Make your own Dreamcatchers

This past weekend my sister and I sat down to make dreamcatchers. It’s a project that both of us have wanted to do for the past few years, and I’m so happy we finally got the chance to do it together. We had so much fun! (I think we’re both a little bit obsessed now and I’m trying to convince my sister to start up a little shop to sell them!)

We’re currently staying in our family beach house on Bainbridge Island, so we were able to search the beach for treasures to decorate the dreamcatchers. We then went to the little bead store on the island and picked up some pretty beads, strings and ribbons. I really love how they turned out and I thought I would share how we made them:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • sticks for the outside circle (try to find ones which will bend without snapping)
  • string or thread (we used natural hemp because we liked the look and feel of it – but you can use anything!)
  • beads, feathers, ribbons, shells, and anything else you want to use as decoration on your dreamcatcher

And here are the basic steps:

  • Create a circle with the sticks and tie the sticks together using string (we tied the sticks together in several positions around the circle to ensure they didn’t come apart)
  • Start to create the webbing of the dreamcatcher by first tying a long string onto the circle of sticks at any point (this string should be at least 5 feet long to ensure you have enough for the entire web). From there, you move to the right of the circle and loop the string around the circle at different intervals around, keeping the string nice and taught (see photo above for how to loop the string).
  • Once you’ve made it around the circle, you’ll then repeat this process, going around the circle again, but this time you’ll be looping onto the path of string you’ve just created. Add some beads on the string in desired places as you web the string around (see photo above). You’ll then continue this process until you’ve created a circular web inside the circle. You can tie a knot at the inside of the web when you’ve finished.

  • Now that your web is finished, you can now add the tassels and decorations to your dreamcatcher. Here you can be really creative: string up some beads, tie a feather to a string and then add beads, braid together different colours of strings, string up some shells, pinecones, ribbons, etc. This is really the fun part and here is where you can involve your children!

And that’s it! I’ve added lots of photos in case my instructions aren’t clear – so hopefully you can get a good sense of the steps as well as some inspiration for ways to decorate your dreamcatcher. If you have any questions, just ask in the comment section below!

xx Courtney


Comments (5)

August 13, 2013

love them – well done sisters…..i would like to tackle this some day…how lovely to make them on a summers day….they look great – yep sister sell them in a shop – i would buy one!

August 16, 2013

[…] whole world opens up to her! 3. Sara enjoying the views over Paris. 4. Courtney and her sister made dreamcatchers! 5. The view from the house of Emilie’s uncle. A dream! 6. Sisters in Paris! 7. Courtney and […]

April 17, 2014

Looking for a good DIY dreamcatcher guide and found this blog.Thanks for the ideas! By the way, I grew up on Bainbridge Island so I have lots of beach treasures too!

August 17, 2015

[…] hung it up on the wall behind our bed. Such perfect decoration for our beach house (along with the dreamcatchers we made a couple years […]

September 6, 2015

I love making dream catchers with my three children, we are getting pretty good at it now and have made a few with sari silk ribbons too.!Make-DIY-dreamcatcher/c1a1n/554721a70cf2adc1ad0a00b1

I really love this blog – such a great inspiration.


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