Give the Gift of Travel Memories: DIY Photo Mobile

Do you have a frequent traveler in your life who is impossible to buy for? Give them the gift of vacation memories with a photo mobile. See how to make your own in four easy steps!

In the following video, we show you how to make a photo mobile using favorite vacation photos. It doesn’t take much more than a dowel rod, string, tape and photos.

Tip: Afraid of choosing the wrong photos? Pull the vacation pics they posted to Facebook and Instagram!

How to Make a Travel Memories Photo Mobile:


  • Photos printed on cardstock
  • Dowel rod
  • String
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hobby knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Tape


  1. Use the ruler to measure and cut the photos into squares.
    Idea: Experiment with different shapes – rectangles, triangles or even circles – just be sure to keep all photos the same size/weight so the mobile will be evenly balanced.
  2. Attach the images to the string using tape on the back of the photos.
    Tip: For photos printed on thin paper, first mount them on cardstock to keep them from curling
  3. Add a decorative piece such as colored paper to the bottom end of the string.
  4. Attach the strings with the images to the dowel rod and add a length of string to the dowel rod for hanging.
    Idea: Feel free to paint or stain the dowel rod before attaching the strings.

Don’t forget to explore these other holiday DIY gift ideas for travelers.