Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The (sort of) Gobbi Mobile
I have a thing for mobiles. I've just completed my second mobile for Freja, which I believe makes 3 lovely mobiles for this little lady (see the bird mobile posting). In the world of a newborn baby, they spend so much of their time looking at the things that hang above them. Our Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile by Manhattan Toys hangs over the changing pad, the bird mobile hangs over the (yet to be used) crib and Mama's glider, and this new mobile is for day time play. Luckily I read some advice that it is advisable to change the mobile every several weeks, so I am feeling justified in making another mobile.
I based this mobile off the Montessori style Gobbi mobile with 5 hanging balls of varying shades of the same color. Traditionally these balls are covered or wrapped in yarn or ribbon, but for a quick project, I simply painted wooden balls. Online these mobiles sell for $35 + yet my version came in under $5, not too bad. Below is a quick tutorial on how I made this mobile:
First I bought some 1 1/2 inch wooden balls from Casey's Wood Products and drilled holes in them. In retrospect I could have ordered wooden beads and saved myself the step of drilling.
Next I painted the balls using non-toxic paint in graduating shades of the color blue.
I found a stick in the woods. Many of the similar mobiles I found online used wooden dowels, but I am a big fan of using natural products whenever possible, thus the stick from the woods.
I threaded embroidery floss through the balls and hung them from the stick with the lightest colored ball positioned the highest. It was helpful to hang the ball starting with the center color so I could balance the weight of the balls.
Finally I positioned the mobile about 12 inches above the baby, and watched her become captivated.
I love the simplicity of this mobile and the instant effect it had on Freja!
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