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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Big 20/20 Event: Day 8: Make Your Own Dreamcatcher

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Here we go with our Day 8 tutorial.


Make Your Own Dreamcatcher


This post is brought to you by the lovely Sierra.

Hello beautiful soul.

Today we are making dream catchers. As you can tell by the pictures, this is NOT a traditional Native American dream catcher. Because they are meditative in a way to make, I like to call it dream weaving when I make one. I think of something I want to manifest in my life and as I make one I meditate on that and how I can bring it about. These are super easy to make and I'm excited to share it with you. First you need to gather your materials:

  • Yarn
  • Metal Ring (in the US you can find these in gold and silver in craft shops like Joann's and Michael's)
  • Embroidery floss (optional) in a different color from the yarn
  • Feathers
  • Beads (I used pony beads, but you can use any kind of bead that the embroidery floss goes through)
  • Scissors

There are some variations to these materials. Instead of the metal ring you can use a round embroidery hoop. Instead of using embroidery floss you can just use the yarn for the whole thing. I highly suggest getting a ring that's large enough that the skein of yarn can go through, this makes things a heck of a lot easier.


First thing to do is start your knot on the metal ring. So take a long piece of yarn from the yarn skien (don't cut it off of the skien) and tie it to the ring. Make the tail long so you can come back and tie it again to make a loop. Do not cut anything in this step!

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Now that you have your loop, start to wrap the yarn around the ring (keeping the loop free, the loop is how you hang it). I suggest 2 ways of wrapping. Don't cut the yarn from the skein and just take the skien around and around. OR pull out a lot of yarn (enough to cover the ring...you'll have to guestimate) cut it, and start wrapping without having to use the whole skein, ball, however you have your yarn.
Get the yarn all the way around! When you get to the loop part just tie the end around the metal ring, or tie it to the loop, however you want to secure it will be fine. Heck if you even want to get some glue in there, go right ahead, just make sure it dries clear!
When you are done wrapping the yarn and have tied the end off, grab your embroidery floss tie it anywhere on the ring and start making your design. If you decided against using the floss then take a piece of your yarn and make your design. The floss makes the dream catcher look more polished.
Now your design is done. Go on and cut some different lengths of the floss and tie them to the bottom of the dream catcher, add your beads, then tie on the feathers, and push the beads over the feather ends to finish it off.
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And wa-la you have a wonderful dream catcher! :D
What inspires you? Depends on the day ;) sometimes the random thoughts in my head, sometimes nature, other people, books, stories, adventures.
Where do you get your ideas from for tutorials/products? Haha...this tutorial was from Girl Scouts. Recently I taught how to make these in my women's circle and I remember how much I loved making them as a kid.
How long have you been a creating your products? Different products off and on for years. Most of the time for fun, some of the time for sell.
What is your biggest dream for your future? Sooo many dreams for the future! Too many to name! I don't think I have a biggest dream.
Sierra writes at The Spirituality Seeker and Reiki Playground. She and Reiki are best buds. Since it showed up in her life she’s been more loving to herself and has grown by leaps and bounds as an individual. She credits Reiki to helping manage her past anger at herself and to get over the “little things” much faster. Her motto is “It’s all good” and she loves injecting humor into her life in anyway she can.

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