In honor of MLK day that just recently passed, I am going to share with you my “I have a dream” Dream catchers. (Cheezy, I know. My kids didn’t laugh either.)
We have all seen these in the gift shops in various places. Most of the time they are made out of cheap ‘faux’ material that you can just as easily get from Joann’s or Michael’s.
So I said to myself, “I can do that!” and I did as you can see in this quick tutorial. Now, remember that I’m purging my craft room, so I’m doing this with the tools that I have on hand. Use materials that you have on hand OR you can easily go get the “faux” authentic stuff. lol
*16guage floral wire
*Cotton strip of fabric (some remnants from a jelly roll I had)
*Floss (approx. 3-4ft) (aka embroidery thread. I used 571)
The first thing you need to do is make your ring. I used a sugar canister to help ‘mold’ the shape. I then wrapped the two ends together to form a loop, and then cut off the excess with a wire clipper.
Next, cut the jelly roll strip in half down the middle. Then cut one end at an angle. Smear some glue and proceed to wrap the wire around with the fabric.
When you get to the end of the loop, wrap over to the beginning side. You can either glue it down or do what I did and made a cut down the middle for a small split. Then I took the took pieces and wrapped them on the hook post. I glued the flaps AFTER I was done placing the string around the circle. (Click picture to make bigger.)
Now to make the circle, you will connect by wrapping the floss in small angles along the circle. First wrap around the circle and then have the floss come back through the hole you just created.Continue this way all the way around till you get to the beginning.
You will now go through your first hole the same way you went around the circle. Do this to each hole all the way around in a continues motion. (See picture. I have my beads showing to help with emphasis.)
*Tip: To prevent the floss from moving around I held it tightly while stringing it on the next hole. Once I had a tight grip I then moved and grabbed the new knot while creating the next one.
*BEAD Tip: Wait till your 3rd round before placing beads. And remember, less is always better.
Once you have gone completely around and are about to run out of string. Just knot at the end and trim excess. Just be sure that you don’t create a closed hole dream catcher. (IMO, they just look weird.)
*Tip: Try to end close to a bead or at a joint to help hide the knot.
Please feel free to comment if you need any help. 🙂