How to DIY a Mid-Century Mobile Better Than Anything You Can Buy

Follow these simple steps to create a piece of art that will look just as great in your living room as a nursery.

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Photography by Rebecca Simms

Mobiles are becoming increasingly popular in design—and not just in babies’ rooms. Cool Mid-Century mobiles are popping up everywhere (even Target has a version!).

Fortunately, they’re not very difficult to make, and Rebecca Simms from Wylie West Creative built one just for Domino. Here, she lays out the steps to create one at home. The hardest part is choosing a color scheme.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

You Will Need:
Needle Nose Pliers
Lineman’s Pliers
Ruler
Scissors
Pencil
Hole Punch
Copper Wire - 16 gauge
Felt Sheets (3-4 colors)
Foam Sheets - 6x9 with adhesive sticky back (3-4 colors)
Brass Sheet Metal - .005 x 4 x 10”
Wood and Acrylic Beads - mixed sizes (optional)

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 1
Pick out your felt and foam sheet color combinations. Each shape will be two sided, with a different color combination. Once you have chosen the colors you want to use, start by removing the protective layer from the foam sheets before applying the sticky side directly to the felt sheet. Press down, and make sure there are no bubbles and that both sides are smooth.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 2
Begin by printing and then cutting out the provided template. Use these paper shapes and a pencil to create your cut lines on the foam side of each foam/felt sheet.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 3
Carefully cut out each shape you have traced on the foam side.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 4
Punch holes in your foam/felt shapes using the template provided.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 5
Carefully unravel the coil of copper wire. Use your fingertips to straighten out the rounded edges and line your wire up to the ruler.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 6
Next, use the ruler to measure each piece of wire before cutting. Refer to the wire measurements chart provided

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 7
Use pliers to create curved hooks on each end of the wire pieces.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 8
For pieces that need to connect to another wire bar, add a loop in the center.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Step 9
You do not need a center loop for the smaller pieces of wire that are used to connect shape to shape.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

String beads on another piece of wire, and attach it to the center of the mobile.

 diy mobile
Photography by Rebecca Simms

Hang it in your living room, and admire your handiwork.

Published on March 04, 2017 - 5:00am EST

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