When I started planning out our nursery, I knew that I wanted a travel theme; however, I wanted it to be different than the standard planes, suitcases, or vintage pictures. I love things like maps and skylines and wanted to incorporate those into my nursery.
One place where I wasn’t sure how to decorate was with the baby mobile. I finally decided on doing a baby mobile with Hot Air Balloons. So the first thing I did was look at etsy. I fell in love with a gorgeous 3D fabric mobile; however, it was $300 and I couldn’t really justify spending that much on it. So I started thinking DIY. I do have to say, about half way through this project and covered in glue, spending $300 wasn’t sounding so bad.
DIY Paper Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile
I knew that I wanted a 3D aspect to the mobile so I was glad when I found a 3D Hot Air Balloon shape in the Silhouette Studio design store. It consists of 6 Hot Air Balloon shapes which can be cut out of a 12×12 sheet of paper. I really wanted some map aspects into the mobile so I was glad when I found some map scrapbooking paper (otherwise I was going to go pick up some old atlases to cut up). I also found some fun papers such as bunting, polka dots, glitter, and quarter-foil to add to the hot air balloons.
Once the hot air balloon sections were cut, I created combinations of the different papers and glued them together. I also glued a string of bakers twine into the balloon to use to hang it (make sure to give some extra length, it can always be shortened later).
For the mobile itself, I used this hanging photo mobile which will hold 10 hot air balloons. Many of the strings ended up getting cut quite a bit as the mobile itself hangs down pretty low. I would recommend using a Light Tack mat for this project; I had a couple balloons which needed to be repaired where the basket attaches to the rest of the balloon as the paper ripped when taking it off the mat.
This DIY Paper Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile was the perfect addition to our nursery. It continued the travel theme; and added some fun colors and patterns to the room. I do have to say that this project took a bit longer than originally anticipated. My estimation is that from start to finish, this baby mobile took roughly 6 hours to complete (hence the reason I started contemplating simply buying one about half way through).
I am so glad that I stuck with this project as I absolutely love how it turned out. The hot air balloons appear to float around as the air moves in the room.
I adore all the different patterns you have used. So cheerful!
Eugenia Lung says
That is sooo pretty!!! Looks like a fun project too!
These are the cutest, coolest things! Can’t wait to try!
Sandy a la Mode says
ok this is ADORABLE! great job!!!
Jessica Holoka says
This turned out great! You did an awesome job on it!
wonderful project and lovely results! i’d like one over my bed too! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Cheryl | TimeToCraft says
It looks fab. Glad you stuck to it.
Ok I need that in my life, even though my kids are all grown up. LOL That is adorable!
the cape on the corner says
i LOVE this! this is totally on par with what i would do for a nursery. can’t wait to see more.
Jenny Gill says
This is absolutely adorable! Wish I had seen it when I was pregnant, really wanted hot air balloons in his room, but couldn’t find the perfect one. (visiting via SITS)
Barb Marshall says
I love your choices of papers, especially incorporating ‘map’s. I have so much paper that this is a great idea to keep in mind to use up leftover pieces. Visiting via SITSShareFest
How adorable! I love the hot air balloon theme, but I can also see how that project could take so long. I bet your little one is going to love it, though.
Diana Rambles says
These are adorable!
Serious, this is so cuteI LOVE hot air balloons and your technique is so easy to replicate. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog link party, hope to see you again :)
Kathleen Rupp says
That’s too cute! I love it because it is different, adorable and done well!!
This mobile is so sweet! I’m always tackling crazy DIYS because I see an awesome product that is way to expensive :)
Super cute! Thanks for sharing your great project on Share Your Style
Lynn woods says
So adorable! I should make this for my nephew who is due any day now. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersLinkParty!
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Super cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party @DearCreatives shared