How to Make a Hippie Bohemian Dreamcatcher With Secondhand Supplies
Making your own dreamcatcher is fun!
If you've ever had a fascination with dreamcatchers but can't afford to buy an authentic one, you're in luck! You can make your very own piece using secondhand items and personal trinkets.
Dreamcatchers were used by Native Americans in the past in order to filter out bad dreams and let in good dreams. Today, they are often used as ornaments and decorations. Hippies 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 effort.
1. Gather Your Supplies
The first thing you'll need to do is gather your supplies. You can find most of the supplies secondhand in a thrift store or at a yard sale. What you can't find, you can purchase from a craft store for fairly cheap. The adornments such as the feathers can even be found in nature!
What You'll Need:
- Embroidery hoop: Pick one in the size of your choice.
- Knit/Crocheted Doily: You can buy these at a thrift store or make one yourself.
- Ribbon: You'll need two or three different rolls in the colors of your choice.
- Lace: Pick at least three rolls of different colors.
- Decorations: A few ideas are feathers, charms, and beads. All of these can be found at thrift stores, craft stores, or in nature!
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Gun Sticks
2. Place the Doily and Wrap It Up
Lay the supplies out in front of you.
- The first thing you're going to do is place the knit/crocheted doily in the center of the embroidery hoop.
- Pick 4-6 places on the outside of the doily to use as your anchor points. Take some small pieces of ribbon and anchor the doily 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.
- 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 doily anchored.
3. Add Lace to the Bottom
Now, you can move on to beautifying your dreamcatcher!
- Take a strand of lace. The size is up to you, but I do approximately 8-12" long to start. 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'd like.
- 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 Lace
Now comes the really fun part: adding accessories! The sky is the limit here, so you can add literally anything you want.
Here are some accessory ideas 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 the 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 can I do with a dreamcatcher?
You made your dreamcatcher and you're super excited, but now you're wondering what to do with it.
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, and then float peacefully over to you to give you good dreams.
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 the fan switches that hang over their beds. You can also hang it above your bed on the wall. Whatever you feel called to do, do it! 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?
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