Hello My Dears! Today I am sharing one of my many DIY projects that I have been working on this past week. With the tribal theme taking over my collection of inspirational designs and photos that are neatly filed away on my computer, I couldn't help but jump on the bandwagon and start incorporating it into my daughter's sleep and play area. Since McKenzie does not have a mobile anywhere in her nursery, I decided to start off my DIY extravaganza with a Dream Catcher. Dream Catchers originated in traditional indian beliefs and were hung above one's bed(mostly children) to protect them from bad dreams. There are a ton of wonderful Dream Catcher tutorials out there, however a lot of them include the very cool webbing technique that is threaded through the center. If you are like me and don't have the time to learn how-to web, many DIYers are using doilies! What a genius idea right? After searching and searching, I came across this awesome tutorial from Calico Skies and in an instant this overwhelming diy-confidence came over me and I dove right in! Here is how I assembled mine with a little help from Lauren at Calico Skies of course.
- Doily - Smaller size is preferred. I found mine in a vintage cream color at JoAnn's. If only whit is available, see Lauren's tutorial
- Craft Hoop - Metal is preferred, however, all I could find were the wooden embroidery hoops at JoAnn's (you get to make two out of these)
- Yarn or twine - I used a natural looking yarn for one and twine for the other.
- Beads - color and shape of your liking. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit yarn, twine or leather cord through.
- Leather cord - I went with a lighter shade.
- Feathers - can be bought packaged or individually at JoAnn's and Michaels
- I started by simply wrapping the yarn tightly around one of the wooden hoops-tying at the end
- I then created my hanger by tying a loop knot with yarn or leather cord at the top
- I had to cut the trim off of my doily as it was too large for my hoop.
- I placed the doily in the center of the hoop and began stretching and tying four outside edges of the doily to the loop. (I just left the extra tails from the knots to create a more frilly look.
- I then tied and hung leather strips, twine and yarn from the sides and bottom of the loop and attached beads and feathers or any other embellishments of your choosing(The more, the merrier)
- Voila! You are now ready to hang your dream catcher anywhere your heart desires.