The story of this handmade paper mobile starts with the search for a sloped-ceiling solution. In New England, charming Cape Cod-style homes are ubiquitous. We bought our cozy mid-1940s Cape from the original owner and while we’ve done a LOT of renovations to overcome the formerly choppy layout on the first floor, we can’t do much about the sloped ceilings in the two upstairs bedrooms. I had visions of a beautiful mobile gently dancing above my daughter’s crib, but needless to say, the sloped ceilings put a wrinkle in that plan. All of the mobiles I coveted required a much higher ceiling clearance than I had, considering her crib is situated underneath one of the sloped walls.
Not only did I want to avoid banging my face into floating shapes every time I put Elsa in her crib, I also preferred that she not be able to reach up and yank the whole thing down, as toddlers are prone to do. With those parameters in mind, I put on my crafty pants and got to work.
I knew I wanted something that would be a close match to the DwellStudio bedding she and I both love so much. We talk a lot about “her birdies” during our bedtime routine, so if felt like it would be the perfect connection to have some sparrows flying overhead as she drifted off to sleep.
Once I had my inspiration, it was all a question of pulling out my scissors, supplies, doing a few measurements in my daughter’s room, and sitting down for some trial and error engineering.