This is the crib mobile we bought when Little H was a baby. It’s nothing super special. It was inexpensive and gender neutral but we have video of her cooing and smiling at the stuffed animals going by. Fast forward to baby number two, and we used it on his crib as well. I have fond memories of my children watching the musical mobile go ’round.
Now that Baby N is pulling up to stand we had to take it down.
I got sad.
I know it’s just a mobile and I know that I shouldn’t feel so nostalgic about every freakin thing in my house. But I do. I can’t help it. It’s just the way I am. I thought stuffing it into (an already overstuffed) closet would be silly. Keeping small items in a memory box is one thing but cramming awkward and never to be used again baby gear into non-existent storage space would just be insane. So I came up with a plan. A plan to keep the mobile alive and useful in our homes decor.
Step #1 – Cut the animals off the mobile
Step #2 – Thread a needle with fine gauge floral wire
Step #3 – Do unspeakable things the likes of which Vegas Body Suspension artists are known for.
Step #4 – I realize this is more than one step all mashed together – go with it…
Point 1 – find a piece of colored paper and measure it against your mat board.
Point 2 – Cut to size
Point 3 – Poke holes for your floral wire to pass through the colored paper.
Point 4 – Put the wire in the holes.
Point 5 – Twist to secure (gently, you don’t want to tear the paper)
Point 6 – (not shown) tape the wire to the back of the paper to secure further.
Step #5 – Cram it all into a Shadow Box
It was at this point in my project that the Hubs nicely points out – ‘You have 5 animals and only 3 boxes.’
To which I replied…’The lion and panda are too fat to fit. I’ll only use the skinny guys.’
“Oh”, he says, “So it’s like that now. Total fatty discrimination.”
Step #6- Admire your new Wall Hangings!