DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatchers have become the “it” hippy-chic decoration.
Maybe it’s the feathers, the intricate design work, or possibly the ancient belief that negative dreams are caught while positive dreams float through – whatever it is, us hippy girls love us some dreamcatchers!
They are a great piece to hang in the bedroom, throughout the home, in an outdoor space, given as a gift, or created together among friends + family.
And with the popularity of these beauties only rising, the price tag is quickly following suit.
So in true Journey Junkie nature, I decided to make my own dreamcatcher with the help of a friend and they turned out amazing, like can’t stop staring at them amazing, already made too many amazing, my husband thinks I’m a bit crazy amazing.
…… so amazing that I decided to create an ENTIRE FREE GUIDE to help inspire your dreamcatcher making!
Here’s what to expect as your dreamcatcher making unfolds below.
- step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos
- inks to buy all the products online
- FREE dreamcatcher guide with two additional styles
You can download your free guide by clicking the photo below, then keep scrolling to start making the dreamcatcher below!
Dreamcatcher Supply Links:
- The hoop.
- Hemp cord material – material for the middle pattern.
- String spool – to make feather embellishments.
- Crochet doily – material for the middle, if you’re skipping the weave pattern.
- Fabric, fabric, fabric, and more fabric.
- Lace material, lace material, and more lace material.
- Colorful yarn, glittery yarn, and more yarn.
- Double-sided tape.
- Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks.
- These three supplies are the most critical to the craft – so they are necessary regardless of the end design!
- The hoops or rings can be found in the yarn and crocheting aisles. Both metal and wood are fine and the size of the ring is dependent on how large you want the the dreamcatcher to be.
- The hemp product is used to create the intricate weaving pattern in the middle. The hemp cord material is the easiest to use as it’s durable and somewhat stretchy. I bought a multicolored pack and a natural looking one, who doesn’t love options?
- The red spool of string is used for creating feather embellishments. I found this in the yarn section, super inexpensive and lots of it. Choose whatever color you like.
- These supplies are to hang from the dreamcatcher and make it look extra dreamy. You can find the spools in the yarn section and the lace material is from the ribbon section.
- The fabric selection should be given some extra thought and time. This is where colors and patterns should be chosen based on a theme or overall look & feel. The fabrics I chose can create 2 – 3 different looks depending on which ones are paired together.
- This step can become very expensive – look for the fabrics that are on sale,
- Decide on a fabric that will be the base and wrap around the entire hoop.
- Purchase 1 – 2 yards of the base fabric.
- Decide which fabrics will be used as accent colors.
- Purchase 1/2 – 1 yard of these fabrics.
- Feathers and beads galore – no need to go crazy here but do have fun with it.
- Purchase either a large bag or two smaller bags of feathers. I gravitate towards the more natural looking feathers.
- Pick out a few packs of beads that fit the style and overall design.
How to Wrap the Hoop:
- Choose a fabric to use as the base and wrap around the entire hoop.
- Using a scissor, cut an inch into the fabric. Make sure to use the side that is jagged and scraggly looking.
- THEN – rip all the way down the fabric until you have a fabric strip. Be sure to stop every foot or so to keep the fabric from going crazy. This is my favorite part, for some reason ripping fabric is weirdly therapeutic!
- Start anywhere on the hoop and begin to wrap the fabric around the starting piece. Go a few times around and around to ensure the fabric is tightly wound and secure.
- Wrap it up! You can make each wrap as small or large as necessary. There’s no method to the madness, just keep wrapping the fabric around and around.
- If you run out of fabric – simply rip another strip, secure the first piece with double-sided tape, and start again where you left off.
- Finish wrapping the hoop by securing the fabric with a hot glue gun or any type of adhesive.
How to Weave the Middle Pattern:
- Locate the wrapped hoop and hemp cord material.
- Cut a large amount of hemp to create the middle pattern – 3 to 5 feet to start.
- Decide where the top of the dreamcatcher will be and tie a knot – a tight, secure knot.
- Measure about a pinky fingers length away from the top knot.
- The measuring that is done in the beginning will affect the overall design. You can easily measure a smaller or bigger distance here.
- Wrap the hemp underneath and then loop it through, pulling it tight and secure.
- Continue measuring a pinky fingers length from each knot created – looping and knotting around the entire circumference.
- When you get back to the top knot, measure the next knot to the middle of the first one.
- This can get tricky so move slowly and patiently.
How to Weave the Middle Pattern, contd…
- Continue the same knotting technique – slowly weaving the circle smaller and smaller.
- Make sure to line each knot up in the middle before looping.
- As the circle gets smaller, feel free to pull and tighten the hemp to the desired effect.
- Decide how small or large you want the center hole to be and then tie it off.
- To tie it off, end on a knot where the circle looks somewhat uniform.
- Pull the hemp tight and then tie a knot. I like to double, triple the knot here.
- Trim the remaining string.
How to Embellish & Decorate:
- Decide what fabrics to use – these will hang down from the bottom of the dreamcatcher.
- Use the same technique of cutting and then ripping to create fabric strips.
- You can make however many your heart desires.
- I did less of the expensive fabric and more of the solid, cheaper fabric.
- Fold the fabric strip in half, then create a simple loop and pull the fabric through.
- Use the picture above as a reference.
- Pull the fabric tight and voila – you’re on the way to a dreamy dreamcatcher!
How to Embellish & Decorate, contd…
- Continue adding fabric strips to the bottom of the hoop, keeping the fabric strips close together.
- Create more dimension by using the materials from the yarn section.
- This is where it starts to get really pretty!
- Optional: add beads throughout the hanging pieces.
- Create a layering / texture effect by tying knots or braiding pieces together.
- Again – the options are endless here!
How to Create Feather Embellishments:
- Supplies needed: string, feathers, and beads.
- Create a cluster of feathers that you want for each grouping.
- Tip for doing this – don’t try to smooth down or line the feathers up by size. This will flatten the feathers which isn’t appealing in the end. Instead, just make sure all the tips are lined up but let the feathers stick out whichever way they please.
- Secure the feathers with whatever is handy. The big toe is optional, LOL.
- Cut 3 – 4 feet of string for the feathers.
- Tie a tight knot around all the feathers, about 2 inches down from the tips.
- Refer to the picture to understand this next step –
- Make sure to leave the short piece of thread hanging out, so it’s visible and easy to work with.
- Begin to wrap the long length of thread around both the feathers and the short piece of thread.
How to Create Feather Embellishments, contd…
- Wrap the string around the feathers until it reaches the tips. Once it’s at the end:
- String a small bead onto the short piece of thread, the piece that was purposely left out.
- Tie a knot between long and short piece of thread, securing the bead in place and the feathers.
- Either trim the remaining piece of string or tie a bead to the end.
- Decide where you want the feather to hang from, then tie it and trim the end piece.
- And voila – we have hanging feather embellishments!
How to Create the Top Loop:
- Cut a piece of fabric or yarn to the desired length for the dreamcatcher to hang.
- Simply tie the material in a knot at the top of the hoop.
- Tie it in a second knot at the top. Decide to trim or leave the ends of the material.
- I used hot glue to secure the top knot, this is optional but it can’t hurt.
- Your dreamcatcher is officially ready to hang!
Thanks for sticking around till the end, I hope you have the sweetest dreams tonight and forever more – or at the very least, I hope your rooms looks extra dreamy.
Let’s talk – Have you created a dreamcatcher? What are your favorite techniques, tips, or tricks?
As always – questions, suggestions, comments, and general dreamy love, please leave it down below!
Until next time – xoxo.