How to Weave a Dreamcatcher (Quick Tips!)
- Wrap a leather or suede cord around a metal hoop until completely covered
- Begin weaving by knotting your thread onto the hoop and begin weaving the layers
- Tie feathers onto the ribbon from which they’ll hang
- Decorate the dreamcatcher with ribbons and other fabrics to show off your personality
- With leftover cord, make a loop at the top so you can hang it
There’s something so effortlessly chic about a DIY dreamcatcher! From their flowing feathers to their ethereal origins, dreamcatchers have a free-spirit that encourages us to embrace our dreamy inclinations. Want to learn how to create your own? Don’t be intimidated it — it’s much easier than you think! Follow our step-by-step DIY dreamcatcher guide and explore your bohemian side!
DIY Dreamcatcher Materials
- Hot glue gun
- 1 Metal ring
- 1 roll of leather or suede cord
- 1 roll of twine or string
- 1 roll of wire
- Ribbon, fabric, lace, beads, sequins, chains, or anything you want to make your dreamcatcher your own
Start by hot gluing an end of the of your leather or suede cord to the top of the metal hoop. Once your cord is securely fastened, start wrapping it around the hoop. Take your time and make sure that with each go-around, the cord is tight, tangle-free, and close together! Once you’re down to the last loop, place a dot of hot glue to close, and cut off any excess fabric. Don’t worry if the glued on section gets a little messy. We’ll cover it up with our dangling decorations later!
Now that your hoop is ready, it’s time to pick up your twine or string and get to weaving! To cast on your thread, we’re going to start by knotting it onto the hoop. To create that oh-so-bohemian dreamcatcher weave, tie another knot equal distance from the first and pull the thread through the center of the second knot’s loop.
Continue to make knots in this motion until you’ve gone around the whole hoop. Once you’ve woven the entire first layer, start the second layer by knotting onto the center of the first weave. Continue to go around the hoop, knotting in the center of each of the woven loops.
Now that you know how to build on layers, keep creating them until your weaves become too small to knot! Finish it off by tying one last knot in the center. To dress up your dreamcatcher, add beads to the string as you’re weaving. I couldn’t resist giving mine a trendy turquoise bead in the center for a fun touch!
Knotting and weaving take practice. (I didn’t get it on the first try either!) Remember, dreams come in all shapes and sizes and those perfectly imperfect weaves are what gives dreamcatchers their free spirit!
What’s a dreamcatcher without feathers! To create the feather bunches that hang from your dreamcatcher, pick up a couple of feathers and wrap them in wire. Next, knot them tight to the end of the ribbon they will dangle from.
Time to let your creativity run free! Decorate you dreamcatcher by tying strands of fabric and feathers to the bottom of your dreamcatcher. I went with tulle, lace, and metallic gold ribbon to match my style! Add some beads, buttons, braids, or whatever floats your fancy onto the dreamcatcher too! This eclectic mix of decorations is what lets your dreamcatcher take on your style and become uniquely you! (Decorator’s tip: for a style-savvy look, stagger the lengths of material that you knot on).
For the finishing touch, use your extra leather or suede cord and knot it in a loop at the top of the dreamcatcher. Now that you have a hanger, it’s time to put your DIY dreamcatcher on display!
What’s your favorite way to decorate a bohemian dreamcatcher? Comment below and let us know! We love hearing from you and seeing your photos! Don’t forget to tag us with #mykirklands and @kirklands with your DIY dreamcatchers.