I just wanted to check in and say that I’m still here! But instead of working full time I’m hanging out with Ebba most of the time. I just love being with her! Our beloved baby girl. Can’t stop smelling that little head. <3
We spend a lot of quality time with family and friends nowadays. And we are almost more outdoors than indoors, embracing my favorite time of the year, the Swedish spring. And about one day a week I’m in the studio working. Together with Ebba of course.
On maternity leave or not. If I get a chance to be creative I’ll take it! And we needed a baby gym for Ebba so I thought why not try to make one ourselves? Which actually got surprisingly popular in the end! So I thought I’d share how I made it here. If there are any more creative moms and dads out there who’d like to make their own “gym”.
This is how it turned out:
If you think it looks nice and would like to make one of your own as well, this is what you need:
- A saw
- 4 wooden lists á 60 cm
- 1 wooden round stick. 21 mm in diameter and 70 cm long.
- 2 wooden dowels
- Leather string
- Paint (if you’d like to paint it)
- Things to hang in the baby’s gym. (I sewed some felt animals).
How to make it:
Start by sawing the wooden lists in the desired length, mine are 60 cm long. Measure and then mark where you’d like the round stick to be, I put it about 8 cm down. Use a drill that is as wide as the round stick. In my case 21 mm.
Then measure where you want the leather straps. Both on the wooden lists and on the round stick. I have a 10 cm gap on the holes on the round stick and put the holes on the wooden lists about 40 cm down. Drill! I used a drill of 5 mm.
Also drill a slightly larger hole in each end of the round stick for the dowels. This will work as a stop so that the wooden lists won’t slip off the stick. I used 8 mm wooden dowels and drill.
When all holes are drilled, grind with sandpaper. I also chose to cut the wooden lists diagonally at the bottom so that the baby gym would stand steadier on the ground.
Have the wood naturally as it is or paint it in any color. I blended out some old white wall paint that we had at home with water and painted on. So that the wood got a “white glazed look”.
Then put all the parts together!
Now it’s time to decide what you would like to hang in the “gym”.
I chose to sew small animals in felt. Have them as they are or put small bells inside them so it sounds a bit when the little one is working out. You can also use wooden blocks in different colors, toys you have at home etc.
Some clouds in the making.
My mom dropped by and sewed some animals. <3
Then it can also be good for the little one to have something soft to lie on. A plaid or double weight blanket works fine! I took an old pillow case from IKEA and filled with wadding.
Tadaa! It’s finished! Ebba seems to like it so far! Especially the little deer to the right.
And if you’re lucky it can keep your boyfriend busy for a while as well ;)