DIY Crafts: Dreamcatcher
I've been wanting to try making a dreamcatcher for some time now, but I couldn't find a hoop! My workplace recently had a glow-in-the-dark day, and I found a glowstick necklace that was the perfect size. This craft took a bit of time, but it really was easy! I'll take you through it step by step.
Hoop - Like I said, I used a glowstick necklace. You can pick up a wood hoop for under $5 from a craft store, if you prefer.
Yarn - I used both yarn and twine for this. Twine worked well for creating the design in the middle.
Ribbon - You can use ribbon, or yarn for that matter, to wrap around the hoop. I used ribbon initially, but I didn't like it that much. Once I was done with everything, I went around the outer edge again with some extra yarn.
Step 1: Wrapping the Hoop
Take one side of your yarn or ribbon and double-knot it onto the hoop. Then, wrap it around the entire hoop. Pull tightly and space evenly! Once you get all the way around, tie it in place to secure it.
So next you have to weave the inner part of the dreamcatcher. It looks really complex, but I promise it's not. It probably helps to have small fingers.
Cut a really long section of twine, maybe 3 to 4 feet. Wind it up into a little ball so it doesn't get tangled.
Take the loose end of twine and tie one end in a knot around the hoop. About two inches from the knot, twist the twine back around the hoop. Repeat this every two inches in a clockwise motion, until you get back to the start. I ended up looping my twine around eight times.
Don't cut the string! Now that you're on the second layer of the design, you'll loop the twine behind the first layer, rather than behind the hoop. To do this, take the very first section - located on the first layer of twine - and pull the ball of twine through and around it. Keep working clockwise and pull it tight, looping it through the next section.
It's a pattern! Keep repeating it, pulling the ball of twine through the straight sections from the previous layer. Once you get to the middle and can't do much more, tie the twine instead of looping it. Cut off the excess, and you're done weaving!
I decorated my dreamcatcher pretty simply - only using yarn and twine. Feel free to add beads or these DIY paper feathers!
I cut a bunch of different lengths of yarn, and did a simple loop-knot to fasten them. You guys know how to do it! I'll try to explain though.
Fold the length of yarn in half, and pass the folded half under the hoop. Then, take the two loose ends and pull them over the hoop, and through the folded half. It makes a little looped knot.
Add some variation to your strands by mixing colors in several loops. You can also add more strands to one loop to make it thicker. I braided a few of my strands as well.
It was at this point that I decided I didn't like the way the ribbon looked, so I used the dark red yarn to cover it up.