I’m a big fan of all things in the dream catcher department. I love the drawings, the real ones, the wall art, the paintings, my phone has a a case with a dream catcher on, and I have a dreamcatcher tattoo on my left arm, so I rest my case.
But from this to actually making your own dream catcher, it’s a bit of a jump. I always wanted to craft my own dream catcher, but never had the chance to do it. I was worried that I will fail and my favorite thing in the world would be ruined. But fears hav to b defeated!
I always thought it would be difficult to make a dream catcher from scratch, but it turns out, it’s not. And you probably have every material you need to make yours at home already.
Once I made my first, I was pretty sure that instead of selling it, I’ll probably keep it for myself, and that is exactly what happened. But now I want to craft a new one. Practice makes perfect, in the end, so I am sure that they will only get better.
If you want to make your own dream catcher, I am here to guide you through the entire process, step by step.
Let’s start with the beginning. This is what you need to know before starting your DIY Dream Catcher project:
You need to pick a color to work with. I picked red because that is what I have the most at home. But I suggest you to choose a color similar to that of your feathers, because those are what really matters. Or at least go for colors that work well together.
Work around the colors too. Blue, turquoise, light blue, dark blue, silver, black, white, whatever works. Decide on how many “arms” you want your dream catcher to have and visualize it before starting.
- Feathers – you can put 2-3 on every arm, but one is OK also, especially if you have large ones available
- Pretty beads – at least 2 for every “arm”, in the color you are working with, or something that matches well.
- A base for your circle – You can work with strings, wire or the thing I used, a thin tree branch. It was still a bit green and not dried out. You need a greener, flexible one that won’t break when you bend it. Or you can use a copper wire, and dress it in more layers of thread, or whatever you are using to roll around your circle.
- The thread for the web – enough so you could get it around the circle at least once, and then also make the web.
First, make the circle from whatever item you chose for this. I bent and turned my branch, then started rolling thread around it. I chose not to cover it completely because I liked the look of the branch.
It’s up for you to decide if you want to fully cover yours or not. You can fully cover it in a few layers if you want it thicker and fluffier. Alernately, you can use a different color thread to add some extra eye candy to it.
After you finish the circle, start your web following the image above. You can add beads on your thread, or tiny charms, wherever you want, or just make a nice pattern that you are happy with.
Make a knot when you finish the web and add the arms you want with some pieces of thread, and a little thread on top for the spot where you want to hang it on your wall.
Add a bead or two where you start the arms, right next to the circle, and you can add beads along the thread too.
Add a final one or two beads toward the base and tie your feather(s) to the end of the thread.
Do the same with the other arms: it could look better if you make them a bit smaller than the bigger one. Do the same with the feathers.
But anything you have will look cute if you followed these steps. Just use your imagination and creativity to make something you really enjoy.
In the end, I think you can’t go wrong with a dream catcher. It seems that messy web or whatever you have at home as beads would work nice and you’ll end up with your own dream catcher, which you’ll probably want to keep and you’d consider it more beautiful than anything else just because you made it.
Mine turned out to be a 44 cm long one, with a 10 cm circle. More than I anticipated and pretty good for a first try.
Hopefully you will be just as happy after you try to craft your own dream catcher from scratch. We hope that you will find the guide useful. Enjoy your crafting!