Saturday, March 30, 2013

DIY Dream Catcher Bracelet

I had my first Dream Catcher when I was a sophomore in high school.  We bought it on a family trip that landed us briefly in Sedona, Arizona.  It was maroon suede with feathers and it hung on my bed post so I'd have good dreams at night.  I loved that thing.  I've been seeing dream catcher bracelets around on the internet so I wanted to make one for myself.  I found some tutorials but thought I'd add to the list and make my own.

Supplies:
* embroidery floss thread or suede lace
* metal ring (key chain rings work well)
* thinner string like s-lon cord, or 4 ply Irish waxed linen, or even dental floss
* small beads
* tape (optional)
* glue like hypo cement (something that dries clear)

I chose a coral thread, brown wax linen for the webbing and a key ring.
Choose your colors and start by taking just a little bit of tape and taping down one end of the thread to the ring.  Start wrapping your ring with the thread.


When you are done wrapping, tie a knot so that your thread doesn't unravel.  Put a dab of glue to secure the knot.

Take your Irish wax linen, about 24 inches is good (not that you need all of it, depending on the size of your ring).  Tie a knot.



To create the webbing, make five knots at five points around the ring.


After the five points, keep going by making another row of knots in a second inner layer.  Make the knot of the line of string going across to each point.  Here is when you can start adding small beads, if you want to.

Soon you will have almost a star shaped wedding to create your dream catcher!  When you tie the last inner knot, just snip off the end close to the knot.  If you use s-lon cord type of string, put a dab of glue on the end knot.  If you use the wax linen, the wax holds together pretty good.

Easy right?  Actually I needed about three tries to get the knotting right because I was confusing myself!  But practice makes perfect.


Here is another one I made in some neutral colors.  I'm going to be making these into bracelets and necklaces so stayed tuned on my Etsy store.  

Also, dream catchers have feathers and I'll be adding some feather charms to the dream catcher as soon as my supplies come in!  


I hope you have fun making some dream catchers of yourself!  Happy Crafting!

Xoxo, Yolanda

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