DIY Dreamcatcher Ideas

Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe Native American people, and gained in popularity and use during the Pan-Indian movement of the ’60s and ’70s.

Some view the dreamcatcher as a symbol of Native American unity and identity, but it has a specific, poignant origin story: According to an ancient Ojibwe legend, there once was a Spider Woman known as Asibikaashi, who took care of the Ojibwe children and people. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread out to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. As a result, mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter their minds.

1. Garden Fairy Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher

2. Doily Dreamcatchers

Save loads of time by using a doily as the center piece of your dreamcatcher. It will spare you the trouble of weaving or crocheting.

what you need:
* a craft hoop
* doilies {you can use new ones or vintage one from op shops and garage sales}
* string and/or leather
* feathers
* beads
{+ whatever you want to embellish your dreamcatcher with}
* scissors

what you do:
Use the above pic for inspiration and…

1. Cut about five small piece of string. Tie double knots to secure the edges of the doily to the metal hoop. Cut off excess string.

2. Cut varying lengths of string. Tie a feather to the end of each piece. Finish with beads.

3. Tie your finished feather and beaded strings onto the bottom of the hoop, varying the lengths of the string.

4. Attach string to the top centre of dream catcher to hang.

5. Place above your bed and sleep well!

3. Handwoven Dreamcatcher

To make the feathers, start with some heavy paper and use crayon or oil pastel to create designs.  Add any collage elements you’d like. Paint over those designs with watercolors, or thinned out acrylics or tempera paints. Let dry. You can also do the back!  Cut feather shapes out of the paper. Use markers to make feather designs, or just doodle – you can’t do it wrong. Attach the feathers to your dream catcher with some embroidery floss,  simply hang them where you like!

4. Modern Dream Catcher


-embroidery hoop
-metal craft hoop
-leather wrap
-embroidery floss
-yarn (in various colors)

1. To start, separate the inner part of the embroidery hoop from the outer part. You're going to be working with the inside part only so feel free to set aside the outer part. Take your leather wrap and glue one end of it to the top of your hoop. Once the glue has dried, begin to wrap the leather around the outside of the hoop, stopping to put some glue underneath every few inches. Try not to overlap the leather so that it lays flat. Do the same to one of the small metal hoops.

2. Once each of your hoops are wrapped, use the embroidery thread to create the woven middle. Tie one end of the thread to your big hoop and then loop through the smaller hoop. Continue weaving around the larger hoop in a figure 8 until you have the effect you'd like. We went around completely a few times on ours to make sure it looked nice and full.

3. Once the inner woven part is completed, it's time to attach the yarn fringe. Cut the yarn to your desired length and begin to loop through on the bottom. We used three different colors (doubled up occasionally), and cut ours at about 24", but feel free to do whatever you think looks best here!

4. Once the desired amount of fringe is secured, it's time to attach the beads. Take the beads and loop them up through the yarn, spacing them out sporadically. We made sure to use a thicker yarn so the beads would have no problem staying up on their own, but if your yarn is thinner, simply apply a small drop of glue so the beads will stay.

5. Finish by adding some feathers to the bottom (we stuck ours into a few beads) and there you have it! A finished, woven dreamcatcher all ready to hang above your bed.

5. Vintage Lace Trim Dreamcatcher

6. Peacock Feather DIY Dreamcatcher

7. Recycled Fabric Scrap Dreamcatcher

8. Flower Dreamcatcher 

Excited by all these DIY dreamcatcher ideas? Want to get started on your own? 

Do It Yourself! 


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