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!
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!
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
- Glue the leather cord to the ring (we used Tacky Glue) leaving about two inches free at the end of the cord
- Begin wrapping the cord around the ring
- When you’ve wrapped the entire ring, tie a knot using the end you left free
- Cut three yards of embroidery thread or hemp
- Tie the embroidery thread onto the ring, near to where you tied the leather cord
- Measure about a pinky fingers length away from the knot
- Wrap the thread underneath the ring, then loop it through, pulling it tight
- Repeat this “knot” around the entire ring
- When you get back to the first knot, tie a real knot
- Begin going around the ring again, this time making each “knot” in the middle of the thread
- Begin adding embellishments as you continue to weave the dreamcatcher (we added jingle bells, which we felt was a great festive element!)
- When you get to a stopping point, tie a knot and cut off the end
- Begin tying lengths of yarn to the bottom of the dreamcatcher (now begins the really fun part!)
- Tie on lengths of leather cord and attach feathers using tacky glue or by tying them on
- Add more jingle bells 🙂
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!
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!” – Luke 2:11