for babies’ sensory development, particularly for their eyes to start tracking motion. I love checking out the mobiles in the baby section of my local stores. One I have a special love for is Crate and Barrel’s Solar System Mobile:
Cool right? But at $99, I decided to go ahead and make my own DIY baby mobile. And here’s how you can make yours!
What you’ll need to make your own DIY scholarly origami book mobile:
- Metal ring (you can also use an embroidery hoop)
- Nylon thread
- 30 ft of hemp cording (or yarn)
- Eye needle
- Scrapbook paper pads, NOT THICK CARDSTOCK (7; 1 for each book cover)
- 49 sheets of printer paper
- Glue stick
- Choose 7 paper pad designs that you want to use as the cover for your books. Cut the paper into 3 x 6 in rectangles. I used a ruler and pencil to mark a line before I cut the papers with scissors. You can also use an X-ACTO blade or a paper cutter, which will make this super tedious process a whole lot faster.
- Do the same with the 49 sheets of printer paper. You’ll need 7 sheets for each book.
- Now it’s time to fold! Follow Paper Kawaii’s tutorial below to fold your books. I recommend practicing with regular printer paper for the cover in case you mess up the first time and don’t wanna ruin your nice paper.
- Once you’ve finished folding the books, glue the back pages together because they come apart when you hang them.
- The nylon thread should be cut double the length of your intended length for each book because you’ll be folding the strings in half to loop onto the metal ring. My book lengths were 8, 11, 17, 21, 30, 34, and 40 cm so you would need the thread length to be double that (cut at 16, 22, 34, 42, 60, 68, and 80 cm!). Feel free to come up with your own measurements as well. You can also cut longer strands and adjust the length later.
- Thread both ends of a single thread into the needle and make a hole near the top of a book. Poke the needle from outside in to avoid fraying of the paper outwardly which doesn’t look as pretty. You want to end up having the loose ends of the thread inside of the book.
- Tie the two ends together. I recommend tying them 2-3 times, just enough to act as a stopper. Too large and they will cause the end of your book to buckle, too small and the thread will just slip through the hole.
- Repeat steps 6-7 for all your books.
- Grab your metal ring and the hemp cording. Cut the cording to about 25 inches to make it easier to wrap without getting tangled. Leaving about a two inch tail, tie the cord around the metal ring. Tightly wrap the cord around the ring and the tail. Once you’ve reached the end of the cord, leave another 2 inches and with another 25 inch cord, tie it to the end of the previous cord. Continue wrapping the new cord on top of the old and new tails. Repeat this process until you reach the end of the metal ring. Tie a knot to secure the ends.
- Cut three more pieces of 25 inch cording. Fold them in half and create a loop to feed the two loose ends through to secure to the ring. Separate the three cords in three equal sections. To ensure that the mobile will hang evenly, you can hold all three strings and place the ring on a flat surface to see if it lays flat. Make any adjustments with the cords. I recommend hovering over the strings so you can spot any unevenness. Make a knot to secure the three sets of strings. Then make another knot an inch higher. You’ll end up with a little loop with which you can hang your mobile.
- For this step, I recommend finding a place to hang your empty mobile so you can start adding the books. Place your book into the loop to secure it to the ring. Adjust the heights of the string if necessary. You may want to pay around with the positioning of the books for the ideal look of the mobile. And voila, you’re done! Enjoy your DIY scholarly origami book mobile!
This DIY took more time than I expected, but I loved the results. I already have some ideas for my next DIY baby mobile!
For safety reasons, avoid hanging your mobile directly over a crib.
Have you fallen in love with a baby mobile lately?