DIY Paper Airplane Mobile

Howdy! Time is flying and I am still putting the minor finishing touches on my baby boy’s nursery. I’ve had this DIY Paper Airplane Mobile up since he started sleeping in his crib and he just loves to look up at it, so I thought I’d share it with you. It adds the perfect amount of whimsy to his room and was so easy and cheap!

{*update: Nursery Reveal can be seen here}

Easy DIY paper airplane nursery mobile perfect for a modern baby nursery
All you need is some printed paper (thin scrapbook paper works perfect,) clear thread, paperclips, glue and the inside ring of an embroidery hoop.
  • First I made 6 paper airplanes in different prints and colors of paper. Make as many paper airplanes as you want. There are many different styles but I chose to do the classic throw across the classroom paper airplane. For instructions on how to fold a paper airplane look {here}.
  • Then I cut a piece of thread for each airplane. Go ahead and cut them all the length of the longest desired and you can trim them later to get the right variation in length.
  • I tied each piece of thread to a paperclip at one end.
  • Then I glued the paperclip into the fold of each plane (see picture below.) While the glue is still tacky hold it up by the string to make sure the plane is level. If it isn’t you many need to slide the paperclip in one direction or the other until it is level and add  a bit more glue. The extra glue will also help reinforce the airplane.
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  • While the glue is drying I cut 5 more pieces of string of about equal lengths. (This will be how far the mobile hangs from the ceiling. Cut them longer than you think because it can always be trimmed later.)
  • I tied one end of each piece of thread to the embroidery hoop evenly spaced around the hoop
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  • Then gather the other ends of these pieces of thread and hold the hoop up off of the ground. Adjust the strings until the hoop hangs level and tie them in a knot about 5 inches down. (The bottom knot in the picture above.)
  • Once the glue on the planes is dry, tie each airplane to the hoop. (You will need to trim the threads as you go so that the planes hang at different lengths.)
  • Hang the mobile using a small ceiling hook by making a loop at the top. (pictured)  This is where you may need to trim the top threads to get the length you want. **Remember, your tiny baby will be standing in his or her crib at some point, so hang it high enough that they won’t pull it down on themselves.
DIY Paper Airplane Nursery Mobile Tutorial

What a great view to doze off to! Just enough gentle movement to get him peacefully into la-la land.

This was just one project in the nursery…here are some more!

{Modern Baby Boy Nursery Reveal}

modern boy nursery

{Real Life Tricks to an Uber Functional Diaper Changing Station}

stress free diaper changing station

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

12 thoughts on “DIY Paper Airplane Mobile

  1. Pilar says:

    Where did you find the double sided paper? That has been my biggest challenge, I find paper I like but the back side is white.

    1. Hi there! I found this paper in the scrapbook paper section at Michael’s craft store. It isn’t double sided. The back of the papers I used are also white, but whey you fold them you don’t see the white. Hope that helps you!

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  5. Hello Corey! I just found you through Slice of Suburbia. I love your creativity! Would you mind answering a question? A few posts shot you shared your reading nook. There’s a pillow with bird cages. Where did that fabric come from? I think I’m in love!!

  6. A paper airplane mobile is such a unique idea for a baby boy’s nursery. Thanks so much for sharing your project with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

    1. Thanks Paula! I’m hoping paper airplanes are something that will grow with my little mister too! Such a classic boy theme.

  7. Love this Corey! I think even bigger kids would love to have this in their rooms! Excited to see more of your site. I’m a new follower! (Thanks for following me at!)

  8. This is so cute! I love how you have a pic of you and your sidekick! I have one myself and she helps me with everything I craft or do! I am a new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

  9. aww so cute!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Pin It Tuesday!

  10. I’m working on a nursery for a baby boy too, and I love this idea! I look forward to seeing the completed nursery.

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