In this post we are sharing how to make a DIY nursery camera mobile and how our nursery camera integrates with our home security system app for easy monitoring. Plus, an offer code for our readers! This post is sponsored by Reliant but as always all opinions and content are 100% our own.
We have a fun DIY decor project to share with you today that combines a little bit of crafting, a little bit of sewing, some power tools and cool technology. Our latest project was to make a mobile for our baby’s modern outdoor nursery to hang above the crib.
But we didn’t make just any mobile, we made a mobile with a camera built into it! Fun, right!? Today we are going to show you how we made our DIY nursery camera monitor mobile. If this project seems a bit intimidating, don’t worry, integrating a camera is much easier than it may sound.
I really wanted to make a whimsical mobile with little felt mountains, trees and clouds to fit with our outdoor/adventure nursery and it turns out a wood slice is the perfect place to hide a camera!
We recently upgraded the security system in our home to a Security by Reliant system and one of the products we got in our package was an indoor security camera. We knew we wanted to use it as a nursery camera but we didn’t want to just mount the camera to the wall, we wanted to try and find a unique solution to incorporate it into the decor.
Brent came up with an awesome idea to build the camera into the mobile that we had already planned on making and we are really excited about how it turned out.
You may be wondering, why not just use a baby monitor camera? You definitely could, but what we love about using a camera that is tied into our security system is we can use the same Reliant Connect App to monitor our nursery as we use to monitor and control the rest of our home making it really convenient.
And as a bonus this camera was the perfect shape and size to fit into our mobile.
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If you are interested in making a DIY nursery camera mobile or are just curious to see how we made ours, we have a video tutorial and step by step guide below for you to check out.
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- Shape templates
- (1) 1-5/8 inch piece of round basswood
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery floss
- (1) bag of low loft batting
- Clear string
- Indoor security camera
HOW TO MAKE A DIY Nursery Camera Mobile
1. To begin we put two pieces of felt together and cut a square out of the felt the same size as our template. This made it easier to cut the shape out. Once we cut the shape out of the felt, these pieces became the front and back of our object.
2. For each object we cut out two layers of batting in the same shape as each of our templates to go between the felt pieces. To prevent the batting from sticking out of the felt pieces, we trimmed a small amount off the edge to make the batting pieces smaller than the felt pieces. We did this for all of our shapes.
3. For the mountain shape we cut the top half of the template off and then cut that shape out of two pieces of white felt to create the snow on each side.
4. We repeated the steps above for each of our mobile objects. We made mountains, clouds, trees, and a moon.
5. To sew each felt object we used a blanket stitch. To do this we used an embroidery needle and embroidery floss. We pushed the needle through the back piece of felt because we were sewing two pieces of felt together, the knot needed to go between the two pieces of felt.
Finally, we brought the needle back down through the loop we made. We repeated this process all the way around the object.
Here are what our mobile pieces looked like once they were all stitched up, so cute and whimsical. Now that I learned how to blanket stitch I want to make all sorts of cute little things for the nursery.
6. Once all the objects were sewn, we connected the shapes together using clear string. We used a needle to thread the string through each object and tied a knot securing the string to each object. We left about 5 inches of string at the top to attach everything together.
We attached two objects to two of the strings and three objects to two of the strings.
7. Before attaching anything to the wood slice, we needed to make a few holes in the wood. We used the camera mount that came with the camera to trace the size of the hole for the camera.
8. Then used a router with a plunge mount and cutting bit to make the hole for the camera.
We test fit the security camera and it fit perfectly inside the wood slice.
We used a slice of wood the same thickness as the camera so that when the mobile is suspended you will not be able to see the camera from the side view.
We should also point out that on the piece of wood we purchased the bark was flaking off a little. To make sure nothing fell off the wood into the crib, we sealed the wood slice before putting in the camera for good.
9. To make the holes for the clear string to suspend the objects, we drilled 1/16” holes spaced 1” from the edge.
10. We used an equilateral triangle template to mark the holes where the ropes needed to go to hang the mobile and drilled ¼ inch holes for the rope.
11. To prevent the rope from fraying we wrapped it in tape before cutting it to length. Once cut to the length, we poked the rope through the large holes and tied a knot to keep it from pulling back through the hole.
12. By holding the ropes all at once we could level the wood so it would hang straight and then taped all the ropes together to temporarily keep everything in place.
13. Using white embroidery floss, we wrapped the ropes up and tied a knot to permanently hold everything together.
14. After putting the camera in the center hole and tying the camera’s power cable to the ropes, we were ready to suspend the objects from the wood slice to complete the mobile.
We did this by threading the clear line through the 1/16” holes and tying a knot in the top side of the wood to prevent the line from pulling through the hole.
Once our DIY nursery camera mobile was finished, we hung it over the crib from an eye hook in a ceiling joist.
There is something really fun and satisfying about incorporating technology into things that you design and build. This DIY nursery camera mobile was not only enjoyable to make but I am sure we will get a lot of use out of what would otherwise have been just a decor piece.
We now will have a bird’s eye view of our baby sleeping in his crib. We are excited to watch an actual baby sleeping rather than just an empty crib. Only a few weeks left until he makes his arrival!
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Smart Home Solutions For Making Life Easier with a Baby
Speaking of cool technology, while the nursery camera is a given with a newborn, our home security system has a few other cool features that we know will come in handy as new parents.
Whether I just sat down to feed the baby or am holding the baby during a long Netflix binge while he sleeps, I know the last thing I will want to do is get up and answer the door when the doorbell rings. What is great about the doorbell camera is we won’t have to!
We get an alert on our phone when the doorbell rings which allows us to check the Reliant Connect App to see a video feed of who is at the door. If it is someone we are expecting or know, we can just unlock the door from the app and they can let themselves in.
If it is someone I do not wish to open the door for (I am looking at you solicitor) than we can choose to simply ignore them or use the microphone to (umm…politely) ask them to go away.
All with one hand and without having to get up. Boom. Because why get up when you don’t have to?
Wireless Door Locks & Smart Bulbs
I hear having a baby comes with toting around a lot more stuff than we are used to. Which means our hands will be full when we come home and go to open the front door. Fumbling with the keys (especially in the dark) with a baby does not sound like fun.
With the wireless door locks and smart bulbs being integrated into our home security system, we can turn on our porch light, unlock our front door, turn off the alarm, or even turn on a lamp inside the house all from the Reliant Connect App on our phones before we get out of the car. Which means we can quickly get into the house making it easier and safer.
To take it a step further the Security by Reliant system has a geo-services feature that we set that detects the location of our mobile device so the porch light automatically turns on when we turn onto our street.
We are really enjoying all the features of our home security system and know they will come in handy to make life easier and give us peace of mind once the baby arrives.
Check out what life was like for us without a smart home security system and our tutorial for installing a wireless door lock.