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.

Vacation Stories

More Destination Guides


Visiting Lake Tahoe: North Shore vs. South Shore
Whether you’re traveling to ski or paddleboard, Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation destination year-round.

7 Spectacular Views in San Francisco
While San Francisco's famously steep streets can be a hassle if you're hoofing it around town, all those hills provide spectacular views of the city and its landmarks.

5 Family-Friendly Activities in the Redwood Forest
The Redwood Forest in Northern California is one of America’s most iconic landmarks and a top destination for travelers throughout the country.

Related Articles

A Case of Memories

Coasting Through Travel Memories

More Travel Tips