Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DIY: how to make a vintage lace dreamcatcher

I've been wanting to make a dreamcatcher for months now and let me tell you, it's really super easy to do and doesn't take more time than watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy! I know this isn't the most traditional dreamcatcher but it sure is pretty, isn't it? I love looking at all the different vintage lace, buttons and feathers. 

Months ago, when there wasn't any snow on the ground yet and we were cleaning up the last piles of sticks and leaves in the yard, I asked Jason to cut me a few skinny branches off of that tree that had gotten cut down in the Spring and had since just been chilling in our yard. 
He cut up the tree for firewood and left a few assorted branches on the porch for me to do whatever with. Most of the time he doesn't even ask about my intentions anymore... ;)

Of course I had a project in mind but for a few more weeks those branches just peered up at me every time I went outside like "are you gonna pick us up anytime soon or not?" 
So one evening I finally picked out one of those branches, brought it inside and decided it was time to start working on that dreamcatcher I had been imagining in my mind for so long.

If you'd like to make a similar dreamcatcher you will need the following:

a fresh, thin branch
cotton string 
(packaging string works fine, martha stewart makes cotton hemp string in various colors as well)
lace trim 
(I used mostly vintage trim I bought at an antiques shop in a big bag for like $3, you can also find it online for pretty cheap, lace heaven is a great place I've ordered from before) 
(any craft store will have a variety)
suede cord 
(craft store or etsy)
(again, I used vintage buttons from the thrift store I've collected over time)

You can add whatever you like to this. Make it your own. Check out the trim section at your local craft store as well. 

First you'll need to bend your branch into a circular shape and use some of the cotton string to tie it with. A second person can be very helpful with this. Once you've got it tied nice and tight, cut another extra long piece of string for the net or web you want to create on the inside.
I didn't measure mine and it will depend on the hoop size but if you're unsure just be generous with the length. 

Tie one end to the hoop and then just start wrapping it around the entire hoop leaving about 1.5"-2" between each loop you make. Don't pull the string too tight. Once you get back around to your first loop you want to guide the string through that loop and then through the next and so on.
If you keep doing that you will automatically create a net that will get smaller to the inside of the hoop.
Because the hoop isn't perfectly round, my net also doesn't look even and like the traditional dreamcatcher net. 

If this just confused you a heck ton (yes, you can say that) please refer to the diagram below ;) 


I used the end of the string to tie a button but you could also just cut it off or string beads into your net while you're working on it. Wooden beads would look amazing!

Once the net is all done, simply tie all of the decorations onto the branch. I tied a few feathers together with the suede cord which worked great, no glue needed. Whenever you're satisfied with the way your dreamcatcher looks, hang it up and admire your work!! 

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  1. Love it! Getting the materials to make this soon...

  2. OH MY HECK, this is the cutest thing ever. I'm going to need to make one ASAP!!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  3. Wow I love this! I will have to make one of these ASAP! Thanks for the lovely tutorial :)

  4. This is gorgeous!! I think I'm going to need to try this little project. :)

  5. so cute!!!

    xo, Courtney

  6. wow this is so beautiful, thanks for a great DIY!
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  7. i used to make dreamcatchers all the time when i was a kid! thanks for the reminder that they're so easy and fun!!

  8. This is amazing! SO doing this!

  9. That's a cute way to use up a few bits from the notions box! I've been working with vintage lace too - attached a really unusual piece of coloured antique lace to a shirt. It reminded me of your old post with the lace on the back piece.

  10. Posted Your Great Tutorial On My Blog

  11. very impressive design.
    love it .


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