Need a fun addition to your baby's nursery? This simple upcycled CD craft is perfect! A moon and stars DIY nursery mobile is an excellent way to turn trash into treasure and create a fun addition to any baby or kids' room. You only need a few supplies and about 30-minutes to make this adorable craft that is sure to be a hit with any kid!
Moon and Stars DIY Nursery Mobile From Old CD's
Nursery mobiles are a great way to add decoration to your child’s room and they are great for entertaining and encouraging interaction with your little one. With this DIY nursery mobile, you get to customize it to look exactly the way you want.
Just because your baby can't speak to you doesn't mean they won't enjoy something shiny and pretty in their bedroom. In the past, I made these cute moon and sun baby room decorations, but this time it's a mobile that is going to be the star. There are tons of ways to add decor to a baby room from things like this to displaying something like this fun Minnie Mouse diaper wreath. Just get busy crafting!
What Can I Use to Cut Old CDs?
When you are cutting the CD for the smaller pieces in this you can use scissors or an exactor knife. There are also other metal cutters that can be used that are designed for cutting harder materials like CDs. Using a heat gun to warm up the CD can make it easier to cut.
I was surprised at how easy it was to cut them into the desired shapes just with a good pair of craft scissors. If you do go with scissors, I would make sure they are very sharp and would discourage you from using good scissors you use for fabric or felt.
What is Best for Attaching The CDs to the String?
While I used a glue gun to attach these to the fishing line, you can use other methods if you prefer. With the glue gun, you simply placed a star on the table, added the line, glue, and a star on top. This sandwiching method makes it super easy to add them and make sure they have the shiny side showing no matter how they move around.
Another option for this is to use a metal punch or soldering iron and cut small holes at the top of each piece. Then you can string the line through them and tie a knot to secure it in place. If you do this, however, you will want to make sure both sides are shiny and labels removed, or paint them so they are matching.
How do I Remove Sharp Edges from The CD Pieces?
You can remove some of the sharp edges from the CD pieces by rubbing a piece of sandpaper along the edges. Medium grit works best but even fine or heavy will work well too.
Honestly, though, they weren't all that sharp once cut into pieces. Plus, since they will be hanging up and not used as a toy, you won't be touching them so there won't be a worry about getting cut. So, you can easily skip this part if desired.
Fun Ways to Decorate This Mobile
The sky is the limit when you are decorating this upcycled CD mobile. You can add craft paper, construction paper, or craft foam to the cd or you can simply paint it. You can add washi tape, beads, sequins, or glitter to the pieces.
One thing I think would be super fun is to add glow-in-the-dark paint to the stars and moon. That way when the lights are out, it can act like a little nightlight of sorts in their bedroom. Such a fun idea could be easy to manage with glow-in-the-dark spray paint.
You can even find some inspiration from some of our other baby ideas. We've made things like diaper cake trains, diaper cake owls, and even diaper cake castles that could all be a fun addition you could grab colors and styles from to add to your mobile so they match.
How Should I Hang These to The Ceiling?
When you are hanging this from the ceiling, you can use string or yarn or even rope. If you want to have a floating look, you can also use a fishing line as we did. You can secure it to the ceiling with a hook, staples, or secure it to the ceiling with tacks or nails. Use whatever method works best for you and keeps it secure and out of reach of the little ones.
- Old CDs or DVD's
- Fishing Line
- Ink pen
- Soldering iron
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks or hot glue rope
How to Make a Baby Mobile from Old CDs
Lay a CD on a flat surface, then cover half of it with a second CD to create a half-moon shape.Trace along the edge with a pen or marker.
Cut the half-moon shape out.
Repeat on a second CD to create two and set those aside.
On the remaining part of the CD, trace a star shape.
Cut out the star.
Repeat until you have 30 stars cut out of the CDs and set them aside.
Use a ruler to mark off 8 dots at an equal distance around the outer rim of a CD.
Use a soldering iron to burn holes at each of the marks so you have 8 open holes around the edge of the CD.
String a bead through the fishing line, then thread the fishing line through the hole on the CD and tie a knot to secure it.
A few inches below the CD, tie another bead in place.
1" from the bead, add a star below the fishing line. then add glue on top.
Place a second star over the top. Press to seal keeping the line between the stars.
Continue this by adding at least 4 strings, but up to 8 to the CD.
For the last strand, add the first two stars to the line, then the third place, glue the half-moon pieces in place.
Continue adding additional stars below the moon.
Once all strands are in place, add an additional fishing line through the holes on the CD and pull them up together and tie in a knot.
You can also add a bead around the bundle of fishing lines for more decoration.
Hang from the ceiling to display.
More Upcycled CD Craft Ideas
Have leftover CDs on hand? Get busy using them in some of my other fun crafts. Upcycling is so much fun! You so easily see trash turn to treasure when you follow simple steps like the ones in this project. Bookmark some or all of the craft ideas below for your next big craft project day!
- Upcycled CD Coffee Bean Coaster
- Old CD Pincushion Basket
- Decorative Upcycled Old CD or DVD Curtain Holder
- Upcycled Old CD or DVD Pocket Wall Organizer
- DIY Old CD/DVD Moon and Sun Baby Room Decoration
- Upcycled CD and Tin Can Wind Chime
Hang from the ceiling with a fishing line, ribbon, or twine. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Hang from the ceiling with a fishing line, ribbon, or twine.
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Add glitter or glow-in-the-dark paint to make it pop in the dark.
It can even be hung outside as a wind chime!
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