DIY Floral Dreamcatcher Tutorial
I’m on a mission to decorate my office slash crafting room into, literally, a room of my own making. The desk my father and I made and now I’m filling up the walls with things I have made myself. True there are a few awesome things here and there like my FAB Amanda Evanston original a.k.a. Aunt Peaches. She’s that cutie by that dreamcatcher I made and am sharing with you today.
What has been in that spot where my new dreamcatcher resides was an embroidery sampler that I picked up at a flea market. It’s a great piece and I love it but I felt like something “longer” or “taller” needed to be in that spot. So I set about making a dreamcatcher and I’m going to show you how to do it, too. It’s really pretty simple and if you have a craft stash you might be able to get away with making this without needing to purchase any supplies.
So raid your crafty stash and let’s make a simple but very pretty dream catcher.
For this project you will need:
- String (I used crochet thread by DMC)
- Embroidery hoop
- Paint (optional)
- Beads (optional)
- Acrylic paints
- Fake flowers
- Hot glue gun
- Felt scraps
From your embroidery hoop set you only need the part that is one solid piece of wood. That’s to say the piece with the metal clamp you can put to the side and figure out a purpose for later.
Tie your string onto the hoop and run it over to the side a few inches from that initial spot.
Wrap the piece behind the hoop and then pull the string through the gap between the wood and the sting like you see above. This makes a sort of knot that isn’t really a knot. That is to say I don’t quite know what to call it. It will help to keep your thread from moving wherever all willy nilly but it’s not a true knot in that you can easily undo it.
Pull that string through and tighten.
Continue this pattern making your areas of attachment to the hoop similar in size. When you get back around to where you started do your last loose knot right on top of there.
Now take your string and go through each of those sections making knots just as you did before. Try to center your knots so that you have a more symmetrical appearance.
Continue working around and around and inward.
You can leave a gap in the center of close it up.
Alternatively you can also add beads. You can tie them on after you’ve made your “web” or you can string them on in between knotting sections.
So that your beads don’t jiggle and sag use a hot glue gun with a small dab to keep the beads in place if you choose.
Next make a handful of cuts of yarn that are approximately all the same size. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA from Walmart because it’s thick and cheap!
Decide which part of your dreamcatcher is the bottom and make tassels of your yarn. To do this pull the yarn up through the dreamcatcher…
…and then pull the ends through that loop.
Continue attaching tassels onto the bottom side until you’re happy with the coverage of the width.
Take another bunch of similar cut lengths of yarn and grab some paint that matches your florals. I used pink, orange and a little bit of red.
Using a gloved hand, dip into the paint and then rub onto the ends of the yarn working with the bottoms and going upward for a more ombre effect.
Make tassels and fill in the gaps along the bottom edge of your dreamcatcher left by the first round of tassel making.
Remove your fake flowers from their stems and place on the front side where you wan them to go.
Hold everthing together nice and stead and apply a glob of hot glue to the back of the flowers and any place they connect with the web or hoop. Use a piece of scrap felt to secure the glue flowers and dreamcatcher securely together.
Fill in the bottom as you please…
…and finish out with randomly placed fake leaves from your floral stems.
Hang and you’ve got one boho chic decoration that looks unique and fabulous and doesn’t break the bank!