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This mobile is awesome.  Pictures don’t do it justice.  It spins and spins and spins.  Mason is mesmerized by it.  Hopefully, B will be the same way mesmerized right to sleep 🙂

The idea for the mobile came from Anything Pretty which utilized this pattern from Heather Bailey. One change I made is adding a smaller size – 2/3 of the original – to make less waste and get multiple out of a 12×12 scrapbooking sheet. 

  1. Step 2

    Cut out pattern(s).  I glued them to a cereal box to make them thicker and easier to trace

  2. Trace and cut out 2 patterns for each pinwheel.  This part takes a while.  Luckily Mason helped 🙂
  3. Punch the holes in the spokes.
  4. Glue 2 cutouts together in the center adding an eyelet.

    Step 4

  5. Gather the spokes and secure with a small brad.  This is the hardest part and requires more the two hands/ten fingers.  I found it helpful the separate the brad wings a little bit before gathering the spokes.

Assembling the mobile –

Materials: dowels painted silver, fishing line, and super glue….and lots of patience

A bead at the end of the fishing line keeps the pinwheel on the line while still allowing it to spin.  A small dab of glue will help keep the fishing line from sliding on the dowel which would result in a crooked mobile. [It’s all about static equilibrium and torque.  I have my students make mobiles and show calculations on where to attach the fulcrums, etc.  I didn’t do any calculations…but they don’t need to know that.]


I love this thing.  It’s sassy and hopefully will make baby happy.