Repurposed Toys Hanging Mobile

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Square feature image of a hanging mobile made out of small plastic toys.

Learn how to make a colorful hanging mobile from repurposed toys in your kid’s toy chest!

This upcycled mobile is inexpensive and a great way to display your child’s tiny toys and treasures.

I came up with this idea when I noticed that the bottom of my son’s toy chest was filled with little cars, tiny figures, and an array of plastic stuff! Some of the toys were broken but most had just been forgotten about.

I was ready to scoop them all up and throw them all out until I came up with the idea to make a hanging mobile and repurpose his toys into something fun and new for his bedroom. I found my paddle ball toys at Dollar Tree. Below in the supplies list is a link to similar ones on Amazon.

Below are the steps I took to make one. I recommend that an adult do the assembling, like drilling, adding hook eye screws to toys, and stringing plastic lacing cord through the paddles, then recruit the kids to help string on the beads and toys.

Supplies

Photo of the supplies used to make a hanging mobile out of children's toys.

How to Make a Repurposed Toys Hanging Mobile – 5 Easy Steps

STEP 1:

Drill holes into tiny toys that don’t have a natural hole already. For some toys, it may make sense to add a metal screw eye.

Photo of a drill and holes made into tiny toys and screw eyes in other toys to make a hanging mobile.
Drill holes or add a screw eye to 20 or so tiny toys.

STEP 2:

Cut four strands of colorful plastic lacing cord about 6 feet in length.

Photo of three colorful plastic cords used to make a hanging mobile made of old toys.

STEP 3:

Drill a hole into the center of each paddle and handle.

Tie a knot about 12 inches down on three of your cords and string paddles together — paddle to handle with the graphic side down — tying a knot about 1.5 inches above each paddle as you go. This will give space between the paddles so they look like they are hovering over each other.

Photo of how to tie knots between paddle ball toys to make the top of the hanging mobile.
Tie a knot about 1.5 inches above the paddle.
Photos of the paddles being tied together to make a hanging mobile out of repurposed toys.
Three paddles strung together.

STEP 4:

With the three paddles strung together, add a cord that will hang through the center (yellow in the photo below).

Now, tie all four cords together at the top (2 knots spaced about 1 inch apart). At this point, you should have four long cords hanging down.

Photo to show how the paddles should hang after being strung together ot make a handing mobile out of kids toys.
Add a fourth cord to the center.

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STEP 5:

String toys and beads onto the lacing cords. Tie a loose knot after each toy or set of beads to stop all the toys and beads from running together on the string.

Close up photo of toys and beads strung onto plastic cording to finish the Kid's Room Toy Mobile.
String beads and toys.
Vertical photo of a completed DIY Toy Mobile in a child's room with blue walls and curtains.
Finished Toy Mobile

Hang up your mobile and enjoy.

Pinterest Pin with photo of the top part of a DIY Toy Mobile. Neon photo of kids toys at the top. Vertical Pinterest Pin to share or pin to a board to come back to later.
Pin the image above to your DIY Pinterest Boards for later!

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