How to Make a Mobile for the Baby's Nursery using your Cricut

Homemade Cards and Scrapbook Layouts are easy to make using the Cricut machine and my recipients are always touched by getting a handmade card.

Having a Cricut machine gives inspiration everywhere for handmade projects. Together with eye-pleasing scrapbook cardstock, you and your Cricut can create so many different projects for your own home too.

Project: A Baby's Room Mobile

This week I found inspiration from my newest Cricut Cartridge: Nursery Rhymes. This cartridge is so sweet; filled with images and sentiments to cutout from all of your favorite nursery rhymes. If you have little ones or gifts to give others, I would recommend this cartridge.

I decided to make a mobile featuring the "Hey Diddle Diddle" nursery rhyme. It was alot of work;however, a very easy to make project with my Cricut machine.

I was able to create two-sided cutouts which when adhered together are perfect for a mobile moving around. Unfortunately you cannot create a two-sided version of the sentiments.

Specifics

Cricut Cartridge: Don Juan

Cricut Cartridge: Nursery Rhymes

Blade Depth: #2

Pressure: Max

Speed: Medium

Cat and the Fiddle

Step by Step

Cat and the Fiddle Cutouts

1. Cut one <CatFidle>, pg 25, size 4", using Base Shadow Blackout and CatFidle Keyboard key for the bottom shadow layer. Cut one <CatFidle>, using CatFidle Keyboard key for the top intricate layer.

2. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

3. Cut one <CatFidle>, pg 25, size 4", using Flip, Base Shadow Blackout, and CatFidle Keyboard key for the mirror image flipped bottom shadow layer. Cut one <CatFidle> using and CatFidle Keyboard Key for the mirror image flipped top layer.

4. Adhere flipped top layer to bottom layer. Adhere the two finished cutouts to each other, back to back so you have a two-sided Cat and Fiddle finished cutout.

5. Cut one <CatFidle>, page 25, size 4", using Phrase and CatFidle Keyboard key for top intricate CatFidle cutout. Cut one <CatFidle> using Phrase Shadow Blackout and Keyboard key for bottom layer.

6. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

Cow Jumped over the Moon

Step by Step

Over the Moon Cutouts

1. Cut one <OverMoon>, pg 26, size 4", using Base Shadow Blackout and OverMoon Keyboard key for the bottom shadow layer. Cut one <OverMoon>, using OverMoon Keyboard key for the top intricate layer.

2. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

3. Cut one <OverMoon>, pg 26, size 4", using Flip, Base Shadow Blackout, and OverMoon Keyboard key for the mirror image flipped bottom shadow layer. Cut one <OverMoon> using Flip and OverMoon Keyboard key for the mirror image flipped top layer.

4. Adhere flipped top layer to bottom layer. Adhere the two finished cutouts to each other, back to back so you have a two-sided Over Moon finished cutout.

5. Cut one <OverMoon>, page 26, size 4", using Phrase and OverMoon Keyboard key for top intricate OverMoon cutout. Cut one <OverMoon> using Phrase Shadow Blackout and Keyboard key for bottom layer.

6. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

The Little Dog Laughed...

Step by Step

To create the "Little Dog Laughed..." I used a couple of unrelated Nursery Rhyme cartridge images and carefully cutout the Dog images. In hindsight, you could just 4x the Old Mother Hubbard image Cutout using Normal and Flip versions, then cut the dog image, but I used Dog A Bone and Mother Hubbard dog images.

1. Cut one <DogABone>, pg 39, Size 4", using Base Shadow Blackout and DogABone keyboard key for the bottom layer. Cut one <DogABone>, pg 39, Size 4", using DogABone keyboard key. Carefully cut away the dog image cutout. Adhere together. Cut one <DogABone>, pg 39, Size 4", using Flip, Base Shadow Blackout and DogABone keyboard key for the bottom layer. Cut one <DogABone>, pg 39, Size 4", using Flip and DogABone keyboard key. Carefully cut away the dog image cutout. Adhere together.

2. Cut one <MthrHbrd>, Size 4", using Base Shadow Blackout and Mother Hubbard keyboard key for the bottom layer. Cut one <MthrHbrd>, pg 39, Size 4", using Flip, Base Shadow Blackout and Mother Hubbard keyboard key for the bottom layer. Adhere the two mirrored image shadow cutouts together. These will serve as a finished cutout for the little dog sentiment. It fits perfectly.

3. Cut one <MthrHbrd>, Size 4", using Phrase and Mother Hubbard keyboard key. Cut one <MthrHbrd>, Size 4", using Flip, Phrase, and Mother Hubbard keyboard key. Cut the little dog cutout away on both and adheret to both sides of the finished adhered shadow cutout.

Using DonJuan Cartridge

2. Cut two "Little Dog Laughed", Size 4",

3. Adhere the two sets of the sentiment to the finished base shadow as shown.

The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Step by Step

Dish & Spoon Cutouts

1. Cut one <DishSpoon>, pg 27, size 4", using Base Shadow Blackout and DishSpoon Keyboard key for the bottom shadow layer. Cut one <DishSpoon>, using DishSpoon Keyboard key for the top intricate layer.

2. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

3. Cut one <DishSpoon>, pg 27, size 4", using Flip, Base Shadow Blackout, and DishSpoon Keyboard key for the mirror image flipped bottom shadow layer. Cut one <DishSpoon> using Flip and DishSpoon Keyboard key for the mirror image flipped top layer.

4. Adhere flipped top layer to bottom layer. Adhere the two finished cutouts to each other, back to back so you have a two-sided Dish Spoon finished cutout.

5. Cut one <DshSpoon>, page 27, size 4", using Phrase and DishSpoon Keyboard key for top intricate Dish & Spoon cutout. Cut one <DshSpoon> using Phrase Shadow Blackout and Keyboard key for bottom layer.

6. Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

To Finish

CrossBar: Take two pieces of heavy cardboard, cut into strip and adhere together to form a crossbar for the mobile. If you choose, you can paint and decorate the crossbar.

Hanging the Cutouts: Punch a tiny hole in the center of each cutout then thread your material for hanging the cutout through. I used Thin Plastic Sewing Thread but a heavier thread can be used it will be seen more clearly too.

Hanging the Crossbar: I used a thin 1/4" ribbon to hang the mobile. With the poker from the Cricut Essentials Kit, create a hole in the center of the crossbar. Thread the ribbon through, make a knot and cut off the other end of the ribbon at the desired length for hanging. On each of the crossbar ends, use a strong tape and fasten four more pieces of ribbon. Gather the 5 ribbons ends, make a knot while making sure the crossbar hangs level.

Cutouts: Take each of the cutout shapes and sentiments and space them at different levels on the crossbar. To do this, you make a slipknot with the wire on each cutout. I tried to hang my sentiments at a different level than the shapes.

DONE!

It's a time consuming project but I think it is so special to keep or give as a baby gift. The Theme of this mobile can be changed to one of the other nursery rhymes too.

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Krysanthe 5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

What a cute idea. The possibilities are endless.

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