I’ve always found the dreamcatchers pretty. And if it can avoid the very few nightmares I do, why not ! Anyway, it probably brings some good waves in the room it is placed.
I can’t really remember how the idea came up, but I suddently wanted to do my very own dreamcatcher. There are plenty tutos on internet. But, I confess, for my first dreamcatcher, I bought a ready-to-make kit at La Droguerie (Paris, France).
And well, when we begin, let me tell you that even with a ready-to-make kit, it is not that easy!
But as I’m a nice person and that I’ve made several now, here are some humble tips.
What you need
For the success of your dreamcatcher, here is what you need:
- First of all, let’s be honest here: patience. Even if with some practice, it becomes easier, you will still need some time.
- A round ring, not too small (the smaller it is, the harder it gets). You can take nearly everything you find. I made one with the base of an old lampshade, another one with a wooden round of one of those lanterns you make it fly during the weddings (that I reinforced with some brown tape). Let your recycling creativity talks 🙂 !
- Thick yarn to cover the ring. It can be the yarn you used as a kid to do bracelets, or some wool falls from the last kniting you made, or even leather straps.
- Yarn, thick or not (but not too thin, it will makes things more complicated) to make what I call the spider’s web (the inside of your dreamcatcher).
- Pearls, rings, feathers, keychains, pendants, etc. Everything you can find that can be hanged to your dreamcatcher. I like this part a lot because you can finally find something to do with all those travel souvenirs people give you, or to use this horse pendant you used to wear as a kid and that you love but don’t really wear it anymore, etc.
- First, you start with the ring, main support of your dreamcatcher.
- You wound the yarn (or leather straps) you chose around the ring. There is a technique to get to avoid knots, passing the yarn inside once in a while.
- Once the ring is covered, you make a knot and you can leave some yarn with which you will hang your dreamcatcher.
- It is now time to do the spider’s web. For this part, I invite you to watch one of the tuto on YouTube, because it is not the easiest part, and you might get confuse if I try to explain it to you here. Simply note to tighten your web, and if everything is not stricly symmetrical, this is absolutely not a big deal. You can put a big pearl or any other object at the center of the web.
- Voila, your dreamcatcher should know starting to look like a dreamcatcher. Now, it is time to put all your personnalized decorations on it. To do so, you can use specific technical tools that you buy in a specific store or you can use your ressourcefulness. For example, I use sewing yarn and wires (you know the thing sometimes used to close the plastic bags around the bread).
Voila, I know it is not the more complete manual ever (one day, I’ll make videos) but I hope that you now can’t wait to do your own dreamcatcher that will bring a lot of good waves in your house (or the ones of your closed ones, because it is also a really nice gift to make!).
Most of all, don’t be discouraged if you do not succeed the first time! It’s normal but you’ll see, you’ll get there soon!
So, did you try? You send me a picture? Do you also have tips? Do not hesitate to share below!