DIY Butterfly Mobile

Make this DIY mobile with your little one to create a colorful addition to a nursery, bedroom or play area.

By Christopher Clouder and Janni Nicol
January 2016

Creative Play book cover 

Creative Play for Your Toddler (Gaia, 2008) by Christopher Clouder and Janni Nicol introduces the Steiner Waldorf philosophy, which aims to help children develop naturally and holistically. Along with 20 natural, homemade toys, Clouder and Nicol offer advice on help your toddler develop through creative, imaginative play. The following excerpt offers simple step-by-step instructions for working with your child to create a DIY Butterfly Mobile.

This lovely mobile appeals to everyone who sees it, whether a baby, a toddler, a young child or an adult. It embodies colour, movement and sound and casts different impressions as it catches the sunlight, brightening up a dull corner of the kitchen or bedroom.

Use all the colours of the rainbow to make the butterflies or change their colours to reflect those of the changing seasons: green and yellow in summer and silver and red in winter. Make the mobile with your little one watching. It is so simple to make that she can join in and will enjoy twisting the pipe cleaner into a body, head and feelers or scrunching the tissue wings to fit into the body.