Mobile Madness

Craft paper owl

I have eight — count ’em, eight — friends having babies within about four months of one other.

  1. What the heck is in the water?
  2. Yay for babies!
  3. That’s a lot of shower presents.

So I cruised the Internet for crafty inspiration, and my new favorite things are mobiles and owls. Here are a few gems I found and made that elicited immediate and reverberating gasps from shower guests, quickly followed with, “Pass it around!”

This owl mobile was inspired by the background image of a picture frame project from Jo-Ann Fabric. I like it because it’s unisex, and you can pair it with a sweet handmade crinkle toy from Susan Beal at CraftStylish.

Single Bird Bird Mobile

This bird mobile from Spool Sewing is sweet enough for baby, and hip enough for friends. Here is a free pattern download so you can try it yourself. Word to the wise: the original design has the birds perched atop branches, which is uh-dorable. However, the birds make the branches top-heavy and it’s tricky to keep them from falling forward. (They’re not as cute when they look dead.) So I opted to suspend mine with ribbon.

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  1. Stephanie K says:

    I love my adorable little owl! Thanks for being so darn crafty.

  2. Raechel says:

    Do you have a pattern for the owls??? I would love to make this for my little boy that is going to be born in 4 weeks.

  3. Bronte says:

    I ADORE this. Our theme for our blog this month is owls and I am definetly including this, with a link back to you of course. I actually squealed aloud (although not uncommon, but highly comendable) when I saw this.

    Great great great job, keep up the wonderful work!
    <3 B

  4. joanna says:

    Hey! I love owl crafts. I recently ordered some owl things from Etsy and love them! I think you should get an Etsy site, your things would be a for sure hit. Thanks for posting the owl pattern, I’m not too crafty myself, but I do appreciate others’ crafts! Maybe this will be my inspiration to make an owl pillow or a mobile for my boys even though they might think they are too big for it! I know they would have fun helping me make it too! ☺
    P.S. I love the bird mobile too!

    • Amy says:

      Joanna, maybe cool “boy” craft paper with skulls or trucks or something would make your boys think an owl mobile is okay.:) It would be a fun project to do with them! Otherwise, nothin’ wrong with making it for yourself… maybe hanging it in your laundry room, or somewhere unexpected.

      Thanks for the Etsy encouragement! I keep thinking I need to set up shop. One of these days…..

  5. Amy says:

    Fantastic! i looove owls. i actually make my own and sell them. i love how many different types there are and all so unique too! keep up the fab work! feel free to find me on FB ‘ Moosh Moo Baby’

    Amy 🙂