In Native American culture, dream catchers are handmade crafts that consist of a round hoop (often made of willow wood) woven with a loose web of yarn and decorated with beads and feathers. As the first rays of the morning light hit the dream catcher, the bad dreams would disappear. The circular shape of the dreamcatcher represents the circle of life, with no beginning and no end. This is significant to many Native Americans because they believe that death is a part of life and that the spirit lives on. I have always liked dreamcatchers, their hope, and mystical side crossed with the beauty of them really sits with me well.
My mum and I had spent a long time and I mean several months looking for some new wallpaper. The “feature wall we had previously chose in the bedroom looked too plain once we had put it up. It was suppose to be glitter, however this didn’t really show up and the wall looked quite plain. All the paper we had seen was somehow just not right… I mean it had taken forever to choose the glitter paper and so now we were totally lost. That is until I thought about this dreamcatcher idea. A friend of mine had done one and it was amazing, she had done also a Wiccan wheel of the year (maybe one day I’ll attempt that!).
I raised the idea with mum and she liked the plan. The idea was that if we had a dreamcatcher big enough it would make the wall look less plain and boring! Over the next few days we collected materials I would need to create this giant dreamcatcher.
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Tutorial as follows:
To make your giant dreamcatcher you will need…
⭐️ A hula hoop
⭐️ 1 ball of 100g yarn
⭐️ Crochet doily/tablecloth
⭐️ Colourful ribbon, glittery yarn, string
⭐️ shells (optional)
⭐️ rhinestones (optional)
⭐️ Double sided tape
To hang your dreamcatcher you will also need
⭐️ screw in hook
Take your hula hoop and place a little piece (about 2cm) of double sided tape onto it so that your yarn sticks just a little. Alot of tutorials say to use a glue gun however I say avoid this as it can burn a hole in the hula hoop as they are only made of thin plastic. Double sided tape works fine.
Wrap the hula hoop with the yarn. This step is a really tedious as you have to constantly pass the yarn through the hoop (but goes quite quick while watching Netflix!). Make sure you take your time and wrap it tight so none of the hula hoop shows through. Every 10 – 12cm or so, add a piece of double sided tape to ensure the yarn stays in place.
Once you have wrapped the yarn all the way around the hoop add another piece of double sided tape and then tie a little knot to make sure it is extra secure.
Next take your doily or tablecloth. Depending on the size of your hula hoop and the size of your doily/ tablecloth you may need to make some adjustment. I had a crochet tablecloth however it was too big. I slowly and carefully went round the cloth cutting and re crocheting the ends and tying them off one by one. I did a little at a time until the cloth was the right size. This took a lot of time but its worth taking the time and doing it little by little as you don’t want to cut too much off. Keep the pieces you cut off as these will be used later.
Once at the right size I placed it in the centre of my hoop and every few cm I tied it too the hoop using the same yarn that I used to cover the hula hoop.
Next I took the pieces I cut off the cloth and sewed the ends so they wouldn’t unravel. I tied these onto the bottom of the hula hoop. I added ribbon in the same colours of what was in the yarn. Each piece of ribbon was approximately 160cm folded in half and looped and tied round the hula hoop.
Now comes the fun part… adding embellishments! A time to really add a personal touch to your dreamcatcher! I used a mixture of beads, feathers, shells and rhinestones. I also made some clay feathers to really add that personal touch. Having planned to display my dreamcatcher in the bedroom above the headboard on our boring wallpaper I wanted it to really stand out so added quite a bit of decoration to it. However you can go as crazy or simple as you want.
This is my dreamcatcher hung up in place. I hung it with a simple screw in hook. I had to drill a hole and put in a raw plug as our walls are brick. Its really strong which is good because I don’t want it falling on my head in the middle of the night!
I loved the way it came out and it really has made a statement in the bedroom and changed such a boring wall space into something to be proud of. Its also saved a bunch of money on new wallpaper and the hassle of removing wallpaper and putting new up. Overall this dreamcatcher probably cost me £10. That is the cost of the hula hoop, tablecloth (which I snapped up on eBay) and the ribbon. The shells I scavenged from the beach and the feathers I picked up from the garden with the exception of the peacock feather which was from a friends garden.
If you decide to have a go and make your own dreamcatcher then please send me a photo and comment below. Id love to see what you make. If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to ask. Once again I would be grateful if you can like, subscribe, and share with your friends and family.