Kidnetic Crib Mobile

Amuse the tiny tot in your life by simply using cookie cutters to build this kidnetic crib mobile.


  • This version of the kidnetic crib mobile lets you use cookie cutters to draw the mobile figures.
    Photo by Lightbox Images Photography
  • Making relief cuts.
    Technical drawing by Peter Sherratt
  • Assembly plan
    Technical drawing by Peter Sherratt

Anyone looking for versatile, modern and inexpensive furniture has to look no further than PlyDesign (Storey Publishing, 2012) by Philip Schmidt. Schmidt, a former carpenter, offers toys, games and furnishings suited for everyone. Each design is crafted using plywood, or a number of other readily available sheet materials. The following excerpt is a simple kidnetic crib mobile.

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Kidnetic Crib Mobile

Designed by Christie Murata, adapted by Kathy and Philip Schmidt 



Delighted, fixated, entranced, giddy, zoned out, amused, bewitched... any of these enviable states of mind fairly describes a baby caught in the spell of a mobile. And the best kind of mobile is moved by the silent forces of air and gravity (not a wind-up model that spins in one direction while playing off-key snippets of Mozart). The traditional mobile shown here is a simple adaptation of one of the designer’s more elaborate originals, pieces that require considerable skill with a scroll saw, not to mention an artist’s attention to detail. This version lets you use cookie cutters to draw the mobile figures and a jigsaw to cut them out. But don’t worry — a quick Internet search yields thousands of different cookie cutters for sale, so your own mobile will be anything but, you know, cookie-cutter. 

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