Once upon a time I was given a dream catcher by a high school boyfriend. It was very small, wrapped in turquoise leather and had tiny beads dangling from it. “It will catch all your bad dreams” said my crush of the moment. Sigh… He turned out to be a total dud, but led me to my husband of 15 years so that’s a win! Needless to say, I don’t know what ever happened to that tiny dream catcher but seeing them pop up all over lately has inspired me to create one myself. And for a fraction of the cost.
There are many designs and styles out there to glean inspiration from. I found a few I liked and knew I could tackle without requiring a degree in weaving. I gathered some simple supplies found at my local craft store. Some of these you may already have in your stash.
Here’s what I used to create mine:
5 inch embroidery hoop (These come as two rings, but I separated them and only used one)
Small lace doily
Variety of beads (I chose neutral wooden beads)
Feathers (Again with the neutral. Color is totally at your discretion)
Wooden skewer (for poking)
Low temp glue gun and glue sticks
*I have yarn, ribbon and lace in the picture because I just didn’t know what I would end up using. Crafting is always an adventure!
I separated the embroidery hoop into two pieces and used the circle without the metal screw tightener thingy (super technical term. Try and keep up) You could leave this as raw wood or even paint it if you’d like. I chose to cover mine with jute twine. I started wrapping the twine tightly around the wooden hoop. About every 5 loops around I secured it with a tiny bit of hot glue. This just helps hold it in place and makes sure it won’t unravel on you later.
Once you finish wrapping the hoop leave a tail to create a loop to hang it buy.
Next you’ll want to attach the doily to the hoop. A doily is great because it has holes in it that you can thread string through. This is where the wooden skewer comes in. I cut a piece of cotton string and used the pointy end of the skewer to push the string through the hole in the doily. I then tied it around the hoop and made a knot to secure it in place. If you think of the hoop as a clock face with numbers 1-12 around it, I tied knots at the 12, 3, 6 and 9. Or North, South, East and West. This makes sure that the doily will be tied and spaced evenly around the hoop.
I then tied off the rest of the doily around the hoop. So again, going with that clock example, you’d attach your doily at the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11. Does that make any sense at all? This may vary depending on what shape you’re doily is. The end result is your doily being stretched and taught in the center of the hoop. I left the strings long on the bottom of the dream catcher so I can easily attach beads and feathers to it. I had to go back and redo a few, after I realized I’d need these longer. I hope I’m not crazy and this clock example is helping! I left the string on numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 long as you can see below.
Now comes the creative part! You can do whatever you want to make your dream catcher unique to you and your space. I wanted mine to be neutral in color so I chose brown and off white wooden beads and these pretty white and taupe spotted feathers. They reminded me of a baby deer with their spots! I kind of just started stinging beads until I liked what I saw. I put on a bead and then tied a knot to keep it in place. Then added another bead and another knot. I moved down the string about 2-3 inches and added another bead and then hot glued a feather below it. I added a tiny dot of glue to the top of the feather and slid the bead down over top of it for a more finished look.
I repeated this pattern on all the strings, alternating the bead colors. Once I did the 4 outermost stings on both sides, I was left with 4 stings in the center. I gathered them and actually braided them together a little, added a few beads and a feather. Again, do whatever looks great to you! Use ribbon lengths, or lace. Leave long strings, or add extras. This will give your dream catcher that flowy, whimsical look.
I’m really happy with how this turned out. I’m gifting mine to a very special teenager in my life for her new bedroom makeover. I hope she loves it as much as I do!