How to Make a Family Tree Mobile: 11 Steps - MakeSureHow
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When your little one wakes up, smiling faces will greet him.

Mobiles can relax your little one when it’s time for night-night or provide stimulation when she’s awake. By adding the pictures of immediate family members into the mix, you create a focal point that lets your toddler see the faces of those who love her. As your child gets older, you can move the mobile from above her bed to above a toy chest or desk, and update the pictures annually -- it’s one of the few childhood mementos that can truly last a lifetime.


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    Gather photographs of the people that you want to add onto the family tree mobile. Limit the amount of photos you add to the mobile to keep it light weight. Consider adding a picture of your child, you, your partner and your tot’s grandparents. Adding too much more can make the mobile appear crowded and overwhelming -- the opposite of chic, sophisticated and collected.
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    Make two copies of each photo. Hone in your computer skills to scan and print copies of photos, or visit a local copy shop to create duplicates on a color copier.
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    Cut the photos into circles using a circle cutter. Cut the photo of your kiddo so it has a 2.5-inch diameter, and the photo of you and your partner so they’re 2 inches. Then cut the pictures of the grandparents so they each have a 1.5-inch diameter. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a circle cutter; scissors work just as well.
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    Cut the pieces of poster board into circles. Choose a separate color for the picture of your little one, the pictures of you and your partner and the pictures of the grandparents. The pieces of poster board should have a diameter that’s a ½ inch larger than their corresponding pictures. You’ll end up with one circle that measures 3 inches for the picture of your little one, two that measure 2.5 inches for the pictures of you and your partner and four circles that are 2 inches for the pictures of the grandparents.
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    Center and glue the pictures onto their respective pieces of colored poster board. Since the mobile pieces are double-sided, glue a picture to the back and front of each piece of poster board.
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    Punch a small hole along the top and bottom of each piece of poster board circle. (The top of the circle is near the head.) Measure and mark the 1/8-inch point from the bottom and top of each poster board circle and punch holes at the marks you made. Unless you’re hanging extra photos from the pictures of the grandparents, you don’t need to punch holes at the bottom of their pictures.
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    Thread and knot 6-inch lengths of fishing line through the holes that you punched into the poster board.
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    Attach the photo of your little one to the two longest dowels. Make a simple knot to secure the top length of finishing line to the center of the 10-inch dowel. Do the same to secure the bottom length of fishing line to the center of the 16-inch dowel.
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    Measure and mark 1.5 inches in from either side of the 16-inch dowel and tie the fishing line at the top of the pictures of you and your partner to the points that you marked. Secure the fishing line at the bottom of each picture to the center of an 8-inch long dowel. (One dowel will hang from the picture of you and another will hang from the picture of your partner.)
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    Tie the fishing line at the top of the grandparents’ pictures 1.5 inches in from either side of the 8-inch dowels. You should have two pictures hanging from each dowel.
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    Cut a 24-inch length of fishing line. Attach the ends of the line to either side of the 10-inch dowel so you can hang the mobile from the ceiling.


  • If the dowels are off balance, use paper clips that match the color of the poster board to add weight to one side or the other.If you want the dowels to be less noticeable, paint them the same color as the room before you start to attach the pictures.You don’t have to cut the pictures and poster board into circles. Squares, hearts and leaf shapes work well, too.

Things You'll Need

  • Photographs, two pictures of each person
  • Poster board in three different colors
  • Circle cutter
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line, any weight
  • 1 dowel, 10 inches long
  • 1 dowel, 16 inches long
  • 2 dowels, 8 inches long

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