Recently a post was written about Crystal Oak here in Los Angeles, and it inspired Jessica Mengucci-MacIssac to create some of her own. As you can see here, she made this large dream catcher for her daughter and it came out really nice. I loved what she had created so I wanted her to share with all of you what she had made.
She has now created this adorable lace dream catcher, shown below, that you can easily make yourself. You can make any of these little guys the same way using this DIY dream catcher tutorial. The only difference is what accessories you choose to incorporate.
Now, the tutorial by Jessica:
Fabric (I find cotton or lace material works the best)
1 Metal Ring (which you can find at your local craft store)
Accessories (i.e. feathers, flowers, beads, bones, suede string, twine, anything you can “Dream” of)
**Additional fabric for tying on these objects may be needed as well as super glue to help secure it.
Once you have gathered all your supplies, the first thing you need to do is cut your fabric into 1 to 2 inch strips. They do not all need to be exact, so you can just eye ball it. Use these to wrap your metal ring. You can tie the fabric before you begin wrapping but not necessary. I generally put 4-6 wraps on my ring this will depend on your fabric you use and the width you cut it. At the end of my last wrap I make a knot or two with my fabric.
This spot will be where I will attach my stick or bone, as it hides the knot well. If you have extra material hanging down from your knot you can use it to wrap it around your stick/bone to clip it into place, or you can let the material hang down as part of your dream catcher. You can now start with either the same material or a different one depending on the look you’re going for. Tie a knot in the same place then add your stick/bone and attach it to the metal ring by wrapping your material around it. Repeat on the other end so that your stick or bone lays across the ring.
Now that you have your base you can incorporate your accessories. This really depends on what you’re adding and where. For example in the large dream catcher with lots of chicken feathers (shown above) I wrapped my suede strips around the stick then at the other end wrapped it around the hollow shaft (the open end of the feather) then tied a knot. On this smaller one I weaved the hollow shaft end of the feather into a few of the lace holes and super glued it into place. For the fabric flowers I took a small safety pin and pinned each one to the dream catcher. I had first tried super gluing them into place but they wouldn’t sta. If you are using beads run your fabric through the beads tying a knot on both ends to keep them in place.
Finally hang your dream catcher where you can admire your work! This is a really simple craft that even your kids can do. Depending on the size and the amount of accessories being used this project can be done from start to finish within 30 min, and it’s really inexpensive.
I needed one more for the wall…this one I used a bone I found and painted it to add a little extra flare.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial, remember to keep Dreaming!
Written by Jessica Mengucci-MacIssac. Jessica lives in Oregon and runs her own business and owns her own property filled with horses and more. She has recently began crafting dreamcatchers and we’re thrilled she has chosen to share them with Rhiannon’s Interiors.