Back when we made out summer checklist, I had added some crafty summer ideas, one being make dreamcatchers. Well, last week Emmy and I decided to put that craft to use! We had everything we needed except for wooden embroidery hoops (well, I had them somewhere but couldn’t find them….). We headed to Jo-Ann to buy some, and they were all out! But we found a pair of bamboo purse handles and I thought those would work better. So we gathered up our supplies and headed out to the porch to work. We used the following:
Bamboo purse handles
We started by cutting a lengthy piece of cording since I wasn’t sure how long we would need. I would say we cut about a 5 foot piece, but that was much more than we needed. I tied it around the bamboo handle and then we started weaving, creating a star pattern as we wove. There is really no wrong or right way to do this, but you want to make sure you wrap around the handle twice at each anchor point so that it stays still. I helped Emmy weave hers….
Here you can see in detail that at each anchor point it is wrapped twice.
When we were done, we tied it securely and left a length of cording for beads and feathers. We then added two more pieces of cording about 6 or so inches (per dreamcatcher) in length so that each dreamcatcher had 3 pieces of dangling cording for beads and feathers. I tied a knot in each, leaving room for the beads below. The beads were strung on, and the feather was inserted into the bead holes with the cording so that it would stay secure. Finally, the cording was wrapped around the feather and tied in a knot, and the excess was cut.
The last step was to cut one more piece of cording to tie to the top so that the dreamcatchers could hang.
Below is a picture of my own dreamcatcher which will go in my bedroom. I used all clear beads because I wanted it to be a little more grown up.
Here you can see Emmy’s. She used a variety of colorful feathers and beads.
All in all, it was a super easy project, and a fun mother child craft! I also explained to Emmy the meaning behind dreamcatchers, and that was a fun lesson for her as well!
I am currently working on my master bedroom so hopefully soon you will see my dreamcatcher handing over my own bed!