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How to Make A Hippie Bohemian Dreamcatcher Using Second Hand Supplies
If you've ever had a fascination with dreamcatchers but can't afford to buy an authentic one, you're in luck! Now you can make your very own dreamcatcher using second hand items and personal trinkets. Dreamcatchers were used by Native Americans in the past in order to filter out the bad dreams and let through the good dreams. Today they are often used as mere ornaments and decorations. Hippies everywhere are tattooing them on their bodies and wearing them on their ears.
Even if you're not a hippie, you can still make your own dreamcatcher. This is a very fun project to do by yourself, in a group or even with your kids. All it takes it a little money, a little patience, and a little time and effort.
1. Gather Your Supplies
The first thing you'll need to do is gather your supplies for your dreamcatcher. You can find most of the supplies second-hand in a thrift store or at a yard sale. What you can't find second-hand, you can purchase from a craft store for fairly cheap. The adornments such as the feathers can even be found in nature!
Here's what you'll need:
- embroidery hoop (your choice of the size)
- knit/crocheted doilie (you can buy these at a thrift store or make one yourself)
- ribbon (two or three different rolls, color is your choice)
- lace (at least three rolls of various colors of your choice)
- adornments (feathers, charms, beads, etc. all of these can be found at thrift stores or the craft store or in nature!)
You'll also need:
- hot glue gun
- hot glue gun sticks
2. Place the Doilie and Wrap It Up
So now that you have all of your supplies gathered and ready, lay them out in front of you on a table.
- The first thing you're going to do is place the knit/crocheted doilie in the center of the embroidery hoop.
- You're going to pick 4-6 places on the outside of the doilie to use as your anchor points. Take some small pieces of ribbon and anchor the doilie to the embroidery hoop. Tie and hot-glue the ribbons to the hoop. (Many embroidery hoops have two pieces to them that allow you to enclose a piece of fabric inside. This is also a way you can anchor your ribbons.)
- Now you will wrap the embroidery hoop with a ribbon of your choice. You can use the hot glue to glue certain pieces down to keep the ribbon in place. This also helps to keep your doilie anchored.
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3. Add Lace to the Bottom
Now you have the base of the dreamcatcher done, so you can move on to beautifying it! Get your lace ready to decorate.
- Take a strand of lace, the size is up to you but I do approximately 8-12" long to start with. Tie it to the end of the hoop. (How you tie it is up to you, but I usually use a slip-knot type method)
- Keep doing this same process with as many pieces of lace as you would like until the bottom of your dreamcatcher is full of lace. (You can alternate types and colors of lace if you want to)
- You can also use ribbon in between the lace pieces to fill it in even more. The creative freedom here is endless!
4. Add Adornments to the Loose Lace
Now comes the really fun part...time to add your accessories! The sky is the limit here, so you can add literally anything you want to.
Here are some ideas for adornments/accessories to hang from your lace and ribbon:
- things found in nature: feathers, thorns, seashells, acorns, etc.
- things around the house: keys, spoons, earrings, charms
- other ideas: plastic beads (from beaded necklaces), tassels, etc.
Here's how to adorn the dreamcatcher:
- Lay out your adornments and make sure the glue gun is ready.
- Use the hot glue gun to attach your adornments to various pieces of loose lace on the bottom of your dreamcatcher.
- You can also wrap ribbon around the tops of the feathers if you feel it will look better.
That's it! You've made your very own hippie bohemian dreamcatcher.
What to do with a Dreamcatcher
You made your dreamcatcher and you're super excited, but now you're like "what do I do with it now?"
Dreamcatchers were originally used by the Lakota tribe in order to catch evil spirits that might invade one's dreams. The idea was that the bad dreams or spirits would get caught in the web within the circle of the dreamcatcher while the good dreams would slip through. The good dreams would then make their way down the ribbons/lace and dance off the feathers, then float peacefully over to you to give you good dreams.
So use your dreamcatcher in the traditional way. Hang it over the window or by the window that's closest to where you lay your head at night. I have also seen some people hang dreamcatchers from their fan switches that hang over their beds. Or you can hang it above your bed on the wall. Whatever you feel called to do, do it! And if you decide you want to make more of these, give them to your family members or give them away as presents.
Everyone wants good dreams, right?
© 2015 Nicole Canfield