Bohemian Dream Catcher DIY

When I was six years old my family spent the entire summer
traveling across country. I suppose you could say this is where my bohemian
spirit seeded. We started in Maine and ventured west, exploring national parks
and all that’s in between, (which, by the way, is an incredible amount).  My most favorite two weeks were spent in
Arizona on an Indian Reservation near the Grand Canyon.  We hiked the Grand Canyon, enjoyed the
organic rock water slides on the Colorado River, participated in the occasional
water balloon fight, chased jackrabbits in the petrified wood forest, and learned
so much along the way.  It truly was the trip of a
lifetime, but with all the stimulation that comes with traveling, I had been
having some pretty intense dreams for a six year old.

One of the days we were on the reservation we learned about
dream catchers, and I found them fascinating.  I wanted one of each color and size to fill my room, but because we were
traveling {and attempting to do so lightly} I had to choose one, smaller, dream
catcher to have as my own.  Instead of hanging this dreamcatcher on the wall above my head each night, I placed it on my sun-kissed
forehead before falling into sleep for the rest of that summer.  My mum and dad still laugh about it to this day.

With balmy nights approaching it couldn’t be a better time to revive my childlike wonderment and fill my bedroom with DIY bohemian dream
catchers!

Before you start:

It is important to decorate your dream
catcher with sacred items.  For me, I wanted to showcase some of the seashells I’ve
collected during my travels.  I themed one of the dream catchers around coastal bohemian elegance.  I love the patterns and shapes of our doilies (especially the Phoebe designs), to add some boho vintage-style to the project.

Be sure to add feathers, as Indian traditions propose that good dreams will make their way through the web, and the feathers allow them to softly slide though the dream catcher.

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1. Tie a head knot to where you want your dream catcher to
hang from and then macramé your quilting hoop.  I decided I wanted to spray paint one
of my hoops gold and add ribbon to another.  You could modpodge fabric, or tightly warp it with yarn.

2. Lay your doily in the center of the quilting hoop and then secure the horizontal sides first, being sure to stretch and secure tightly.  The best way to secure evenly is to divide by sections.  I opted for 9 & 3 then 12 & 6 and so forth (clock sections).  This way you can secure each side with even tension.  Don’t cut your twine after, let it dangle so you can attach your adornments. 

3. Once your doily web is bound evenly inside the hoop, start adding your adornments.  Braid ribbons and twine, add tassels, ornaments, feathers, shells, driftwood, beads, crystals, chimes, or anything of significance to you!  If you’re hoping for a little extra glamour in your dream-scapades, use Mod-Podge or another adhesive to glitter up your feather tips!

  • Hot glue proved to be incredibly helpful when working with fishing line and the beads. 
  • Don’t be afraid to over do it. You can always refine your choices. 
These Dream Catchers were made using hand crocheted Cotton Lace Doilies from Luna Bazaar.

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