DIY: Holiday Dreamcatchers

I don’t know about you guys, but I get a little nutty this time of year. The smells, the sounds, the lights, the traditions! As my Grandpa says, “I’m about run away with nostalgia.” (For those of you not familiar with Southern jargon, that roughly translates to, I’m extremely nostalgic!)

One of my favorite things about the Holiday season is decorating! A little after Thanksgiving I was trying to think of a fun Christmas craft to share here on Oak and Earth, and it suddenly hit me – Holiday dreamcatchers!

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This is such a fun project, and we are so excited about it! So, grab some cocoa, slip into your comfy clothes, put on your favorite Christmas album, and make a craft night of it with your best girlfriends!

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Materials:

Metal ring or embroidery ring (we used embroidery rings)

Embroidery thread or hemp (we used embroidery thread)

Leather crafting cord

Yarn (in fun holiday colors!)

Feathers, jingle bells, beads, and/or other embellishments

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Directions:

  1. Glue the leather cord to the ring (we used Tacky Glue) leaving about two inches free at the end of the cord
  2. Begin wrapping the cord around the ring
  3. When you’ve wrapped the entire ring, tie a knot using the end you left free
  4. Cut three yards of embroidery thread or hemp
  5. Tie the embroidery thread onto the ring, near to where you tied the leather cord
  6. Measure about a pinky fingers length away from the knot
  7. Wrap the thread underneath the ring, then loop it through, pulling it tight
  8. Repeat this “knot” around the entire ring
  9. When you get back to the first knot, tie a real knot
  10. Begin going around the ring again, this time making each “knot” in the middle of the thread
  11. Begin adding embellishments as you continue to weave the dreamcatcher (we added jingle bells, which we felt was a great festive element!)
  12. When you get to a stopping point, tie a knot and cut off the end
  13. Begin tying lengths of yarn to the bottom of the dreamcatcher (now begins the really fun part!)
  14. Tie on lengths of leather cord and attach feathers using tacky glue or by tying them on
  15. Add more jingle bells ­čÖé

The rest is up to your creative instinct! There is quite a bit of room here to let your personality shine. Have fun with it! We think these gold dipped feathers would be a great addition. Also, here is a tutorial with more in depth instructions on basic dreamcatcher weaving, with pictures!

We had a blast with this project and know you will too! Remember, this season is all about making memories with those you love, and crafts are a perfect way to do that! Tag pics of your holiday dreamcatchers to #OakandEarthBlog so we can see your creations!

As always, live healthy, love hard, and have a very Merry Christmas!

– Shelby

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“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!” – Luke 2:11

 

4 thoughts on “DIY: Holiday Dreamcatchers

  1. Pleats and Keats says:

    These pictures are absolutely, heartbreakingly gorgeous. I used to make dreamcatchers back in high school (kindred spirits?!) and it was so much fun. A lot of mistakes, and my first one came out atrociously bad, but I hope its still hanging on the dash of my old car, which is now somewhere in America’s midwest.

    • Shelby Briley says:

      Definitely kindred spirits! I’ve been making them since 6th grade. I actually made everyone do that as a craft at my birthday party that year. I don’t think any of my friends thought it was a cool party activity though for some reason…

      • Pleats and Keats says:

        I would have liked it! Let’s face it though, the first time around it’s pretty difficult. But the result is so worth it. The ambiance it adds to a room is so earthy and whimsical.

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