NEW ~ Make a Mobile Kit

Because of the continued interest in how to make a mobile, I have created my own How to Make a Mobile Kit.  You can find it here on my site! 

You can learn how to fold some of the origami models I use for my mobiles with my Easy Origami kit sold at Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Staples, Sears, Amazon, Amazon UK, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and many other stores.

Unfortunately, my book, Origami Mobiles, that provides you with instructions to fold 30 models and make 7 Origami Mobiles is sold out. If you would like Barnes and Noble to reprint it send them an email requesting that they reprint the kit. I have been told that with enough interest they will reprint it!

Here is a movie of my Giant Mobile, measuring 4' x 3.5' and with 28 large cranes:


Welcome to my Origami Mobile Website: The Timeless Crane

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and see my art. Here you'll find many pictures of my handmade hanging Origami Mobiles, especially my most popular mobiles - the Paper Crane Mobiles.  There is even a gallery page where you'll find video clips so you can see how the mobiles move, and get a better idea of what they're like.

The mobiles are engineered so that each level is free to swivel a full 360o with the slightest breeze - the origami seems to dance. Since a lot of mobiles are hung above cribs, I reinforce every connection so that nothing falls apart. 

There is a page where you can order your very own hanging Origami Mobile, or order one as a gift for a friend. These mobiles provide a great way to accent a room in your home, liven up an office, or decorate a child's bedroom. Babies are fascinated by the complexity of these mobiles and the way they move as well (see the Customized Mobiles gallery page for more information).

Take the time to browse, and even email me with any questions or comments you may have about my hanging Origami Mobiles. The lower portion of this page is where I write updates and post pictures of my latest mobiles.


A Timeless Crane Mobile featured in a Commercial!


My Mini Pastel Crane Mobile is featured in this new Baby Nes commercial.  The Gerber Baby Nes is like a K-Cup coffee maker, but for baby formula.  It is now for sale here in the US.  I was contacted by someone in charge of the decor for the commercial, and she requested a mobile in pastel for the commercial.  I'm super excited about it!  There are two shots of the mobile in this first commercial, one at 0:13 and another at 0:54

Here is another shorter version of the commercial where you see the mobile at 0:25.


Enjoy and share!  :)


The Timeless Crane might be coming to a store near you!

I've always wanted my mobiles to be sold in stores, but I have never really pursued it before.  If you would like to see what some of my mobiles look like in person before purchasing one you can now see three of them at the Handworks Gallery of American Crafts at 161 Great Road (Route 2A) Acton, Massachusetts!  It's a very beautiful gallery with all sorts of handmade art and gifts.  Hopefully soon you'll be able to see my work in galleries and shops all over the Boston area.  If you own or know of a store or gallery that might like to sell some of my mobiles, let me know.  :)


Origami Vehicle Mobiles for Twin Boys

A repeat customer contacted me and asked if I could make her two mobiles for her new twin grandsons.  One mobile with propellar planes and a Godzilla and the other with cars and a Godzilla.  I agreed to do it since I've folded many propellar planes in the past and all I had to do was learn to fold a car.  I already had several diagrams for different cars in my collection, but I had only ever folded one of them.   The propellar planes and Godzilla's were folded quickly, and the first mobile was soon completed. 

When I began working on the second mobile I realized I may had bitten off more than I could chew.  If you have ever tried folding an origami car, you'll know that it's not easy - and to fold a realistic looking car (especially when viewed from below) is nearly impossible.  All the diagrams I had were useless since they all made the cars look like upside down bowls when you looked up at them.  On the verge of giving up I came across a car diagram that might just work if modified a little bit.  It did require the use of 4 pieces of paper (only one of which was a square) to complete one model.  Ten dabs of glue in various locations were also required on each car to keep them in perfect shape.  It is not a traditional Origami model by any means, but it looks like a real car from every angle (especially from below) and it's actually really cool looking!  After painstakingly folding and gluing 10 cars I was able to assemble the Car and Godzilla Mobile and here are the completed mobiles.  You can also see more pictures of the Planes and Cars




Giant Washi Mobile for a Belgium Wedding

The cranes from this mobile were shipped to me from Belgium and they were returned as part of an enourmous 5 1/2 foot wide mobile.  The bride-to-be folded these cranes from Washi paper with much love and care, and the combination of blues and gold is stunning.  Using her cranes, I made a mobile that will hang over her and her groom on their Wedding Day in July.  The bride-to-be also plans to decorate a nursery in the future with this mobile. Once the mobile arrived I received this very sweet email from the bride-to-be:

Dear Debora,

Peter picked up the mobile from the post office today, and I can't express how beautiful it is!!!
I expected to find it beautiful, but I actually got emotional when I saw it.. I couldn't believe my eyes! I have to say, this is a masterpiece :-) I'll never regret buying this from you! We'll also tell everyone we know about it, perhaps you'll have new Belgian clients soon :-)
Also, thank you for the lovely card and origami box :-) That's so thoughtful. I wish we could have met, because you must be the most wonderful person.
We'll send you a picture from the wedding!

xxx Eva and Peter



American Red Cross Designers' Show House 2015 Article

My mobile is mentioned in this article by City & Shore Magazine, but unfortunately no credit is given.  :(

"Lesson 5: Inject whimsy into serious design.

Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell of HomeLife Interiors in West Palm Beach created a master bathroom from scratch. Instead of hanging a chandelier from the new tray ceiling, they added a colorful origami mobile. Take a good look at the white wood trim designed to reflect the exterior Moorish windows. The mosaic marble floor tiles from AKDO are also in the Moorish style."


I'm teaching an Origami Class!

In this month of April I will be teaching an Origami Class every Tuesday night at 6pm in the state of Massachusetts.  At the last class we will be using the models we have folded on the previous weeks to create a simple mobile.  If you would like to come an join us, then click on the link below to register.  Hope to see some new faces there! 

Tuesday Night Origami Class


Swirling Sea Mobile

I recently heard from a customer that ordered a mobile for her son's nursery years ago.  It was a blue and green crane mobile with cloud shaped wires, and glow-in-the-dark stars and beads.  Her son was now 5 and she needed a new mobile for his new room.  She wanted curved wires, stars, and beads again, but this time she wanted a beach/sea themed mobile.  I thought maybe swirly wires might look nice because of the resemblance to waves and ocean currents.  This mobile combines a couple of different paper styles: Washi, color harmony, gold foil, and solid colors.  The glowing stars were also handpainted with glue and covered in glitter.  Click here to see all the pictures of this mobile.


American Red Cross Designers' Show House 2015

This January I received an email from Joseph Cortes, President and Creative Director of HomeLife Interiors located out of West Palm Beach Florida.  He wanted to use one of my mobiles for the 2015 Designers' Show House, an annually held fundraiser run by the American Red Cross.  This year more than 20 designers, including Joseph Cortes, were going to transform the interior and exterior of a historic estate known as the Birthday Cake Castle in Lake Worth Florida.  Joseph Cortes and his design studio were in charge of designing the Master Bathroom, and he wanted to hang one of my mobiles above the tub.  He requested a mobile design that I haven't sold too many of, since it's a new design in my collection and is now a design you can order from my site - the Calder Style Mobile.  I was more than willing to make him a mobile and got right to work. 

This mobile now hangs above the tub in the Master Bathroom of the Birthday Cake Castle, where it will be on display from March 4 - April 4, 2015.  Architectural Digest has written an article about this year's Show House and you can see some photos in a slideshow associated with the article.  There should be more articles and photos showing up soon, and I will continue to add links and information about the Designers' Show House over the next few weeks. 




What is the exact size of your _______ mobile?

So I get a lot of questions about mobile sizes despite including measurements in the descriptions.  It seems difficult to imagine a 3D object in space before you when all you have are numbers to work with, and I've always wanted to have something in my photos as a size comparison.  Since a lot of mobiles are purchased as nursery decor, and most people know the size of a crib, I've decided to take some pictures of mobiles hanging above a crib.  So far I have had one photography session with a Mini Mobile and a Large Mobile.  I will be having another photography session in the next couple of weeks with the Small Mobile, 14 XL Cranes Mobile, and possibly the Giant Cranes Mobile.  You will have to check back for those pictures a little later, but here are the Mini Mobile and the Large Mobile.


A Calder Style Mobile

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor who is known as the person who originally created mobiles.  He would always have the wires connected to one another - which is not how I make most of my mobiles.  This mobile is made in the Calder style where the wires are connected directly to one another.  It's about one foot tall and four feet across.  Because of this mobile's large size there was added weight so the two main wires had to be thicker than the wires I normally use.  You can click on the thumbnails below to see the full size images.