twig & doily dreamcatcher

the past couple of fridays have been a “craft night” – just me, my supplies, a bottle of wine and some tv. at 32, i find this is my preferred evening entertainment (my inspirational programming of late has been junk gypsies, project runway and most recently – project runway all-stars).

this weekend i had a few projects in mind, a rummaged through my craft drawers and found nearly all the supplies i needed – which is always a plus on the pocketbook. then after a walk out to the garden (???) and $30 spent at the craft shop i was set.

i’m going to share one of those projects with you, but first a little story (which leads into my inspiration for the project)…

i’ve always been a lover of the southwest. rustic, colorful, full of history and heat (i love any place that boasts sky rocketed temps in the summer). a couple of years ago, i did one of my famous midwest to west coast road trips – solo. on the way back east, i spent time in arizona, new mexico and texas. it was a blast. soaking up the scenery, exploring the local cuisines and taking in some of america’s most authentic culture. i can’t wait to get back.

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clockwise: eastern arizona sunset; meteor city exit (also one of my favorite joe purdy songs – i listened to it as i passed by, cheesy – i know.); abandoned souvenir shop near flagstaff; me and don henley standing on a corner in winslow, az; the most awesome tour bus ever in santa fe, nm; santa fe native american handmade vendors

while in new mexico, i bought ross a dreamcatcher. for the past 3 years we’ve had it hanging in our home(s). as a dreamer, i’ve always been in love with these native american good luck charms. my first dreamcatcher was a gift from my grandmother 20+ years ago.

for those of you that don’t know the background… certain native american tribes believed that a dreamcatcher could filter good and bad dreams only allowing the good ones to slip through the holes, down the feathers and into one’s sleep.

ok, now on to the project… a twig & doily dreamcatcher. i figure what better way to prompt only the best dreams than to make one of my own???


my handmade twig & doily dreamcatcher

what you’ll need:

  • a freshly cut branch/twig
  • a lace doily
  • leather cord
  • feathers
  • beads
  • super glue
  • string
  • ribbon

1) cut a branch off a tree… you must use a freshly cut one for flexibility and the ability to wrap into a circular wreath. 2) attach the doily to the wreath – i used some needlepoint string 3) tie three pieces of leather cord to the wreath, cut these so the middle one is the longest 4) string a few beads onto each cord 5) at your desired length lightly glue your feathers 6) pull down the beads over the top of the feathers 7) trim any excess leather cord 8) tie a ribbon around the top of the wreath 9) hang in your favorite spot 10) you’re done!

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3 Responses to “twig & doily dreamcatcher”

  1. Abby
    October 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I see some re-purposing of wedding materials… love!

  2. Karen Collins
    October 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    That is so cute, I’ve always loved dream catchers!

  3. October 30, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    dream catchers are so magical. i had several as a kid and recently bought one for zoey. had i known it would be so easy to make one…i would’ve done just that! i think i’ll pin this or keep it in the “to do” file. what a great craft for us to do when zoey gets older! thanks, b. good one.

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