Recycled Book Mobile

Transform old or outdated books into beautiful mobiles. Hung individually or in groups, these colorful mobiles add visual interest to playrooms and bedrooms, and are a fun way to bring a literary theme to a study space or reading nook.

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I can’t tell you the number of books I have acquired at age 54. Instead of throwing them out or collecting dust, this is a neat idea. Though I do give books I don’t want to the community Library too.
Thank you.

Can you elaborate on what thickness or how many pages th book should have? Does the height and width matter? These are so very neat looking, I just gotta do some with grandkids! Fun fun fun!

Hi Sue,

Thanks for contacting us! There are no specific measurements as the DIY is meant for you to create each mobile based on your preference and your book’s size. As a recommendation, do not use books that are heavy or very thick as the folds will get smashed over time. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions!

The Pottery Barn Kids Team

What a neat idea! But I couldn’t help but think… that voice sounds SO much like Mr. Rogers! 🙂 I’m sure he would have liked a craft like that.

Thanks for reaching out, Wendy! For the narrower circumference, cut out a large “C” shape once you’ve folded all of the pages. When every page has the same size “C” cut out, it creates a narrowing effect in the middle. Enjoy!

This is a clever idea. Can magazines be used, instead of books? If so, how many magazines would a hanging require? Could they be glued together somehow?

Thanks for reaching out! If you’d like to try with magazines, We’d recommend using at least 3-4 depending on how thick they are. This is not recommended, however, since binding all of the spines together with glue or staples will be tricky with the weight of the pages. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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