Hello everyone!! Today I’m sharing step-by-step instructions on how to make a dreamcatcher! 🙂 I’ve included detailed instructions and photos so you know can follow along. It’s important to me that all of the steps are crystal clear because I want you to be able to make a dreamcatcher too. This is the second dreamcatcher I’ve made and since I absolutely LOVEEE peacock feathers, why not make a peacock dreamcatcher?! Lol. This is great to either make for yourself or as a gift for a family member.
What you’ll need:
-Metal rings (the size is up to you. The larger one measured 10 inches and the three smaller ones measured 3.25 inches each. Some people also use two different sizes for these- two a smaller size and one for the center that’s a little bigger.)
-Glue, this is to help seal the knots so it doesn’t come undone and beads are held in place. I used a hot glue gun but another good idea is superglue. Whichever glue you use, you want it to dry fast and be clear.
-String (This is for the webbing on the inside of the ring and the bottom hanging part; you can choose any color you like)
-A few large paperclips
-Feathers (I used a mixture of dark brown, peacock, and white feathers that I purchased at a craft store. The peacock feathers are man-made!)
-Suede Lacing (Enough to tightly wrap around the metal ring. The roll I used measured 0.125 in x 25 yd/3 mm x 22.5 m and I still had plenty left over)
-If you want extra things hanging on the bottom, good ideas are lace, string, beads, etc.
1) First, get all of your materials ready. Then, begin tightly wrapping the ring with the suede lacing. Place a paperclip on the starting end to hold it down while you continue to finish wrapping the rest of the ring.
2) To seal the two ends together, I used a hot glue gun. I glued the end pieces on the back so that it didn’t show on the front of the dream catcher. Remember to remove the paperclip but still hold the ends together; you don’t want it unraveling. I only put enough glue to seal and hold it in place (I put a little on the sides and top of the ends). You want to use a glue that dries quickly.
3) Repeat the steps above to cover all of the rings.
4) Then, I got out the string I was using for the webbing and paper clipped one end to the top (where we just sealed the ends of the suede lacing; make sure it is firmly holding the string because it will be getting tugged and pulled on-I also wrapped it a few times around the ring as well).
5) Wrap the string around the ring as shown above. The best way I can describe it is: “under-over-under-over”. You definitely do not want it as loose as the picture above; that is just to help show you how. You want to have the string a little tighter/closer to the edge of the ring. Trust me, I started over 3-4 times before I finally got it the way I wanted it ha-ha. So don’t worry if you mess up the first time!
6) If you decide to use beads around the ring like I did, take the starting end of the string (paperclip the end piece down) and begin placing the beads in the pattern you would like them to be in. Make sure at least the center bead has a big enough opening because you will be placing a second piece of string through it.
7) Repeat this pattern until the beads cover the loops on the whole ring. Once this is done, make sure the loops aren’t loose.
8) Now, switch ends of the string again and you’re going to place the end of the string into each of the center beads of your pattern. (This is why I mentioned to be sure the opening is big enough since you will be placing two strings through it; it can be kind of tricky.)
9) Once you have done this all the way around the ring, it’s time to finish the rest of the webbing! You are going to wrap the string on every straight line as shown above (where I have the end of the pen pointing). Wrap it “under-over-under-over”; just like you did in the beginning. I also added helpful pictures on the bottom of this page!
10) Continue to wrap the string the same exact way. You are going to do this the entire time until you get to the center.
11) Once you get to the center and the middle opening is as small as you like, create a loop and tie a double knot. I made the knot on the back of the dream catcher. Make sure it is right against the opening because you will be cutting off the excess string and you don’t want anything hanging down. To be sure that it was secure, I placed a small, small drop of hot glue on the knot.
12) With the end of string still at the top in the paperclip, wrap it around the ring a few times and put hot glue on the ends to secure it.
13) If you are using extra rings like I did, repeat all of the steps above until complete! However, for the three small rings I did not use beads on them. Also, attach all of the small rings to the larger one.
14) Using three long pieces of string (the length is up to you), fold each in half and loop/tie the curved end of the string over the bottom of each of the three small rings. (In other words, measure how long you would like the bottom lengths to be and double it; you will be looping/tying the string around the bottom part of the rings and it will create two sides) Please look at the picture above for clarification because I know this sounds a tad bit confusing! Ha-ha!
You can also use suede lacing but personally I didn’t like it! It’s all up to you!
15) It’s now time to add the hangings for the bottom of the dream catcher! I used different colored beads (green, blue, and dark brown), dark brown feathers, six peacock feathers, and a few pure white fluffy feathers (to add fullness-optional). So get out all of your feathers, glue, scissors, beads, and either a paper plate or old newspaper so the glue doesn’t get all over the surface you are working on.
*I know this sounds like a lot so far but you’re almost done and it will be so worth it!! 😀
16) This is optional, but if you are using multiple colors/types of feathers like I did, you can lay them out to design a pattern for each string. This is shown above and I definitely recommend it! It allows you to visually see the pattern and lets you change anything before finalizing! Kind of like a rough draft! Lol.
17) Then, start placing your beads onto your string any way you want. For the top part I added a few extra colored beads.
18) For the beads that you chose to put your feathers through- place one bead on each side of the string until you get it as close to the ring as you want. Then stick the feather(s) through the bead. Before gluing, cut any excess length on the stems of the feathers (you don’t want them sticking out of the top!). Once the feathers are in place, put a drop of hot glue on the tops to seal them in!
19) Repeat the step above (Step 16) until you’re finished with all sections! Space out the beads as far as you want them (I made the mistake of putting them too close together so it was a little clumpy).
20) Double check everything to make sure all feathers and beads are secure. Whatever excess string you did not use, you are now going to cut it off- which is the final step! As you can see in the picture above, I cut the excess string right where the last bead is; I cut it as close to the bottom of the bead as possible without ruining anything.
21) Using a piece of suede lacing, create a ‘hanger’ on the top of the dream catcher. This will go over the same place where you glued the ends of the suede lacing that you used for the metal ring.
Then, you’re done! 🙂 You are now able to hang up your beautiful peacock dream catcher!!!
Yes, there are many other ways of making dream catchers, especially since there are other designs you could do, but this is mine. I hope my directions and pictures were clear enough to understand; if not, please feel free to leave a comment or any questions below and I will answer back as soon as possible! 🙂 I tried my best as some things were a little hard to explain! Lol. I hope you understand! 😀
To learn more about the history of dream catchers and to check out the first one I ever made (with instructions and pictures), please click on the links below!!